The Punjab Kings take on the Gujarat Titans in match no 16 of 2022 IPL at the Brabourne Stadium.
Gujarat Titans have made a flying start to their campaign and are the only unbeaten team in the tournament. Their success majorly lies on the backdrop of pacers Shami and Lockie who have taken 5 and 4 wkts at an economy of 6.9 and 6.5 respectively. A classic Tewatia style finish in the 1st game and a blistering knock by Shubhman Gill have been the other highlights so far. Hardik Pandya so far has appeared to be a very calm a and composed leader while marshalling his troops on the field. The only weakness so far has been the top order. Matthew Wade and Vijay Shankar have scored a combined 48 runs in 57 balls. Gujarat have Rahmanullah Gurbaz who is a wk batter from Afganistan. He is prolific in the T20 format having scored over 1600 runs at a strike rate of 151.8. He has made an immediate impact in leagues around the world by scoring good knocks on his debut in the BPL and the LPL
Punjab Kings are coming off a memorable win against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings. Liam Livingstone has finally arrived in the IPL as he blasted his way to a 32 ball 60 which included 5 monstrous maximums. He even displayed his brilliance with the ball by taking 2 wickets. Punjab have a good headache ahead of them to slot Jonny Bairstow in the 11. There are 2 possibilities - Either he straightaway comes in for Bhanuka Rajapaksa who has hardly put a foot wrong or PBKS drop Odean Smith. The last option is highly unlikey to happen as it will leave them with a long tail and only 4 bowling options.
Punjab Kings: Jonny Bairstow will most probably make his debut against Gujarat Titans. Nathan Ellis has joined the squad.
Mayank Agarwal(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma, Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Vaibhav Arora, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh.
Shubhman Gill, Matthew Wade(wk), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Hardik Pandya (c), Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Shami, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Aaron
IPL is returning to Brabourne Stadium after 2014/15.
Record at Brabourne
PBKS: Played 2, Won 1, Lost 1
14 IPL games have been played at Brabourne.
Teams batting 1st have won 7/13 games.
Average Total batting 1st: 182.2
Average 1st innings winning total: 191.7
Average 1st innings total in 2022: 189
Highest total: 212 by MI vs RR in 2010
Dhawan vs Shami: 37/1 at 185 sr
Dhawan vs Rashid: 12/2 at 100 sr
Gill vs Rabada: 12/1 at 52 sr
Livingstone vs Rashid: 0/1
Livingstone: Lockie: 0/1
Gill vs Arshadeep: 0/1
(IPL 2021 & 2022)
Key players, Stats & Fantasy picks
Mayank Agarwal: 865 runs at a SR of 147 in the last 2 editions. No batter scored more runs than him at a better SR. He has had 3 consecutive failures, and in all possibility today could be his day.
Shikhar Dhawan: Since his switch to Delhi in 2019, Dhawan has recorded over 1818 runs in the last 4 editions thus making him one of the most consistent players in the league. Both Mayank and Dhawan are yet to fire in this season. He has accumulated most runs in the powerplay in this period with 694 runs.
Hardik Pandya: India's best all rounder had an outing to forget last year. Due to Injuries, Hardik has not been bowling and subsequently lost his place in the national side for these 2 reasons. This IPL is a great opportunity for him to win the trust back of the selectors and make a strong statement ahead of the t20 wc. In 2019 and 2020, Hardik scored the most runs in the death overs. He smashed 463 runs at a SR of 221 with 39 sixes. He has started decently in his 1st 2 games both with the bat and the ball. He gave only 22 runs in his last game and was economical in the 1st game as well untill the last over spoiled his figures.
Rashid Khan: He is one of the best T20 bowlers in the world. No bowler has a better economy than him in the league (6.3). With 94 wkts he is second on the list of most wkts since 2017. He has 73 wkts in the middle overs at an eco of 6.2.
Mohammad Shami: Since the last season, Mohammad Shami has picked up 24 wkts at an eco of 7.5. GT would be hoping for an another Powerplay masterclass by him just like in the game against Lucknow.
Liam Livingstone: He had a tough outing last year with an average of just over 8 in 5 games. Liam was the highest scorer in The Hundred with 348 runs. He scored England's fastest ever international century when he reached the milestone from just 42 balls against Pakistan at Trent Bridge. With 60(32) and 2 wkts this could be just a glimpse of what we are going to witness in this season.
Kagiso Rabada: He took 70 wkts between 2019-21 and was the highest wk taker. He took atleast 1 wkt in 25 consecutive innings from May 2017 - October 2020
(Fantasy rating - 8/8.5 points)
Arshadeep Singh: 18 wickets at an eco of 8.3 in last season.
David Miller: One of the most exlosive white ball batter when he is on song. He has fared well in the 2 outings so far with 50 runs at a SR of 139. Miller has a SR of 182 in the death overs.