Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) are set to face Punjab Kings (PBKS) in the 38th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League 2023 after PBKS’s impressive win over Mumbai Indians. PBKS has played exceptional cricket so far and has won four of their seven matches. Lucknow lost to Gujarat Titans in their last match after their captain KL Rahul left them on the brink of victory.
Kyle Mayers has performed well for PBKS, and Krunal Pandya has shown glimpses of brilliance. In terms of the bowlers, Mark Wood is expected to return to the playing XI, and Ravi Bishnoi, who formerly played for Lucknow, can be a significant threat.
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While it is uncertain whether Shikhar Dhawan will return for the match against Lucknow Super Giants, Prabhsimran Singh, Sam Curran, and Jitesh Sharma have performed exceptionally well in his absence. Arshdeep, who is in contention for the IPL Purple Cap, has also been outstanding with the ball.
Punjab Kings vs Lucknow Super Giants preview
Punjab Kings will compete against Lucknow Super Giants in the 38th match of the 16th season of the Indian Premier League at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Friday.
Punjab Kings have won four out of seven games and are placed in the middle of the points table. They won their last game against Mumbai Indians, where Harpreet Singh Bhatia, Sam Curran, and Jitesh Sharma made significant contributions to set a target of 214. Arshdeep Singh’s four-wicket haul restricted the Mumbai Indians to 201-6.
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On the other hand, Lucknow Super Giants have also earned eight points by winning four of their seven matches. However, they lost their last game against Gujarat Titans in a low-scoring match. Krunal Pandya and Marcus Stoinis claimed two wickets each to restrict the Titans to 135-6, but the Super Giants fell short of the target by seven runs despite a 68-run innings by captain KL Rahul.
Punjab Kings vs Lucknow Super Giants match details
Punjab Kings vs Lucknow Super Giants, Match 38, IPL 2023
Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Date & Time: The match will be played on Friday, April 28, at 7:30 pm IST
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PBKS vs LSG pitch report
The Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium has proven to be a paradise for batsmen. With the ball coming nicely onto the bat, the pitch provides batters ample opportunity to score runs and display their skills. The venue has a reputation for being a high-scoring surface, which is why so many of the IPL games held at this venue have witnessed some remarkable batting performances.
While spinners may get some assistance from the surface, particularly later in the game, it is still a good surface for batters. The ball comes onto the bat evenly, and the outfield is also quick, making it easy for batsmen to find gaps and score boundaries. The wicket tends to hold up well throughout the game, and it’s a pitch that can produce some big totals, especially if the batters can stay at the crease for a longer time.
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The temperature is expected to be between 22 and 35 degrees Celsius on match day.
PBKS vs LSG prediction
In their recent match, Punjab Kings narrowly defeated the Mumbai Indians, whereas Lucknow Super Giants unexpectedly lost to the Titans. Given their well-rounded team, Punjab Kings are likely to come out as winners.
PBKS vs LSG probable playing XIs
Punjab Kings (PBKS):
Atharva Taide, Prabhsimran Singh, Matthew Short, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran (c), Jitesh Sharma (wk), Harpreet Singh Bhatia, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh
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Lucknow Super Giants (LSG):
KL Rahul (c), Kyle Mayers, Krunal Pandya, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Deepak Hooda, Avesh Khan, Ravi Bishnoi, Amit Mishra, Naveen-ul-Haq