Match 48 will see in-form Gujarat Titans lock horns with Punjab Kings at Dy Patil Stadium on Tuesday.
Gujarat Titans have been rampant in their first IPL tournament, and their chances of qualifying for the playoffs are inevitable. They have demonstrated quality performance in every game and a place in the top two is what their main aim to secure as they will have another chance to make it to the final.
Punjab Kings have been abysmal after picking up only four wins and losing five, they lie in the bottom half of the table, and if they are to make it to the playoffs, the Kings will need to play out of their skin.
Match Toss Time: 19:00 IST (13:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 19:30 IST (14:00 GMT)
Match Venue: DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai
Head to Head
Matches played: 1, Gujarat Titans: 1, Punjab Kings: 0
Highest run-getter for PBKS (active): Mayank Agarwal- 1478 runs
Highest wicket-taker for PBKS (active): Sandeep Sharma- 73 wickets
Highest run-getter for GT: Hardik Pandya- 308 runs
Highest wicket-taker for GT: Mohammad Shami- 14 wickets
Weather conditions and Pitch
Yash Dayal had a niggle in the last match and was replaced by Pradeep Sangwan and given that Sangwan did impress everyone with his bowling effort, it is likely that he will continue. Titans are expected to feature the same Xl.
Meanwhile, Punjab Kings played with a similar starting XI, and it's unlikely they will make any changes to their combination.
Gujarat Titans (GT): Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya (c), Abhinav Manohar/Sai Sudharsan, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Yash Dayal/Pradeep Sangwan, Mohammed Shami
Punjab Kings (PBKS): Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh
Hardik Pandya has led the GT from the front and has been their best player in the tournament. As an all-rounder player, he has not disappointed so far and has been in the contention for the orange cap with 308 runs, playing a key part in GT's current form as they have only lost once.
Like Hardik Pandya, Shikar Dhawan has been an instrumental player for Punjab Kings and spearheads their batting unit. He has 307 runs under his belt as he looks to challenge for the orange cap this season. He has maintained his equilibrium for PBKS, but the team have suffered five defeats will need to take up a notch to reach the playoffs. Gujarat Titans wicket-keeper and opener Wriddhiman Saha and Punjab Kings' all-rounder Liam Livingstone are our two other must-picks for this encounter.
GT vs PBKS Fantasy team
Captain and Vice-captain
Gujarat Titans are top of the table and have been indispensable despite playing their first IPL tournament. The players have played brilliant cricket and are optimistic about reaching their first final. They have a squad with purpose, and it will take a beating to condemn GT.
Punjab Kings have fared poorly and will have to toil in this match to see off Gujarat Titans. Shikar Dhawan and co. will have to give heart and soul in this meeting, but GT are the way better side and will prevail in this fixture.
Cricwizz predicts Gujarat Titans to win Match 48 of IPL 2022.
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