Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans: Preview, pitch report, prediction

After a solid start to the Indian Premier League (IPL) season, Punjab Kings (PBKS) lost their third match to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 8 wickets and are now left with the task of hosting defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT). The Titans lost their last match to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) after faltering with their bowling. Thus, both teams will be looking to make a comeback when they face each other at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on April 13 (IST).

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Preview

Punjab Kings head into the game after a loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad, while Gujarat Titans are recovering from their high-scoring defeat to Kolkata Knight Riders. The match is scheduled to be played in Mohali, which will be hosting an IPL match after a gap of over 10 days. The good news is that the pitch should be fresh, meaning batters will have a field day while bowlers will have to toil hard.

The Titans, despite playing away, have the required firepower in their batting, but their bowling against the Knight Riders looked depleted. While Rashid Khan snatched a hat-trick, he did not receive any support.

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Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans match details

Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans, Match 28, IPL 2023

Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Punjab

Date & Time: Thursday, April 13, 7:30 pm IST

PBKS vs GT pitch report

The PCA IS Bindra Stadium pitch should favour batters which means fans can expect a high-scoring contest. The obvious choice for the captain winning the toss would be to bowl first and restrict their opponents to anything under 180 runs. Chasing a score in excess of 210 should still be achievable.

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Prediction

While Gujarat Titans comprise of a solid lineup, it is Punjab Kings that come into the match as favourites. The Titans’ loss to Kolkata Knight Riders was perhaps bad luck, if one were to agree. But despite their shortcomings, Punjab Kings are expected to come out on top and register a home victory.

PBKS vs GT probable playing XIs

Punjab Kings (PBKS):

Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prabhsimran Singh, Matthew Short, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh

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Gujarat Titans (GT):

Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Joshua Little, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph

The match will be played at 7:30 pm IST.

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