Gujarat Titans (GT) will face Punjab Kings (PBKS) in Match 48 of the current Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai on Tuesday. GT currently tops the IPL 2022 points table with 16 points from nine games, including eight wins and one defeat. In their previous appearance, Hardik Pandya-led side Royal Challengers defeated Bangalore (RCB) in match 43 to win by six wickets. Rahul Tewatia was Gujarat’s star player with an unbeaten run of 43 runs off 25 balls. The all-rounder hit five fours and two sixs as Gujarat reached 174 for four in 19.3 overs to chase a 171-run goal. Meanwhile, PBKS is seventh in the standings with eight points from nine games (four wins and five losses). Led by Mayank Agarwal, they lost to Lucknow Super Giants (LSG), the former KL Rahul captain, who crashed to a 20-point defeat. Against GT, PBKS will be eyeing a better all round display and all eyes will be on Liam Livingstone. The all-rounder got off to a good start this season, but his form has slumped a bit lately. If he finds his form against GT, the Englishman could single-handedly lead PBKS to victory.
Here’s the GT predicted XI vs PBKS:
Wriddhiman Saha: Wriddhiman Saha was in great form for GT as the opener and got Matthew Wade out of the lineup. He will build his momentum against Punjab on Tuesday.
Shubman Gill: The opener starts to find his touch again, registering 31 runs off 28 balls against RCB, which was four fours.
B Sai Sudharsan: The 20-year-old was a good find for GT in the mega sale. He hopes to impress if he gets more opportunities to participate in IPL 2022.
Hardik Pandya: Despite being rejected for just three runs on five pitches against RCB, Hardik Pandya is his team’s highest points scorer in their debut season. In eight games, he scored 308 runs in eight games, three of which were from the 1950s.
David Miller: The South African has been hugely influential for Gujarat, hitting an unbeaten run of 39 runs off 24 balls in the win against RCB. His role as a midfielder could have a huge impact on the match result.
Rahul Tewatia: Rahul Tewatia has become a match winner for Gujarat. He will strive to build on his excellent displays with the bat at death.
Rashid Khan: The Afghan all-rounder was not in good form with the ball in IPL 2022, but has made some crucial contributions with the bat.
Pradeep Sangwan: Pradeep Sangwan took two wickets in four overs against RCB and gave up just 19 runs. He was responsible for the crucial layoffs of Faf du Plessis and Rajat Patidar and hopes to build on his form.
Alzarri Joseph: The West Indian pacer has taken five wickets in four games for Gujarat and is expected to maintain his spot in the playing XI.
Lockie Ferguson: Lockie Ferguson will try to improve his displays this season. The pacer has not affected GT and has taken 10 wickets in nine matches.
Mohammed Shami: The India international has spearheaded his team, taking 14 wickets in nine matches so far.
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