Punjab Kings boosted by Jonny Bairstow
- Jonny Bairstow will likely return for the Punjab Kings for this fixture
- Gujarat Titans have won both matches so far and have a superb bowling attack
Gujarat Titans have won both their matches so far in IPL 2022 and are riding on their impeccable bowling attack led by Rashid Khan to stifle their opponents. Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson further make them a difficult to team to write off. GT’s chances of winning against PBKS stand at 1.98
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Punjab Kings, meanwhile, will welcome big-hitting England batter Jonny Bairstow, who will likely slot into the middle-order and look to attack the spinners. With Bairstow returning, Punjab will have a selection conundrum with one of Bhanuka Rajapaksa or Odean Smith likely to miss out. PBKS have odds of 1.81 to win this one.
The season so far
While Gujarat Titans led by Hardik Pandya have been impressive and notched up two wins in two matches, Punjab Kings’ famed batting line-up has slightly fizzled off after an incredible run-chase against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their first fixture.
Gujarat Titans look good with their bowling firing and Shubman Gill returning to form, and are our favorites to win this one.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
The battle this game would be between the terrific and long Punjab batting group and the Rashid Khan-led Gujarat Titans’ bowling attack. The team that wins this battle would likely win the contest.
Keep an eye on…
Shubman Gill: A promising return to form for Shubman Gill saw him play positively upfront against Delhi and scoring 84 in 46 balls. Gill’s form will be crucial to Gujarat’s chances, especially since their batting is thin on paper.
Jonny Bairstow: A superb T20 batter, Jonny Bairstow won’t get his favoured opening slot, but will be more than comfortable in the middle-order, a role he has donned successfully for England in the recent past in this format.
TIP: Mayank Agarwal is a quality player of spin and is due a big knock. Back Agarwal at 4.50 to be the top batter for Punjab!