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IPL: Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans Predictions

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Punjab Kings will lock horns with the Gujarat Titans in match number 48 of IPL 2022.

This game will be played at the Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai

Gujarat Titans have been magnificent in their maiden IPL season.

They have registered 8 wins out of their 9 games so far this season and are currently standing at the top position.

Punjab Kings have won 4 out of their 9 games and are placed at the number 7 position on the points table of IPL 2022.

This will be the second clash between GT and PBKS in this edition of IPL.

In their previous clash, Gujarat Titans thrashed the Punjab Kings by 6 wickets in a thriller.

GT chased down the target of 190 runs due to back-to-back sixes from Rahul Tewatia on the last two balls.

Performance in the last match

Gujarat Titans:

In their last game, Gujarat Titans defeated the  Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets.

RCB posted 170-6 while batting first. Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar scored half-centuries.

However, GT chased down the target in the last over.

Rahul Tewatia and David Miller remained unbeaten on 43 and 38 runs respectively.

Punjab Kings:

On the other hand, Punjab Kings suffered a 20-run loss against Lucknow Super Giants in their previous game.

While chasing 154 runs, Punjab was able to reach only 133-8.

Kagiso Rabada claimed a 4-wicket haul for PBKS in that match.

Match Details

Teams: GT vs PBKS

Venue: Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy

Date:  3rd May, Tuesday

Time: 7:00 pm IST

Average 1st innings score

The average 1st innings total at this venue is 170

 Head to head record

Here is the head-to-head record between these two sides in the history of IPL.

Total Matches Played: 1

GT won: 1

PBKS won: 0

Tie/no results: 0

 Pitch Report

The Dr. DY Patil Sports Academy has a pitch that favors both the batting and bowling sides.

The bowlers will get help early on while dew will play a huge role in the second innings and that’s why defending the target will be difficult on this pitch.

Both teams will like to bowl first here.

PBKS Probable Playing 11

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

GT Probable Playing 11

Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Pradeep Sangwan, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph

Star bowler of the match

Kagiso Rabada was excellent in the previous game as he claimed a 4-wicket haul.

He has picked up 13 wickets from just 8 games so far this season.

He will be the star bowler of the match.

Star batsman of the match

Shikhar Dhawan is a very experienced batsman and he is in good form this season.

Dhawan has scored 307 runs from 9 games so far in this competition and he will be the star batsman in today’s match.

Star Wicketkeeper of the match

Wriddhiman Saha has been quite sharp behind the stumps and he also scored an excellent 68 runs knock against Sunrisers Hyderabad this season.

He will be the best wicketkeeper of the match.

Star all-rounder of the match

Rashid Khan has won a couple of games for his side with his excellent batting in the final overs.

He has emerged as a solid lower-order hard-hitter while his bowling needs no introduction as he is among the best bowlers in the world right now.

Who will win?

 Gujarat Titans have been outstanding in all departments.

They have lost only a single game in this competition and they know how to win in intense situations.

Hardik Pandya is brilliantly leading this side and they are the team to beat right now.

Meanwhile, Punjab Kings have a couple of some close games due to bad decision making and their inconsistency has affected them badly this season.

The team combination of Gujarat Titans is also looking better than the Punjab Kings.

Hence, our prediction for match 48 is that Gujarat Titans will beat Punjab Kings.

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No mercy from India! Jasprit Bumrah set to return for final Test against England in Dharamsala

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Jasprit Bumrah

Team India have pocked the five-match Test series against England with a five-wicket win in the fourth match. With a 3-1 lead in the series, they will head into the final Test in Dharamsala as a confident unit. While it is crucial for Ben Stokes and Co. to leave the touring nation on a positive note, the home side is likely to experiment with their playing XI for the low-key fixture.

According to reports, the Indian cricket management is considering resting a few players for the final Test due to the workload. India were without some key players due to withdrawal and injuries throughout the series. However, the youngsters stepped up and gave the desired result, gaining the confidence of the management.

Meanwhile, the Men in Blue are not going to make it easy for the visitors when the two teams clash at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium from March 7. As per Cricbuzz, elite pacer and the team’s vice-captain Jasprit Bumrah is set to be recalled. This shows that India will go hard in the upcoming match and aim to settle the series 4-1.

