With an unbelievable loss in the last game, LSG moves to Punjab to play against the home team, PBKS. It has become a responsibility for LSG to put on a high-quality game after facing their loss in the last game. KL Rahul might be cursing himself for throwing his wicket at the crucial stage. So, this game will be so crucial for him to overcome the setback. On the other hand, PBKS has has just pulled off a surprise against MI in Mumbai, and they are heading for this home game with the confidence they have gained.
Head to Head
Matches played: 2
LSG Won: 1
PBKS Won: 1
Time: 7.30 PM IST
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association I.S Bindra Stadium, Mohali
It is expected to be a good batting wicket. Fast bowlers will enjoy the nip they will get from this wicket.
What to Expect?
With the spin department, LSG seems a little stronger than PBKS. But PBKS will showcase their fast bowlers’ skill as their pacers are finding the right areas lately. Since it is a night game, the dew factor will definitely make an impact. So the team that chases in this game will have more advantage.
Probable Playing XIIs
LSG Possible XII:
Nicholas Pooran(wk), Deepak Hooda, Kyle Mayers, KL Rahul(C), Krunal Pandya, Ayush Badoni, , Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Naveen ul Haq, Marcus Stoinis, Amit Mishra, Prerak Mankad
PBKS Possible XII:
Matt Short,Atharva Taide, Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Liam Livingstone, Harpreet Singh Bhatia, Jitesh Sharma, Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, Nathan Ellis, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
Fantasy Picks for the GT vs PBKS Match
Captain : K Pandya
Even if the wicket gets slow like the last game played in this venue, K Pandya can be more effective with both the bat and the ball. Feels good in touch with the bat and his rhythm is good with the ball. He will definitely be a key player for these conditions.
Vice captain : Sam Curran
S Curran is doing a brilliant job as a captain. And also the English player is currently in great form with the bat. With the bowling he didn’t do what is expected in the last game but still his slowers will make a huge impact.
Batsmen : Rahul, Hooda, Shahrukh Khan
Even though there is more controversy over Rahul’s strike rate, Rahul as an individual batter is making fruitful runs.
It’s time for Hooda to step up for his side. He has got enough matches to settle. This game will be so important for him.
Sharukh’s hefty swings were missed in the last game as he didn’t get to bat. But in this game with the kind of conditions prevailing there in Punjab, Sharukh might be going hard when the chance arrives.
Wicket keepers : N Pooran
Both Jithesh and Pooran are the game changers for their side. The role they play for their side is equally important with the aggression they possess.
All rounders : M Stoinis, S Curran, K Pandya, Mayers
Mayers started to showcase his skill right from the first game. Now it is almost half way of the tournament for LSG and he is still finding the sweet spot with ease. It shows that he is more capable and a special innings can be expected from him anytime.
M Stoinis started to be the bowler that LSG is expecting. But as a batter he hasn’t done well yet so far in this edition. Let’s wait for it. When it happens it will be huge.
Bowlers : A Singh, Mishra
A Singh, who sealed the victory for PBKs in the last game is improvising every game he bowls. Moreover, these home conditions will be more useful for him.
Mishra’s experience is paying off whenever he is swinging his arms to bowl. Let’s not miss him in this crucial game.
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