IPL 2022 – The BEST Punjab Kings playing XI to face the Lucknow Super Giants
On April 29, the Punjab Kings will face a resurgent Lucknow Super Giants in Match 42 of the IPL 2022 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. They’ll be fired up for this match after an 11-run triumph against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings earlier this week.
The bowlers appeared to have clicked nicely as a team, especially at the death, where the pace three of Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, and Rishi Dhawan played really well. Following their victory over CSK, Punjab will be hoping to keep the same winning formula.
In this article, we are going to talk about the BEST Punjab Kings playing XI to face the Lucknow Super Giants.
Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal continue to open the innings
Shikhar Dhawan returned to form in their last game, scoring 88* runs off 59 deliveries at a strike rate of nearly 150. His match-winning effort earned him the “Player of the Match” title, and Dhawan became only the second batter, after Virat Kohli, to score 6,000 IPL runs. He’d like to keep the momentum rolling in the future.
So far, skipper Mayank Agarwal has been inconsistent on the 22 yards, averaging 19.43 and a strike rate of 125.92 in seven games. PBKS would want him to get back into shape before their future matches.
Jonny Bairstow, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, and Jitesh Sharma add stability to the middle order
The middle-order is made up of three wicketkeeper-batters, and they will be asked to handle the situation if Punjab loses their top-order early against LSG. Jonny Bairstow has struggled this season, scoring just 47 runs in five matches, with his top score of 12 runs. The England limited-overs specialist will be eager to put on a display against the Lucknow bowling assault.
Bhanuka Rajapaksa, who was included in the last match against CSK, lived up to expectations by scoring 42 runs off 32 deliveries. He was also part of a 110-run second-wicket stand with opener Shikhar Dhawan, which powered them to a match-winning total of 187/4.
Jitesh Sharma, an emerging stumper, has scored 122 runs so far, with his top score being 32. He can step in as backup for Bairstow as a wicketkeeper, but he is quite good in the outfield as well.
Liam Livingstone and Rishi Dhawan offer all-rounder support
Liam Livingstone, one of Punjab’s most costly signings this season, has proven inconsistent. The Englishman hit a seven-ball 19 in the last game but went wicketless with the ball in hand, giving 12 runs off his opening over and not being given the ball again. PBKS will be hoping that Livingstone’s all-around ability will make a difference in the upcoming match.
Ambati Rayudu smashed Rishi Dhawan in his first stint, but the talented all-rounder held his cool and mounted a spectacular comeback in his second. His 2/39 stats, which included the crucial wicket of MS Dhoni, were crucial in slowing down Chennai’s run chase. The Himachal Pradesh batsman may not have impressed with the bat, but he possesses some big-hitting ability that can help PBKS further down the order.
Sandeep Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, and Arshdeep Singh
Sandeep Sharma was Punjab Kings’ most costly bowler against the Chennai Super Kings. While he did dismiss Robin Uthappa early, he ended up conceding 40 runs in four overs at a ten percent economy rate. Kagiso Rabada, on the other side, was the standout performance with the ball in hand. He not only kept it tight in the death overs, but he also finished with numbers of 2/23.
Rahul Chahar had a forgettable day against Chennai, failing to capture a single wicket and conceding 30 runs in three overs. Against the Lucknow Super Giants, the promising leggie will look to make an impression in the wickets column. Arshdeep Singh kept things tight in the closing overs, particularly against a rampaging Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who managed only one boundary against him in the last over. Arshdeep will be trying to replicate his performance in the next game, as well as confuse the batters with his ability to bowl yorkers at will.