Match 16 of IPL 2022 will be a thrilling game between Punjab Kings (PBKS) and new team Gujarat Titans (GT).
It will be played at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Friday.
Let’s analyse the current form of the two teams.
Both the teams are in very good nick.
Punjab’s confidence is high after a winning performance against four-time defending champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
Of the three matches it has played so far, it has won two and lost just one.
After winning their opening game against RCB, Punjab Kings lost to KKR by six wickets.
Gujarat Titans are sitting comfortably at the 3rd place of the table with 4 points.
Led by all-rounder Hardik Pandya, Gujarat Titans beat Delhi Capitals by 14 runs in their last match.
In their opening game, they destroyed fellow debutant Lucknow Super Giants by five wickets.
PBKS is loaded with attacking players.
Mayank Agarwal and opener Shikhar Dhawan will be the key batters.
Pacer Kagiso Rabada and spinner Rahul Chahar are expected to shine with the ball.
Their batting is all set to be bolstered with the availability of England keeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow, who might replace Odean Smith.
None of the teams has any injury concerns.
Weather and pitch
The weather in Mumbai will be hot with 29-35 degrees of temperature, while humidity will be around 58%.
The pitch is a bit slow, and scoring might be a challenge. The dew factor will ensure that the captains will prefer to bowl first.
PBKS Likely Playing 11
Mayank Agarwal (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith/Jonny Bairstow, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Vaibhav Arora, Arshdeep Singh.
GT Likely Playing 11
Mathew Wade (wk), Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Rashid Khan, Varun Aaron, Lockie Ferguson and Mohammed Shami.
Date and day: April 8, 2022 (Friday)
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Time: 7.30 PM (IST)
Who will win
Gujarat’s bowling attack is one of the best.
However, their biggest weakness is its batting. It’s too reliant on Shubman Gill.
PBKS has a more well-rounded team. They are well stocked with batters and bowlers.
We think the law of averages will catch up with Gujarat.
Hence we think Punjab Kings will come out on tops.