The Indian Premier League 2022 is in its final week, and the points table is starting to take shape. In this context, the 42nd match between the Punjab Kings and the Lucknow Super Giants will be crucial for both teams. The Kings have defeated the Chennai Super Kings, while the Super Giants have also won their last game by a large margin against the Mumbai Indians.
Many of Punjab Kings’ players have struggled with consistency. They rely on their top three to win games because the middle and lower middle-order haven’t been able to bring the stadium to life. The Super Giants have had the majority of their players contribute to the team’s success. They have depth in their batting and bowling lineups and will look to take advantage of it in this game.
The 42nd match between Punjab Kings vs Lucknow Super Giants will take place on April 29th, 2022 at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.
Match Details to Note
Match: Punjab Kings vs Lucknow Super Giants, 42nd Match, Indian Premier League 2022
Date: April 29, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
Punjab Kings vs Lucknow Super Giants Team Previews
It was a great win for Mayank Agarwal’s team at the right time in the tournament. The team that has struggled with consistency won by 11 runs over the Chennai Super Kings. They need to get a move on and will be aiming for a win from now on. The task will not be easy against the Lucknow Super Giants, who have been in excellent form, and PBKS players will need to put on a spirited performance to defeat them.
The team has a strong batting lineup, led by Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan, who are both in good form. Dhawan and No. 3 Bhanuka Rajapaksa performed admirably in the previous game, and more of the same is expected of them this time. Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow, and Jitesh Sharma bolster the side’s batting firepower, and they will have to perform admirably against Lucknow’s strong bowling attack in this game.
Kagiso Rabada appears to be in good form, and he will be required to play an important role in this game. Sandeep Sharma needs to bowl better lines because the Super Giants have some big hitters in their lineup. Arshdeep Singh’s performance in the previous game will boost the team’s confidence, but they will need better spells from Rahul Chahar and Rishi Dhawan in this game.
Punjab Kings Squad
Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Raj Bawa, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Sandeep Sharma, Rahul Chahar, Prabhsimran Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Benny Howell, Ishan Porel, Vaibhav Arora, Ansh Patel, Atharva Taide, Prerak Mankad, Jitesh Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Writtick Chatterjee, Baltej Singh
Predicted XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh
KL Rahul’s team delivered a crushing blow to the Mumbai Indians in the last game, almost knocking the 5-time champions out of contention for a playoff spot. Their bowlers defended the average score of 168 runs aggressively, allowing them to win the game by 36 runs. They are tied for fourth place on the points table with three other teams. Rahul wants his team to get started with a win over Punjab.
Rahul scored a century in the previous game and, along with Quinton de Kock, forms a formidable opening wicket pair. Manish Pandey needs to improve his strike rate because he hasn’t had a great season. In the middle order, he must add runs with Marcus Stoinis and Krunal Pandya. With Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, and Jason Holder to follow, they have good batting depth.
Dushmantha Chameera bowled brilliantly in the previous game and will look to bowl tight spells early in the game with Jason Holder. Avesh Khan is expected to make a comeback after missing the game against the Mumbai Indians due to injury. Along with Pandya, Ravi Bishnoi, and Ayush Badoni, he strengthens this attack.
Lucknow Super Giants Squad
KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Manan Vohra, Krunal Pandya, Ankit Rajpoot, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Dushmantha Chameera, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Evin Lewis, Mohsin Khan, Ayush Badoni, Karan Sharma, Mayank Yadav
Predicted XI: KL Rahul (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan
Punjab Kings vs Lucknow Super Giants Toss Prediction
The last three games have been won by teams that have chased scores. The wicket has softened, and teams have been putting up big totals. Knowing the target makes it simple to chase a score. The team that wins the toss will undoubtedly choose to bowl first in the game.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
MCA Stadium in Pune is a great venue for batsmen, and they have scored a lot of runs there in the past. The pace and bounce on this surface are accurate, and the lightning-fast outfield adds to the batsmen’s advantage. Fast bowlers have a small margin for error at this venue, but spinners have done well when the ball takes a sharp turn.
On April 29, we anticipate a hot and humid evening. Batting conditions have been favourable, with an average first-inning score of nearly 180 runs this season. The ball is landing nicely on the bat, allowing batsmen to play their strokes freely. To feel safe on this wicket, the side batting first would need to score more than 190 runs.
Punjab Kings vs Lucknow Super Giants Match Prediction
Punjab Kings arrive in this game with a win, but the team’s middle order continues to be a source of concern. They have also struggled in most of the games they have played so far in terms of bowling. Lucknow Super Giants have more bowling depth and a top order that is in excellent form. This will be a close game, but the Super Giants will take an early lead.
Lucknow Super Giants is the favourite to beat Punjab Kings at the odds of 1.82.
- LSG’s first game is against KL. Rahul Dravid and Quinton de Kock have combined for nearly 600 runs, adding to the side’s strength.
- PBKS’ bowling attack is unbalanced, and the team is reliant on Kagiso Rabada and Arshdeep Singh to win games.
- PBKS’ middle order hasn’t contributed much thus far, which is a significant weakness for the team.