Punjab Kings (PBKS) had been good in IPL 2022 till now. They had played three matches with two wins to their name. They have lost one match and are situated at the fourth position on the table. Their most recent win came against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) with a handsome margin that should boost the confidence of PBKS. Gujarat Titans are part of IPL for the first time and they have been outstanding so far. They had won both matches. They beat LSG in the first match and Delhi Capitals in a match that was very close. Now they are going to face PBKS which is also in good form.
PUNJAB KINGS REVIEWS
The key players of PBKS had joined the team and now they have the full strength to choose the best playing eleven. The batting order of Punjab is strong which is led by Mayank Agarwal, Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, B Rajapaksa, and Jitesh Sharma. Shahrukh Khan and Odean Smith are also available to bat in the middle and last overs. The batting order of PBKS performed well in the previous match but we think that they were about 20 runs short. It was easy for Punjab to cross the hurdle of 200 runs but they scored 180 runs. Liam Livingstone was the highest run-scorer with 60 runs to his name. He faced just 32 balls and smashed five boundaries and the same huge sixes during his inning. Dhawan scored 33 runs while Jitesh Sharma could manage to score 26 runs.
Mayank Agarwal is the new leader of PBKS but we had not seen any best performance by him in the last three matches. B Rajapaksa is also known as a hard-hitter of cricket but his performance is also pending. We are hoping that both batters will perform well in this match. Punjab Kings had won two matches due to the best bowling performances. Vaibhav Arora, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, Odean Smith, and Rahul Chahar are the leading bowlers while Liam Livingstone is also available as the sixth bowler option. Rahul Chahar almost destroyed the batting order of CSK in the previous match. He picked three wickets in four overs against just 25 runs. Vaibhav Arora and Liam Livingstone picked two wickets each while Kagiso Rabada, Odean Smith, and Arshdeep Singh picked one wicket each.
GUJARAT TITANS REVIEWS
Gujarat Titans are playing their first edition of IPL and what a start they had. They picked some best players in IPL auctions 2022 and we are seeing the results of the smart choices. The opening batting combination of GT is superb as Shubman Gill and Mathew Wade are the opening batters of Gujarat. Both batsmen had proved a good opening start and the rest of the batting order had done its job. They scored 171 runs in 20 overs while batting first. Shubman Gill was the most successful and highest run-scorer who scored 84 runs on 46 balls with the help of six boundaries and four huge sixes. Hardik Pandya scored 31 runs while David Miller remained not out after scoring 20 runs. Vijay Shankar, Wade, and Rahul Tewatia did not perform well in the previous match.
The bowling department of Gujarat played a main role in the win of the previous match against Delhi. They have world-class bowlers of t20 cricket like Mohammed Shami, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, and Varun Aaron. They also have some choices between Vijay Shankar and Rahul Tewatia and they used both bowlers in the previous match against DC. They leaked 157 runs in 20 overs while defending the target of 172 runs. Lockie Ferguson was the most successful and highest wicket-taker from their side who picked four wickets in his four overs while he leaked just 28 runs. Mohammed Shami picked two wickets while Rashid Khan and Hardik Pandya had one wicket each to their names. Varun Aaron, Vijay Shankar, and Rahul Tewatia failed to pick any wicket.
Match: Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans, Match 16, IPL 2022
Venue: Brabourne Stadium
Date & Time: April 8, 7:30 PM.
TOSS PREDICTION IN TODAY’S MATCH PREDICTION
The toss is going to play an important part in the result of every match of IPL T20 as we had observed in the previous editions. According to toss prediction, the team who will win the toss will elect to field first as defending had been difficult in the most recent matches of IPL.
PITCH REPORT AND CONDITIONS
The 16th match of IPL T20, 2022 is going to be held at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. We had observed in the previous matches played here that the pitch here at this venue is good for batting in early overs. The track has a good amount of pace and bounce which allows the batsmen for good cricketing shots but this ground also has big boundaries which can be a plus point for the bowlers. A score of 190 plus seems to be a par score.
WEATHER REPORT FOR TODAY’S MATCH
The weather forecast for Mumbai is good for this cricket match. There are almost no chances of rain in the region and we are hopeful that we will have a full match to enjoy.
PROBABLE PLAYING XIS FOR PBKS VS GT
Mayank Agarwal(C), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, Jitesh Sharma(Wk), Odean Smith, Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora
Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade(Wk), Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya(C), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Aaron, Mohammed Shami
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
PROBABLE BEST BATTER OF THE MATCH: LIAM LIVINGSTONE
Liam Livingstone finally came to the party in the previous encounter against the Chennai Super Kings and he played some eye-catching shots in the powerplay. The right-hander hit five sixes and five fours in his 32-ball 60 at an excellent strike rate of 187.5 and helped his side to a big score on the board. He also chipped in with 2 for 25 in his three overs and has proved to be a great addition to the side so far.
PROBABLE BEST BOWLER OF THE MATCH: RAHUL CHAHAR
Rahul Chahar has taken six wickets already in the three outings in this edition and he has bowled beautifully so far. The leg spinner finished with 3 for 25 in his four-over spell in the previous game against Chennai Super Kings and extracted a lot of spin from the track as well. He certainly is turning out to be a match-winner for the side and will be looking to continue his good rhythm with the ball.
WINNING CHANCES OF TODAY’S MATCH FOR THE BOTH TEAMS
Punjab Kings is overall a strong team when we compare with Gujarat Titans. They have the best players in the t20 format of cricket. The batting order of this team is also strong and some well-known hitters of the t20 format are part of the squad of this team, so the winning chances of today’s match for Punjab Kings have been increased. The equation of who will win today’s cricket match prediction and who will win the cricket match today is mentioned as under.
Punjab Kings have a 52% chance to win this match.
Gujarat Titans have a 48% chance to win this match.