The all-conquering Gujarat Titans lock horns with the Punjab Kings in an encounter that has huge ramifications for the Punjab boys. With the Kings reeling in 7th place, with an inferior NRR, they will have to get their act together as quickly as possible, or else this season will be just the seasons gone by, an incompetent mess with some fleeting moments of quality. Betting in India will surely be in their favour in this fixture.
The poor form of Mayank Agarwal at the top of the order is a massive headache for the Kings because his lean run with the cricket bat has shackled the rest of the free-scoring batsmen, and they are unable to use those power-hitters to the best of their abilities. Gujarat, on the other hand, does not have a lot to worry about and can play the way they are without any worries whatsoever. This has all the making of a cracking contest.
The Titans have been absolutely sensational the entire season. All those who hardly gave this team a chance due to a lot of fundamental weaknesses in their squad are now hiding in their corners, eating humble pie. Somehow, they always find a way to win, and that is a testament to their fearless and carefree brand of cricket, with the team giving a number of players, ample opportunities to express themselves.
They have always delivered when called upon. Currently, they sit pretty at the top of the heap, with their passage to the playoffs all but secured. They know that while they are the form team of the tournament so far, they will be were of the fact that their opponents will be coming at them with everything, and will have to keep guard against complacency.
Inconsistency is the middle name of this Punjab side. They have never been able to put a sustainable run of results, instead, faltering in many games that were well and truly in their reach for the majority of that contest. In their last game, they had done a commendable job with the ball to restrict the Lucknow Super Giants to 153 but were unable to replicate that with the bat, surrendering tamely and losing by 20 runs in a game that they should be winning. Mayank Agarwal has been a key reason for their travails with the bat.
The skipper has not been able to generate any sort of momentum with the bat, unable to capitalize on the starts he gets, which puts more pressure on the batters after him. The Kings have an uphill battle in front of them, and to be honest, there is not much hope for them to make the playoffs.
Both teams faced once earlier this season, with the Titans pulling an improbable heist, with Rahul Tewatia hitting 2 sixes off the last two balls to take Gujarat to victory after Punjab had posted a competitive 189 in their first innings.
This game is a rather straightforward one to predict, with the Titans emerging as clear favourites in every game they play in, bu5 the Punjab kings will surely have something to say about this if they manage to get their rhythm right.
Date and Time
3rd May 2022 (Tuesday) at 7:30 pm.
DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai