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Toss Winner - Punjab Kings won the toss and chose to bowl first
Lucknow Super Giants beat Punjab Kings by 20 runs
Quest to move up on the points table for PBKS and LSG
Lucknow Super Giants to win
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2022 | Format: T20 | Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium , Pune, India | Toss: To BowlBet Now
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The Indian Premier League 2022 is into its most crucial week and the points table is taking shape. In this context, the 42nd game between the Punjab Kings and Lucknow Super Giants would be an important one for both teams. The Kings come here having defeated the Chennai Super Kings while the Super Giants also won their last game against the Mumbai Indians by a big margin.
Punjab Kings haven’t seen consistency from many of their players. They depend on their top 3 to win games for them with the middle and lower middle-order hasn’t brought the ground alive. The Super Giants have had most players contributing to the side’s cause. They have depth in their batting and bowling departments and shall look to capitalize on them in this game.
It was a great win for Mayank Agarwal’s side at the right moment in the context of the tournament. The side which has struggled with consistency defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 11 runs. They need to get a move on from hereon and will be aiming for a win. The task won’t be easy against the Lucknow Super Giants who have looked in great form and PBKS players need a spirited show to defeat them.
The side has a strong batting line-up with Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan in good form. Dhawan and No. 3 Bhanuka Rajapaksa played well in the last game and the same would be expected from them. Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow, and Jitesh Sharma add to the side’s batting firepower, and they would have to excel against Lucknow’s good bowling attack in this game.
Kagiso Rabada is looking in good form and he will have to play a vital role in this game. Sandeep Sharma needs to bowl better lines as Super Giants have big hitters of the ball in the side. Arshdeep Singh’s good show in the last game would add to the side’s confidence but they need better spells from Rahul Chahar and Rishi Dhawan in this game.
Top Batsman – Shikhar Dhawan
Top Bowler – Kagiso Rabada
Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh
Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Arshdeep Singh, S Sharma, Rishi Dhawan, Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Jitesh Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Liam Livingstone, Mayank Agarwal
KL Rahul’s side delivered a crushing blow to the Mumbai Indians in the last game and has almost knocked the 5-time champions out of the contention for a berth in the playoffs. Their bowlers aggressively defended the average score of 168 runs to win the game by 36 runs. They are 4th on the points table and tied on the same points as three other sides. Rahul would like his side to get a move on with a win against Punjab.
Rahul hit a splendid hundred in the last game and together with Quinton de Kock forms a strong opening wicket pair. Manish Pandey needs to score at a better strike rate as he hasn’t had a great season. He must add runs with Marcus Stoinis and Krunal Pandya in the middle order. They have good depth in the batting with Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, and Jason Holder to follow.
Dushmantha Chameera bowled magnificently in the last game and look to bowl tight spells at the start of the game with Jason Holder. Avesh Khan is likely to make a comeback into the side after sitting out against the Mumbai Indians due to an injury. He adds strength to this attack along with Pandya, Ravi Bishnoi, and Ayush Badoni.
Top Batsman – KL Rahul
Top Bowler – Avesh Khan
KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan
Ravi Bishnoi, Lokesh Rahul, Avesh Khan, Quinton de Kock, Mohsin Khan, Krunal Pandya, Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Jason Holder, Ayush Badoni, Dushmantha Chameera
We expect to see a hot and humid evening at Pune on April 29. Batting conditions have been good, and we have seen an average 1st innings score of nearly 180 runs this season. The ball is coming onto the bat nicely allowing batsmen to play their strokes freely. The side batting first would need to put more than 190 on the board to feel safe on this wicket.
MCA Stadium, Pune is a great venue for batsmen, and we have seen them score lots of runs in the past. The pace and bounce on this surface is true and the lightning-fast outfield adds to the advantage of the batsmen. Fast bowlers have a small margin for error at this ground though we have seen spinners do well when the ball takes sharp turn.
We have seen the last three games won by sides that have chased scores. The wicket has eased, and sides have been putting up big totals on the board. It is easy to chase a score knowing the target. The side winning the toss wouldn’t have any hesitation in opting to bowl first in the game.
Punjab Kings come here with a win, but the side still has problems as far as the performance of its middle order is concerned. On the bowling front too, they have struggled in most of the games played so far. Lucknow Super Giants have more depth in their bowling and a top order in brilliant form. This will be a close game, but the Super Giants would start slightly ahead in the game.
Lucknow Super Giants to win
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