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IPL 2022 – Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans Match 16 Preview

Both Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans, who will face off on April 8, have established a firm and correct footing in a league where games can come thick and fast. The tournament is in its second week, and while the playoff fates of participants in eight-team editions were frequently not determined until the final week – and sometimes not until the final fixture – those dynamics may change significantly with the tournament expanded to ten teams.

Given this, leaving things until the last minute is almost certainly not the wisest course of action. Strange, unprecedented things have already occurred this year, with the Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, two of the league’s most successful franchises with a combined nine championships, still waiting to open their accounts after each team had played three games.

To conclude, both the Kings and Titans have performed admirably thus far – both are tied on four points, with the Kings winning two of the three games played, while the Titans remain the league’s only undefeated team with two victories.

The Titans, led by Hardik Pandya, have proven their critics wrong in spectacular fashion after numerous questions were raised about their shopping strategy during the February auction. They began their campaign with a victory, defeating fellow debutants Lucknow Super Giants by five wickets in a chase of 159, and then defended 171 against the Delhi Capitals to secure a 14-run victory.

Shubman Gill has abandoned his cautious approach and demonstrated his intent to develop into the opener everyone desires; all-rounder Hardik Pandya has returned and is not only bowling but also completing his quota; Rahul Tewatia is providing late impetus to the innings and has already played a match-winning knock; Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson have each delivered one bone-chilling spell, and Rashid Khan, well, Rashid Khan is Rashid Khan.

Perhaps the only concerns are Vijay Shankar, who has yet to establish himself, and Varun Aaron, who bowled a costly spell in the first game and may be benched due to an injury he sustained in the second.

For the Kings, the new season has been equally successful, and for the first time in a long time, they are scratching their heads not over losses but over a problem of plenty. They are on the verge of receiving a Jonny Bairstow upgrade (as if an order comprising the likes of Mayank Agarwal, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone and Odean Smith is not enough daunting). However, despite his calibre and class as a white-ball player, there is sufficient congestion in the Kings’ ranks to preclude an easy swap for Bairstow.

Even the uncapped Jitesh Sharma and Vaibhav Arora made an immediate impression in the team’s thrashing 54-run victory over the Super Kings in the previous fixture. The hero, on the other hand, was Livingstone, who used his entire arsenal to restore the Kings to winning ways.

Their batters have batted in top gear regardless of the situation, and they have quickly learned both the advantages and disadvantages of that approach, following a 205-run victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore with six balls remaining and a stutter to 137 against Kolkata Knight Riders. However, in the shortest format, the Kings’ batting strategy is likely to succeed far more frequently than it fails.


Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans Match 16 – Pitch Report


“Because it was like Niagara Falls in terms of wetness…”, CSK coach Stephen Fleming explained following his team’s loss to Lucknow Super Giants, who chased 211 for fun at the venue.

In subsequent games, groundsmen have used a wax chemical spray to eliminate dew, with noticeable results: four of the last seven games have been won by defending teams. Punjab defeated Chennai by 54 runs in the previous game at Brabourne.


Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans Match 16 – Team News


Punjab Kings


Despite two brilliant cameos in two of the three games thus far, the simplest way to fit Bairstow into the starting XI is to leave out Rajapaksa.


Gujarat Titans


Aaron, if he is unable to play, may make way for Yash Dayal, whose sensational performance for Uttar Pradesh in the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22 earned him a paycheque of INR 3.2 crore at the auction. In seven games, the left-arm pacer took 14 wickets at a strike rate of 17.35 and an economy rate of just 3.77.

The match is scheduled to take place on the 8th of April, 2022 at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai.