The 16th match of the IPL 2022 will be played on April 8, 2022, at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai between the Punjab Kings and the Gujarat Titans. Both teams have risen by winning their most recent games and will look to maintain that winning streak when they meet in Mumbai.
Gujarat Titans’ new franchise has played some excellent cricket in this new season, and they are still unbeaten after two games. They are third in the points table with two wins from two games. Counterparts Punjab Kings have defeated CSK in the last two matches, and with two wins from three, they are just one point behind Gujarat Titans in fourth place in the points table.
This game will be crucial for both teams, as Gujarat Titans will be looking to move to the top of the table by winning all three matches, while Mayank Agarwal’s Punjab Kings will be looking to continue their momentum from the previous game when they face the Titans.
The 16th match between Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans will take place on April 8th, 2022 at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai.
Match Details to Note
Match: Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans, 16th Match, Indian Premier League 2022
Date: April 8, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans Team Previews
After being defeated in 15 overs by KKR, Punjab Kings made a strong comeback to defeat Chennai Super Kings by 54 runs in their most recent match. They are now in the top four of the points table, thanks to a good net run rate and two wins in three games.
Punjab Kings’ batters struggled against KKR in their second match, and the team was bowled out for 137 runs. However, they addressed that issue in the following match, scoring 179 runs against CSK. Liam Livingstone thrashed the yellow army’s bowlers with a brilliant inning of 60 runs off 32 balls.
While defending a target of 180 runs against CSK’s experienced batting lineup, debutant Vaibhav Arora bowled a superb powerplay spell that sent CSK’s top two batsmen into the dugout. Rahul Chahar single-handedly dismantled CSK’s middle order, taking three wickets for 25 runs in four overs. Liam Livingstone also bowled brilliantly, taking two wickets for 25 runs.
Punjab Kings are heavily reliant on their batting lineup, and there is a good chance that it will become more dangerous now that Jonny Bairstow is set to join the squad for the upcoming match against Gujarat Titans. The fiery batting unit of Punjab will face the lethal pace of Gujarat Titans in this battle on April 8th, and it will be a treat to watch.
Punjab Kings Squad
Mayank Agarwal (c), Arshdeep Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow, Rahul Chahar, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Ishan Porel, Liam Livingstone, Odean Smith, Sandeep Sharma, Raj Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Prerak Mankad, Vaibhav Arora, Writtick Chatterjee, Baltej Dhanda, Ansh Patel, Nathan Ellis, Atharva Taide, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Benny Howell
Predicted XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, Jitesh Sharma, Odeon Smith, Arshdeep Singh, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Vaibhav Arora
The Gujarat Titans’ new franchise has gelled quickly in the new season, winning two out of two games to sit third in the points table. This unit has been led by Hardik Pandya, and they have played excellent cricket in the last two matches against the Lucknow Super Giants and the Delhi Capitals.
Gujarat Titans won their first game against LSG by chasing the target, and in their second game, they defeated Delhi Capitals by defending 172 runs. Shubman Gill demonstrated his class during a match against the Delhi Capitals, scoring 84 runs off 46 balls. Hardik Pandya aided him with 31 runs off 27 balls.
Gujarat’s bowling attack dominated the Delhi Capitals. Both pacers Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson did not allow Delhi’s batters to form partnerships. Shami had taken two wickets for 30 runs in four overs, while Lockie Ferguson had four key wickets for 28 runs in four overs.
Gujarat Titans appear to be a well-balanced squad, and the team has been in good form this season. They have an advantage over the Punjab Kings because of their pace attack, which they will try to capitalise on when they face the Kings in their third match in Mumbai.
Gujarat Titans Squad
Hardik Pandya (c), Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Mohammad Shami, Lockie Ferguson, Abhinav Sadarangani, Rahul Tewatia, Noor Ahmad, R Sai Kishore, Dominic Drakes, Jayant Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Darshan Nalkande, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph, Pradeep Sangwan, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Gurkeerat Singh, Varun Aaron
Predicted XI: Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade (wk), Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Rashid Khan, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron
Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans Toss Prediction
The outcome of the match will be determined by the outcome of the coin toss. In the last three IPl matches played at Brabourne Stadium, the team that chose to chase the target won twice, while only Punjab Kings were able to defend the target against CSK. Based on the records and the dew factor, the team that wins the toss should choose to bowl first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
This match will take place at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium. The stadium has a long history and can seat nearly 20,000 people. Currently, the stadium has permission to accommodate only 25% of the seats due to covid regulations.
On a matchday, the weather will be sunny, with temperatures ranging from 34°C to 38°C. The dew factor has always played a role here over the years, which is why his pitch has always troubled bowlers in the second inning while defending the target.
Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans Match Prediction
Given the current state of both teams, predicting a winner through this contest will be difficult. Both teams appear to be strong, but the Gujarat Titans have an advantage over the Punjab Kings due to their fast attack. Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson appear to be in good form and will look to put pressure on the Punjab Kings batting unit.
Punjab Kings is the favourite to beat Gujarat Titans at the odds of 1.77.
- Gujarat Titans have won both of their games against LSG and DC, and they currently sit third in the points table.
- Rahul Chahar of the Punjab Kings is currently the tournament’s third highest wicket taker, with 6 wickets in his last three matches for the Kings.
- This season, Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson have been lethal for opponents, taking 9 wickets between them in the last two matches for Gujarat Titans.