Bumrah was rested for the fourth Test in Ranchi as he played three matches on a trot. The 30-year-old has been carefully managed by management since his return from a back injury last year after a nearly year-long absence. He made his comeback in the T20I series against Ireland and after that, he played only in crucial fixtures like the Asia Cup, ODI World Cup, and Test matches. With the 2024 T20 World Cup also around the corner, it will be important for the team to manage Bumrah’s workload.

KL Rahul doubtful for Dharamsala Test 

KL Rahul, who was deemed 90% fit before the third Test in Rajkot, has not fully recovered and is unlikely to play in the final match. Rahul suffered a quadriceps strain in the series opener and missed the next two matches. The report states that the Karnataka cricketer has been sent overseas for treatment.

It remains to be seen whether the under-fire Rajat Patidar will get another chance to prove his mettle in Rahul’s absence. Patidar looked promising in the first innings of the Hyderabad Test, but then lost his rhythm and suffered a series of low scores, including two ducks.

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‘Ye toh Mohammad Kaif 2.0 nikla’ – Fans react as Brendon McCullum accepts series defeat against India and claim themselves to be better than they were in 2022

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Brendon McCullum has reacted to England’s performance in the ongoing series against India. The visiting side are currently trailing 1-3 in the series after the conclusion of the 4th Test in Ranchi. With the fifth Test set to happen in Dharamshala, England have lost the series by all means. They do have a chance to end the series on a high note by winning the last Test.

After the loss against India in the 4th Test, McCullum was in the press conference. He claimed that they are a better side than they were 18 months ago. Brendon acknowledged the fact that they lost the series against India and could not win in the Ashes. He felt that given the way England is playing, there is a good chance of them doing special things in the next 18 months in Test cricket.

“We’ve lost this series and we didn’t win the Ashes, but we’re a better cricket team than we were 18 months ago and we’ve got an opportunity in the next 18 months to do some pretty special shitz. I’m fizzing for it, to be honest,” said McCullum as he was hopeful of a bright future for England in Tests. It is true that England were not as competitive under Joe Root as they are under Ben Stokes.

Improved competitiveness of England

While Root’s tenure was good before the pandemic, the team struggled under his captaincy. 2021 and early 2020 were the years when England was demoralised. They lost in India 1-3 and trailed 1-2 at home against the same opponent. For the first time in over 20 years, NZ beat England in Tests in their own backyard. In 2022, England lost the Ashes 0-4 away from home.

They also lost to the West Indies 0-1 which acted as a final nail in the coffin of Root’s leadership. However, things have changed drastically under Stokes and McCullum. They won the series against New Zealand at home and clean-swept Pakistan in their own backyard. They drew the Ashes 2-2 and drew the series against NZ 1-1 before losing the series against India.

Here’s how the fans reacted to the statement of Brendon McCullum –

 

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WATCH: IShowSpeed reacts to Virat Kohli becoming father for 2nd time

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IShowSpeed took to his YouTube channel and reacted to Virat Kohli becoming the father for the 2nd time in his life. The popular YouTuber is known to be a fan of Virat in cricket. He claimed that the Indian batter got twins. In the video which has gone viral on the internet, Speed was seen reacting to the announcement of the star couple. He was visibly excited about seeing the good news.

Speed claimed that Akaay and Vamika are twins. The fan of the Indian batter claimed that the son of Virat should have been named as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’. He went on to add that Akaay could become a young GOAT. Seeing the announcement video, the popular YouTuber claimed that he would still call Akaay as ‘Virat Kohli Jr’.

Watch the viral video of Speed here –

 

He got twins!! Virat Kohli got twins!! Vamika and Akaay! Akaay about to be a young GOAT. He should have been named to Virat Kohli Jr, I’m still going to call him Kohli Jr bro,” said I Show Speed in his video. The fans are in bits after seeing the video of the YouTuber and said that he is too funny. The way Speed calls Virat was mocked by the fans on social media.

The family of Virat Kohli

Virat has a big family. While his father died when he was playing a Ranji Trophy game in the 2000s, he has a brother and mother. In 2017, Virat married Anushka which became a sensation. The star couple has been the talk of the town since then. In 2021, Virat and Anushka were blessed with their first child. The duo named her as ‘Vamika‘.

Earlier this year, Virat took a leave during the series against England. The fans were not sure of the reason behind the move of the batter that he even could not attend the Ram Mandir inaugural ceremony. Earlier this month, the fans got to know that the couple became the parents for the 2nd time. Anushka and Virat posted a joint statement where they declared to be parents and announced ‘Akaay’ to the world.

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