Punjab Kings and Lucknow Super Giants, and Mumbai Indians face each other in match number 42 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Friday. PBKS are placed sixth, winning four and losing four games so far. Meanwhile, newcomers LSG are fourth, winning five and losing three. This is a massive game for both sides.
Analysis of PBKS
After successive disappointing shows versus SRH and DC, respectively, PBKS managed to show teeth versus CSK and seal a win. Shikhar Dhawan impressed versus CSK and will once again hold importance. Bhanuka Rajapaksa was in his element and will be backed once again. It remains to be seen how Jonny Bairstow and Mayank Agarwal go about their business. Both are in need of runs. Liam Livingstone has a crucial job ahead of him.
With the ball, PBKS have the consistent Kagiso Rabada, who leads this unit, which also comprises of Rahul Chahar and Arshdeep Kaur. They are a decent bowling unit, and if the batters do their job, it will help massively. Notably, PBKS will need o stop KL Rahul, who is in fine-tune at the moment.
Analysis of LSG
KL Rahul’s LSG have done a decent job so far, piling up five wins. In Rahul and Quinton de Kock, they have two of the fiercest T20 openers. They need to lay the foundation here for the middle order. The other players need to get going and support Rahul. Marcus Stoinis is an experienced figure and can keep up with the momentum. Krunal Pandya can bat at number six or seven instead to be the finisher. Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni can be impactful.
Bowling wise, Avesh Khan continues to be the star attraction. He has been amongst the wickets. Also, Ravi Bishnoi has done a commendable job so far. In Dushmantha Chameera and Jason Holder, the side gets two valuable experienced names on offer. Also, Stoinis can be an influential factor with the ball. This is a well balanced LSG side with plenty of match-winners. They just need to get things in place.
This is the first meeting between the two sides.
What is the expected playing XI of both sides?
PBKS predicted playing XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh
LSG predicted playing XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohsin Khan/Avesh Khan
Which team is the predicted winner?
With what we have seen in terms of performance, there’s no doubt LSG are fiercer and stronger than PBKS at this moment. LSG have been the more consistent side. In Rahul, they have quality on offer and he can make the real difference. LSG’s spirit can make the difference with PBKS a bit inconsistent to our liking.
Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing
The MCA Stadium in Pune will host this game. Three of the last seven matches have been won by the chasing side. The wicket has averaged a first innings total of close to 165 (last five matches). Both pacers and spinners have fared well. The match will be held at 7:30 PM IST and can be watched live on the Star Sports Network.
The major batting stats on offer
KL Rahul has 368 runs this season (2 tons and 1 fifty). Rahul has smashed 149 sixes and can surpass the 150-mark. Dhawan has scored 302 runs this season and has overall tally of 6,086. De Kock has 2,481 runs and needs 19 more for the 2,500-run mark in the IPL.
The major bowling stats on offer
Rabada has nine wickets from seven games this season. Overall the Proteas pacer has claimed 85 scalps and can get past Dhawal Kulkarni (86). Chahar has 10 scalps for PBKS this season. He averages 22.40. Avesh has claimed 11 scalps for LSG this season.
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)
Batsmen: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Deepak Hooda
All-rounders: Jason Holder, Liam Livingstone, Krunal Pandya Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)
Batsmen: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, De Kock
All-rounders: Jason Holder, Liam Livingstone, Krunal Pandya Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, D Chameera, Arshdeep Singh
Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices
KL Rahul: The senior IPL star has amassed 300-plus runs already and is going strong. He is LSG’s best bet, having hammered a century in the previous match as well.
Shikhar Dhawan: A sheer consistent force, Dhawan is already amongst the runs and is playing well. He can set the platform for his side and play a mature looking knock.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices
Rahul Chahar: The spinner has been doing an able job so far and can be influential for his side in terms of picking wickets. He is growing with every match. He can stifle the LSG middle-order.
Krunal Pandya: The all-rounder can be important with his all-round skills on offer. He can be a decent act and get his side to dominate the key phases of the game. Krunal is an experienced figure.