IPL 2022: On Friday, April 8, the Punjab Kings will lock horns against the new franchise, the Gujarat Titans. The match will kick off at 7:30 PM at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. In an evening game, Mayank Agarwal and his men will be up against Hardik Pandya and his men. This is a battle of two teams sitting at Nos. 3 and 4.
The Gujarat Titans are the only unbeaten team this season. They have won their two matches this season and are looking for a hat-trick of wins. On the other hand, Punjab Kings have two wins from three games this season and are coming off a victory over the defending champions. So it will gonna be a cracker of a contest. So let’s check out the complete match details and possible XI for both teams.
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Mayank Agrawal and his team have been one of the surprise performers so far this season. They lost their second match against KKR, but they didn’t let them win that easily. However, the two wins they had were up against two powerhouses of the IPL. They have beaten RCB and CSK in their other two matches and won comprehensively. The most important thing for the Punjab is the way Liam Livingstone played against CSK. He won the “Man of the Match” award for his all-round performance.
Jonny Bairstow is also back with the team, so he will also play against the Gujarat Titans. That makes the batting line-up more destructive. He might replace Odean Smith in the team. Kagiso Rabada will lead the bowling attack. The rest of the team will be the same as it was in the previous game.
Probably XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Odean Smith, Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, and Vaibhav Arora.
Not many would have thought that Hardik Pandya could become a good captain and could lead his team to a fantastic show. At least they have done that so far. Gujarat Titans are the only team who are undefeated in this tournament so far. So, can they make it another win? It will be interesting to see. Hardik Pandya has led his team from the front. He is bowling well and making some vital contributions with the bat.
Adding to that, the form of Shubman Gill and Lockie Ferguson in the last match will surely boost the team morale. They are looking like a team where all the players are performing. Skipper would keep his winning XI in the next match as well against Punjab. So far, no changes are expected in the team.
Probably XI: Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade(wk), Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya(c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Aaron, Mohammed Shami.
IPL 2022: Punjab vs Gujarat Match, Pitch and Toss Update
The pitch at the Braboune Stadium is a high-scoring surface. The average score here is around 175+. But it always provides assistance to everyone. The pacer will get some help at the start, and the spinner will come into play later in the game. Batsmen can play their shots from the crease. Overall, it is a complete pitch that offers help to everyone. However, dew might come into play and bowlers will find it hard to grip the ball in the second innings. The toss will be crucial for both teams. And the team winning the toss will go for the chase. Toss might be the another factor for the win.
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Liam Livingstone will be the pick from the Punjab Kings. He showed in the last match against CSK why he is rated so high in T20 cricket. Livingstone paid off the faith of the franchise that invested a huge amount in him. He scored 60 off 32 balls and took two wickets as well. Livingstone will be the player to watch out for.
Kagiso Rabada has performed in the two matches he has played so far.Kagiso Rabada has performed exceptionally well in the two matches he has played for PBKS this season. He is also coming off a great home season, so he has good bowling form with him. The Punjab Kings also want him to perform, and he is the one who can win the match on his own.
Shubman Gill has played two different innings in two matches of TATA IPL 2022. In the first match, he got out for a duck against LSG. But in the second match, he bounced back with a match-winning knock of 84 off 46 balls. The opener is confident enough to play another good knock in the next match.
Lockie Ferguson was named the “Man of the Match” in the last match against DC. The Kiwi pacer took four wickets for just 28 runs. He also showed some great form in the first match, so he will be the bowler to watch out for in the next match against Punjab.
IPL 2022: Predicted 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Jonny Bairstow (PBKS)
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan (PBKS), David Miller (GT), Shubman Gill (GT)
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya (GT), Liam Livingstone (PBKS), Odean Smith (PBKS)
Bowlers: Mohammed Shami (GT), Kagiso Rabada (PBKS), Lockie Ferguson (GT), Vaibhav Arora (PBKS)
Tips: Liam Livingstone will be the captain of the team. Hardik Pandya or Shubman Gill will be the vice-captain. Both teams are batting heavily, but PBKS holds the slight edge in terms of the quality of their bowlers. So we will back Punjab to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.