PBKS vs GT: The TATA IPL 2022 has entered the business stage and, with every match gone by, fans are getting a clearer picture of the top four. Both new franchises are almost through the playoffs, but now the competition is for third and fourth place. Five teams are fighting for these two spots. And one such team is the Punjab Kings, who are fighting for their survival.
PBKS will lock horns with the table topper, Gujarat Titans. They will have to go through the most difficult team in this competition. The match will take place at the DY Patil Stadium at 7:30 pm. So let’s check out the complete details of the match and the possible XI for both teams.
PBKS vs GT: Match Preview and Prediction
Punjab Kings are in the race for the third and fourth spots on the points table. They have won four matches and have five losses under their belts and are sitting in the 7th spot. PBKS has five matches left to play, and they must win at least four of them to advance to the next round. But the biggest concern for them is the inconsistency in the batting department.
Apart from Shikhar Dhawan and Liam Livingstone, not many have shown the necessary batting form. That is the cause of their bad performance in the ongoing season. But they still have very few opportunities to make it to the next round. But only a miracle can save them from this position.
Probably XI: Mayank Agarwal (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (Wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh
No one would have thought that the new franchise, the Gujarat Titans, would top the group at any point. But Hardik Pandya and his team have proved everyone wrong. GT is playing the best game in the competition. That is the reason they have beaten every team that has faced them so far. Gujarat are almost through to the final, but they are left with five more league games to play.
So this will be a great opportunity for them to test their bench strength. The players who haven’t got the chance can get the game to be match-ready. So we can expect a few changes in the team. GT will also want to finish the league stage in the top two positions to get an extra benefit.
Probably XI: Wriddhiman Saha (Wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (C), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Pradeep Sangwan Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph
PBKS vs GT Match, Pitch and Toss Update
The pitch at the DY Patil Stadium is a true batting pitch. Batsmen can play their shots with the bounce. The average score here is 168 runs. However, in the last three IPL matches here, the first innings score was around 158-160. With a shorter boundary on one side, it will be difficult for the bowlers to restrict them to scoring. The dew might also be another factor in the second innings. It will be difficult for the bowlers to grip the wet ball. The toss will be crucial in the game. And on this pitch, the team winning the toss should go for the bowl first. Chasing the target has a better win percentage on this ground. However, in the 14 matches played on this ground this season, batting first has won 6 and batting second has won 8.
IPL 2022: PBKS vs GT: Players to watch out for
Shikhar Dhawan has been a consistent batter in the history of the Indian Premier League. That is why he is the second highest run-scorer in IPL history. This season as well, the veteran opener has shown decent form. In nine matches, he has scored 307 runs at an average and strike rate of 38.38 and 126.34, respectively.
Rahul Chahar will be the pick from the PBKS bowling. The leg-spinner has done a decent job so far. Rahul is an aggressive bowler who goes for wickets all the time. He has taken 12 wickets in nine matches at an average of 21.17.
Hardik Pandya has done more than expected for the Gujarat Titans. He is very active and performs in all aspects of the game. But, particularly with his batting, he is the fourth highest run-getter in the competition. The GT skipper has scored 308 runs at an average of 51.33 and a strike rate of 135.68.
Mohammed Shami picked the first ball wicket in the last match against DC. The veteran pacer is leading the pace attack of the Gujarat Titans. He is good in both power-play and death overs. Shami has picked 14 matches so far at an average of 20.00.
IPL 2022: Playing 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Wriddhiman Saha (GT), Jonny Bairstow (PBKS)
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan (PBKS), Mayank Agarwal (PBKS), Shubman Gill (GT), David Miller (GT)
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya (GT), Liam Livingstone (PBKS)
Bowlers: Mohammed Shami (GT), Rahul Chahar (PBKS), Sandeep Sharma (PBKS)
Tips: Mayank Agarwal will be the captain of the team. Hardik Pandya or Shubman Gill will be the vice-captain. Both teams have an all-round team, but as GT is almost through the next round, they might give a chance to other players. So we will back Punjab Kings to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.