IPL 2022, PBKS vs GT: Punjab Kings will be squaring off against Gujarat Titans for the first time in the sixteenth match of this season of the IPL 2022. Mohammed Shami will be facing his former teammates in the key match.
- Gujarat Titans are the only team to not lose a game in IPL 2022
- Punjab Kings are fresh from their emphatic win over CSK
- It will be a battle between GT’s pacers and PBKS’s power-hitter
It will be a high-octane battle between Gujarat Titans‘ lethal pace attack and Punjab Kings‘ dynamic top-order when the two teams meet each other in the 16th match of IPL 2022 on Friday. Punjab Kings are currently placed at the fourth position on the points table of this season of the Tata IPL, whereas Gujarat Titans are ranked third on the points table.
Lockie Ferguson will look to unleash his thunderbolts on Liam Livingstone, who had taken the CSK attack to the cleaners in the previous game with his 32-ball-60. Ferguson and Mohammed Shami make for one of the most potent new-ball pairs after the first two weeks.
While senior openers Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Agarwal are yet to make significant contributions, it would be an onerous job against the Titans’ attack. It is the middle-order of Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Livingstone and newcomer Jitesh Sharma, that is expected to provide fireworks with M Shahrukh Khan and Odean Smith at the rear.
Gujarat might face problems on the batting front. Shubhman Gill is the only assured batter they have till now. In the first match against Lucknow, they didn’t have to chase much and the second game saw them defend 170 odd purely because of their opening bowling depth.
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Liam Livingstone: The England all-rounder lived up to his price tag as he came up with a match-winning performance in the victory over Chennai Super Kings. With the bat, he smashed 60 runs off just 32 deliveries and hit 5 fours and 5 sixes and then returned to pick 2 wickets in 3 overs. Gujarat will be looking to keep the flamboyant all-rounder quiet in the IPL clash.
Hardik Pandya: Gujarat captain has been scoring runs while batting at number four and has also completed his quota of 4 overs in both matches won by GT. Pandya might play a key role for his team in this match.
Punjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal(captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Jitesh Sharma(wk), Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, Vaibhav Arora
Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade(wk), Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (captain), Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Varun Aaron, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammad Shami