Punjab Kings were the table topper last week, but they lost to the bottom-table team SunRisers Hyderabad in the 14th match of the Indian Premier League, 2022. Shikhar Dhawan was the only one in the team who just took the whole team on his shoulders and scored 99 runs in 66 balls, shutting down all his haters who were talking about his form and strike rate.
The whole Punjab Kings lineup, except Sam Curran and Dhawan, were not able to score more than five runs, which was just disastrous batting from the Punjab Kings side. SunRisers Chased the total comfortably as Rahul Tripathi scored 74 runs knocked and made his team win by 8 wickets.
Gujarat Titans faced something impossible from the Kolkata Knight Riders side as Rinku Singh hit 5 sixes in five balls when they needed 28 runs in five balls. Yash Dayal could not hold his nerves and gave three full tosses to him, but still, it was Rinku Singh who hit those and converted them into sixes. The Match was the most interesting one, which any cricket fan love to see again.
Rashid Khan led the side and took a Hattrick in his last over and almost made it impossible to Kolkata win the match, but then Rinku Singh was the man who hit five sixes in five balls of Yash Dayal. Gujarat Titan last year won a match in which they needed 12 from 2 balls, and for them, Rahul Tewatia hit those two sixes.
Gujarat Titans will look to forget their last match and focus on the next match, but still, there is a bit of doubt that Hardik Pandya will feature in this match, too, as he is having some problems with his fitness, and that’s why he was out from the last match. Rashid Khan said that he was not feeling fully fit, and that’s why he is out of the match, as he doesn’t want to risk his body because of the upcoming WTC T20 and ODI World Cup.
PBKS vs GT: Head-to-Head Record
Punjab Kings faced Gujarat Titans twice, in which both teams won 1-1 matches each. The Punjab Kings won their last match against the Gujarat side, in which Kagiso Rabada gave the Player of the Match award by picking 4 wickets in his four-over spell. Both teams are coming with a loss in their previous match, so it is going to be exciting to see which team has more hunger for a win.
PBKS vs GT: Pitch Report of Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
|Batting first won||6|
|Batting second won||4|
|Average First Innings Score||166|
|Spinner Took||181 Wickets|
|Pacer Took||408 Wickets|
Mohali pitch offers something for everyone as the average 1st innings score here is normal, and pacers enjoyed more bowling on this surface rather than spinners. The last match played on this pitch was between Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Punjab Kings batted first and put 191 runs on the board as all their top orders batsmen scored decent runs. Kolkata failed to chase the total and lost the match by 7 runs under the DLS method because of some rain interruptions. Arshdeep Singh bowled a beautiful spell and took three wickets in his three-over spell.
PBKS vs GT: Team Preview of Punjab Kings (PBKS)
Punjab King’s batting order collapsed in their last match against SunRisers Hyderabad, which made them lose their first match by 8 wickets. Shikhar Dhawan was the only one who stood at one end and scored 99 runs. Other than him, only Sam Curran was another batsman who was able to pass the five-run mark. The condition was good as SunRisers Hyderabad batsmen easily won the match for them.
Punjab Kings still have not included Kagiso Rabada in their squad, which is very weird because he is one of the best IPL bowlers right now, and the South African pace bowler was player of the match when Punjab played against the Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022. Liam Livingstone is on the way to coming back into the squad.
Important Players of Punjab Kings
Sam Curran- Punjab Kings
Sam Curran, till now, scored only 49 runs and took just one wicket, which is a disappointing performance from the player who is the most expensive in history. He is one of the most important players for the Punjab Kings as they bought him for 18.50 Crore, but he was unable to show his class and skill until now. Punjab Kings will be needed his good performance in the next match against the Gujarat Titans side.
Shikhar Dhawan-Punjab Kings
Shikhar Dhawan is commendable as he is the leading run scorer in the ongoing IPL. He scored 225 runs in just three matches, with an average of 225 that made critics shut their mouth who was talking about his performance and low strike rate.
PBKS vs GT: Team Preview of Gujarat Titans (GT)
The defending IPL champion suffered an almost impossible loss until Rinku Singh made it possible for Kolkata Knight Riders’ side. After the match, Gujarat Titans have big concerns about picking the death bowler as Yash Dayal might be out of the playing XI in their next match because he could not defend 29 runs in 6 balls.
If Hardik Pandya plays, then it will be a huge boost for the side. Even though Hardik Pandya has not had a great season till now, his captaincy is amazing, and he knows how to make his team win the match. The big positive for the team in the Kolkata Knight Riders match was Vijay Shankar and Sai Sudharsan’s innings.
Vijay Shankar had many bold comments toward him when he was part of the India Squad in the Asia Cup two years ago. He struggled to hit any shots but since the start of the IPL 2023. He scored 119 runs in three matches and an amazing half-century in his last match. He scored 63 runs in just 24 balls, hitting five sixes.
Gujarat Titans might give a chance to Shivam Mavi, who was impressive on his Indian debut picking four wickets against the Sri Lanka side. He also bowled amazingly well in his last year’s IPL season.
Important Players for Gujarat Titans (PBKS)
He took a hat trick in his last match and has been the core part of the team. He has taken 8 wickets in 3 matches of IPL 2023 and can score some quick-fire runs if needed. He is also a world-class fielder who can just save a few runs with his fielding.
He really surprised everyone with his amazing performances in the IPL 2023. He got an opportunity in the first match when Kane Williamson got injured and was replaced by Sai Sudharsan, who took his chance and scored some crucial 22 runs against the Chennai Super Kings. In the next match against Delhi, he was given a place in the playing XI and scored 62 runs, and in his previous match against the Kolkata Knight Riders, he again scored a half Century.
PBKS vs GTProbable Playing XIs:
Probable Lineup of Punjab Kings (PBKS)
Shikhar Dhawan(c), Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma(w), Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Nathan Ellis, Harpreet Brar, Rishi Dhawan, Arshdeep Singh
Probable Lineup of Gujarat Titans (GT)
Wriddhiman Saha(w), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya(c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Joshua Little, Shivam Mavi, Alzarri Joseph