Match: Gujarat vs Punjab, (GUJ vs PUN, Match #48)
Date: May 3, 2022 – 7:30 PM IST
Venue: DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai
The struggling Punjab will take on an in-form Gujarat side in the 48th match of the Indian T20 League 2022. The two teams will meet at DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday, May 3. Gujarat are coming off five consecutive victories while Punjab have suffered three losses in the last four games.
Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat have been sensational in their maiden season, sitting at the top with eight wins in nine games. They have 16 points to their name with a net run-rate of 0.377. In their most recent fixture, Gujarat registered a six-wicket victory over Bangalore. Batting first, Bangalore posted 170/6, with Pradeep Sangwan taking 2/19 in four for Gujarat. In response, the pair of David Miller (39* off 24) and Rahul Tewatia (43* off 25) stood up yet again to chase down the target with three balls to spare.
Punjab, on the other hand, are reeling at seventh place on the points table with only 8 points from nine games. Their most recent fixture saw them lose the match against Lucknow from winning position by 20 runs. Kagiso Rabada claimed 4/38 while Rahul Chahar took 2/30 as they restricted Lucknow to just 153/8. Mayank Agarwal (25 off 17) gave a quick start while Jonny Bairstow (32 off 28) and Liam Livingstone (18 off 16) looked set at one point but untimely wickets cost them.
In the earlier clash between Punjab and Gujarat, the latter had come out on top by six wickets at Brabourne Stadium. Punjab would be hoping to settle the score and get their campaign back on track.
GUJ vs PUN, Match 48, Weather Update & Pitch Report
The DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai has produced some good batting surfaces. The pitches have deteriorated in recent times with more grip on offer for bowlers. The average first innings score from 14 matches hosted here in the ongoing season reads 169. In the last game, Rajasthan scored 158/7 batting first which Mumbai chased down with four balls to spare.
The weather forecast for Tuesday evening in Mumbai suggests there will be clear skies with the temperature fluctuating between 28-34°C.
GUJ vs PUN Injury News and Predicted XI
Gujarat made two changes in the last game with Sai Sudarshan coming in for Abhinav Manohar and Pradeep Sangwan replacing Yash Dayal. Hardik said both the changes were forced due to injury concerns. If Dayal is fit for this fixture, he should come back in.
Predicted XI – Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Sai Sudarshan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal/Pradeep Sangwan
Punjab still haven’t been able to find the winning combination. There’s a possibility left arm spin all-rounder Harpreet Brar could come in for Rishi Dhawan. The rest of the playing XI is likely to remain the same.
Predicted XI – Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Kagiso Rabada, Harpreet Brar/Rishi Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma
GUJ vs PUN Head to Head Record
Total Encounters: 1
Gujarat Won: 1
Punjab Won: 0
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GUJ vs PUN: Top Picks for Indian T20 League 2022, Match 48 (Five players to watch out for)
Top Fantasy Picks for GUJ vs PUN, Indian T20 League 2022
Shikhar Dhawan: Batter, Punjab
Shikhar Dhawan is one of the most consistent batters in the Indian T20 League. He has amassed 6091 runs in the league at an average of 35 with two hundreds and 46 fifties. Dhawan has blown hot and cold in this season, scoring 307 runs from nine games at an average of 38, including two fifties. The opening batter remains a top C/VC choice, priced at 9.5 credits.
Mohammed Shami: Bowler, Gujarat
Mohammed Shami is amongst the most prolific wicket-takers in the league. The right arm pacer has claimed 14 wickets in nine games in the ongoing season at an economy of 7.78 while striking at every 15.4 balls. In the last four seasons, Shami has snared 72 wickets in just 51 games at a strike rate of 16.5 SR. He’s priced at 9 credits and can be a good C/VC option.
Shubman Gill: Batter, Gujarat
Shubman Gill started the 2022 season in a terrific style, scoring two 80+ scores in first three games but has then gone off the track. He has scored 260 runs in nine games at an average of 29 and strike rate 137. Overall, Gill has 1677 runs to his name in the league while averaging 31. He’s priced at 9 credits.
Hardik Pandya: All-rounder, Gujarat
Hardik Pandya has been outstanding with the bat in the ongoing competition. He bats at no. 4 and has scored 308 runs in eight games at a terrific average of 51 and strike rate of 137. He has blasted three fifties in the season. Overall, Hardik has 1784 runs in the league at 30 average and 151 strike rate. He’s priced at 10 credits.
Kagiso Rabada: Bowler, Punjab
Kagiso Rabada has a knack of picking wickets and boasts of very good numbers in the Indian T20 League. The South African pacer has snared 89 wickets in the league from just 58 innings at a strike rate of 14.8. Rabada has taken 13 wickets in the 2022 season and is coming off a spell of 4/38 in the last game. He’s priced at 9 credits.
GUJ vs PUN Suggested Playing XI
Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.
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