Delhi Capitals (DC) and Gujarat Titans (GT) are set to lock horns in Match No.7 of the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Tuesday, April 4 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.
The Titans came into existence only in the previous season and the two teams have played each other only once in the history of the championship. The Titans will be led by Hardik Pandya, who guided his team to glory back in 2022.
The Capitals, on the other hand, named David Warner as their skipper after Rishabh Pant was ruled out due to multiple injuries that he sustained in an accident.
DC vs GT head to head record
DC vs GT IPL match results
The Capitals and the Titans don’t have a long history. The Titans came up trumps in their only meeting. DC will now be looking to draw level with a victory in their second meeting.
Here’s a more detailed look at how this rivalry has unfolded:
|02-04-2022||Gujarat Titans||14 runs||Pune|
DC vs GT IPL stats
Shubman Gill, who joined the Titans back in 2022, is the leading run score in the DC vs GT head to head. Pant is second in the list after he scored 43, but DC won’t have his services this time around. Pandya’s role will be critical as he played a crucial role in GT winning the title last year.
Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson is the leading wicket-taker in the DC vs GT head to head. The speedster picked up four wickets. But he won’t be a part of the Titans this season after he moved to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
Mustafizur Rahman has been a stalwart for Bangladesh and has done well for the Capitals over the last couple of seasons. Mohammed Shami is also expected to play a key role.
Best match in the Delhi Capitals vs Gujarat Titans head to head
The Capitals and the Titans haven’t faced each other a whole lot in the IPL. In their short history, only the Titans have had the chance to celebrate.
Here’s a look at how the match unfolded:
Game One – GT win by 14 runs
After being put in to bat first, the Titans racked up a decent score of 171 for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. GT didn’t get off to a great start as Matthew Wade got out early to Mustafizur. From there on, Gill took charge and scored 84 runs off 46 balls with the help of six fours and four sixes. The batter ensured that the Capitals weren't allowed to dominate after their initial breakthrough.
He also stitched together a useful partnership of 65 runs with skipper Hardik, who scored a handy 27-ball 31 before Khaleel Ahmed accounted for his wicket. Vijay Shankar found the going tough after he huffed and puffed to 13 runs off 20 balls before Kuldeep Yadav rattled his woodwork.
David Miller and Rahul Tewatia pulled off some lusty blows in the death overs to make sure the Titans breach the 170-run mark. Mustafizur was the pick of the bowlers for the Capitals. Shardul Thakur and Axar Patel had off days as they leaked 79 runs without picking up a single wicket.
The Capitals never got their noses ahead in their run-chase as they kept losing wickets at crucial stages. In the end, with 24 runs needed of the last over, DC fell way short of the target.
Pant was the standout batter for the Capitals after he scored 43 runs off 29 balls with seven fours. Ferguson picked up Pant’s crucial wicket in the 15th over and dented DC’s hopes of pulling off a victory at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Ferguson also went on to win the award for the Player of the Match. The pacer finished with figures of 4-0-28-4 and also got the crucial wickets of Prithvi Shaw, Mandeep Singh and Axar Patel.
When Lalit Yadav and Pant were batting, it seemed that the Capitals had a fair chance of winning the game. But once Yadav was run out and the partnership of 61 runs was broken, DC’s innings went downhill.
Shami and Hardik lent Ferguson support by conceding only 58 runs off eight wickets and picking up three important wickets. Rashid Khan did his job as well, getting the important wicket of Shardul Thakur through an LBW. It was a thoroughly dominating performance from the Titans.
Can the Gujarat Titans stay unbeaten against the Delhi-based franchise? On the contrary, can Warner’s Capitals win the match and putting a good account of themselves? Let’s wait for April 4.