Gujarat and Punjab are mid-table after similar start to season.
- Both teams have a 2-1 record this season so far
- Livingstone set to return for Punjab
Gujarat Titans come off the back of a shocking loss to Kolkata Knight Riders with Rinku Singh blasting five sixes in the final over to win the game. They, however, have one of the best pace attacks in the tournament. Gujarat Titans have odds of 1.77 to beat Punjab Kings.
While Punjab are playing at home, the squad assembled does not quite match with the strengths of the venue. The pace attack isn’t quite as impressive as Gujarat’s and the batting lacks a modern-day anchor although Dhawan is in form. Punjab Kings have odds of 2.01 to win this match against Gujarat Titans.
Head-to-head record, PBKS v GT
The overall head-to-head record from last season is 1-1 with both teams winning one match apiece last year when Gujarat played and won their inaugural title.
The team winning the toss will likely chase first here with the venue known to stay pretty similar throughout. If Gujarat win the toss, the odds of which are at 1.90, they will want to unleash the quicks against Punjab’s batters on a fresh pitch.
Gujarat Titans have a strong bowling attack and a good group of batters adept at scoring on such wickets. They have odds of 1.77 to win the match.
The average score at this venue, Mohali, stays pretty much the same across both innings, however, dew could be a factor in the second innings tomorrow.
Pitch and conditions
The pitch is likely to aid the quicks early on with the ball coming onto the bat quicker than at most venues in India. However, a quick outfield should aid scoring.
Players to keep an eye on…
PBKS Predicted playing XI:
Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prabhsimran Singh, Matthew Short, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, Nathan Ellis, Mohit Rathee, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
GT Predicted playing XI:
Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal
Sam Curran: He has not had a great season so far, but on this surface, against a slightly vulnerable Gujarat batting line-up, Curran’s new ball spell could be crucial.
Sai Sudharsan: The Gujarat batting might not have impressed many, but Sai Sudharsan has certainly put a step in the right direction with his form early in the season.
IPL 2023, Match 18 predictions
Based on all of the above factors, we predict that Gujarat Titans will win the match.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
PBKS v GT Betting tips
Apart from betting on Gujarat to win the match, check our other recommended bet about GT’s top bowler:
With his pace and carry, Alzarri Joseph will likely love this venue. With Punjab batters vulnerable to short balls, expect Joseph to have a good game. Back Alzarri Joseph at 4.72 to be Gujarat’s top bowler!