Mohali, India – After a disastrous performance in their previous match against Kolkata Knight Riders, Gujarat Titans have dropped Yash Dayal from their playing XI for the IPL 2023 game against Punjab Kings. Dayal faced a brutal onslaught from Rinku Singh, who smashed him for five sixes in the final over, leading to a heartbreaking loss for the Titans.
In an effort to bounce back from their recent defeat, Gujarat Titans have made some crucial changes to their lineup. Mohit Sharma has stepped in to replace Dayal, making his debut for the franchise. Furthermore, skipper Hardik Pandya has returned to the squad, taking Vijay Shankar’s place.
During the toss, Pandya commented on the defeat, stating, “We are the kind of team that takes it with a smile. Played good cricket until that last over. It happens. It’s a fresh game. We’ll come out and smile, and throw some punches.” He expressed optimism for the upcoming match and seemed confident about the team’s ability to recover.
Punjab Kings captain Shikhar Dhawan mentioned that they were also planning to bowl first, but remained unfazed by the Gujarat Titans’ changes. “We have been playing good cricket. Quite normal to go through this in cricket. Won’t be the first time or the last (loss against SRH). Looking forward to putting up a great show,” said Dhawan.
Both teams have made strategic adjustments to their lineups, with Punjab Kings bringing in Kagiso Rabada for Nathan Ellis and Bhanuka Rajapaksa replacing Sikandar Raza. Matthew Short continues to hold his position in the team.
As the two teams clash in Mohali, the pressure is on the Gujarat Titans to regain their footing after their previous setback. Meanwhile, the Punjab Kings look to maintain their strong performance in IPL 2023. Fans are eager to witness how the new lineups and strategies will impact the game, as both teams vie for supremacy in the tournament.