The teams of Punjab Kings and Lucknow Supergiants will face each other today at 7:30 PM. The match will be played at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune (MCA). Both the teams have an army of great players. Both teams are coming with a win in their last match. Punjab had beat Chennai while Lucknow had beat Mumbai.
After losing the match by a huge margin, Punjab made a strong comeback by winning the match against Chennai. On the other hand, Lucknow has been performing well since the beginning of the season.
The only problem with Punjab every season is that they win some big matches and easily lose matches and get out of the IPL. Captain Mayank Agarwal will have to get rid of this problem. Along with this, the players also have to realize their responsibility.
It is in the interest of the team to continue performing with a hitter like Bhanuka Rajapakse. If he is dropped in the middle then he will not be able to perform without pressure. Also, bowlers have to bowl with control. If the pair of Arshdeep Singh and Kuldeep Yadav managed to take wickets in the opening overs, then the match can be easy for Punjab. LSG has a strong batting line-up, so if their batsmen get more runs in the power play then it will be very difficult to stop them later.
Super Giants is consistently performing well. Top-order and middle order are performing well for the team. Bowlers like Dushmantha Chamira and Avesh Khan are not giving the batsmen a chance to play freely. Bowling at a speed of more than 145 kmph so far Chamera has proved useful for the team. Along with this, Avesh has also been able to dodge the batsmen on fast yorkers and lower full toss outside the off-stump.
Lucknow bowlers are capable of defending any score. However, young players like Ayush Badoni will have to maintain consistency in their performances if the team is to make it to the playoffs. If KL Rahul is well aware of the strategies of Punjab’s team, then Lucknow can also get its advantage in today’s match.
PBKS Probable XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal (C), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow, Jitesh Sharma (Wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma
LSG Probable XI: Quinton de Kock (Wk), KL Rahul (C), Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Avesh Khan/Mohsin Khan, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi