GT vs PBKS Preview: Gujarat will be the first team to reach the playoffs, these challenges will be in front of Punjab


Navi Mumbai: Returning from adversity, the team of Gujarat Titans will be looking to cement their place in the playoffs when they face Punjab Kings (GT vs PBKS) in IPL 2022 on Tuesday. It has not been easy to defeat the team of Gujarat, which is participating in the IPL for the first time. They have won 8 out of 9 matches and registering their sixth consecutive win will make them the first team to make it to the playoffs.

The reason for this stellar performance of Gujarat is to make a strong comeback even in adverse conditions. Be it Rahul Tewatia, David Miller, Rashid Khan or captain Hardik Pandya, all of them have delivered match-winning performances in the tournament so far. If one player fails, the other takes the responsibility. Hardik had said after the win against Royal Challengers Bangalore, ‘It is the beauty of this team that the players have shown what they can do even in difficult situations.’

Last time when Gujarat and Punjab met, Tewatia had given his team victory by hitting sixes in the last two balls. Punjab will now be expecting favorable results. Also he would not want the match to reach the last ball like last time. Punjab team’s performance again lacks consistency and they have lost 5 out of 9 matches so far.

Their top batsmen, captain Mayank Agarwal, Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan and Liam Livingstone have done well in pieces. He has to bring consistency in his performance. Fast bowler Arshdeep Singh has consistently performed well in the bowling department. In the last match, his bowlers played well but the batsmen let him down.

Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has handled Matthew Wade’s place well in the Gujarat team. His opening partner Shubman Gill got off to a good start but the right-handed batsman recently struggled to score runs. He will definitely try to get back in form. Hardik has been the mainstay of batting for Gujarat. He has played a responsible innings. Hardik has scored a total of 308 runs so far and is the fourth highest run-scorer in the tournament.

Miller and Tewatia play the role of the ‘finisher’ brilliantly. In the last match, Rashid Khan also displayed a good example of his skills of hitting sixes. Gujarat has a strong bowling attack. While Mohammed Shami can wreak havoc with the new ball, Punjab batsmen will also have to be careful with the pace and variety of Lockie Ferguson. did.

Probable playing XI
Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Sai Sudarshan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Pradeep Sangwan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami.

Punjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh

The match will start at 7.30 pm Indian time.