PBKS vs LSG Preview: When the team of Punjab Kings take on Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in the IPL 2022 match on Friday, their eyes were set on keeping the in-form opposition captain KL Rahul’s bat silent. Will be The team of Lucknow is currently running at the fourth place in the points table. The team has won 5 out of 8 matches while it has to face defeat in three. At the same time, the team of Punjab is in 7th place with 4 wins and as many losses in 8 matches.
Both the teams won the last match
Lucknow had defeated Mumbai Indians by 36 runs in their last match while Punjab Kings team will enter this match after defeating CSK by 11 runs. Rahul is running in excellent form at the top of the order. He has scored two centuries against Mumbai in the current season and also scored a half-century. He is the second most successful batsman in the season with 368 runs. Only Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals has scored more runs than him in the current season.
Punjab bowlers have to show amazing
Punjab’s bowling attack, led by South African pacer Kagiso Rabada, is quite balanced and the team will try to stop Rahul from playing the big innings. Apart from Rabada, the Punjab team has bowlers like Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Rishi Dhawan and Rahul Chahar with impressive performances in the death overs, who will have to curb Rahul at the MCA Stadium, which is known for big-scoring matches. Leg-spinner Chahar is Punjab’s most successful bowler with 10 wickets but he also needs to improve his performance.
Shikhar Dhawan back in form
In the batting department, opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan has returned to form after playing an unbeaten 88 in the last match, which is a positive aspect for the team. Captain Mayank Agarwal’s form is, however, a matter of concern for the team. His performance in the current season has been full of ups and downs and he has managed to score only one half-century in 7 matches so far. There has to be consistency in his performance and along with Dhawan, the team will have to get off to a good start. Bhanuka Rajapakse, who batted at number three, has impressed. He scored 42 runs in 32 balls in the last match against CSK and the Sri Lankan batsman would like to continue his good performance.
Lucknow batsmen did not run apart from Rahul
The Lucknow team will hope that other batsmen will give good support to captain Rahul, including his opening partner Quinton de Kock. De Kock could only score 10 runs against Mumbai. De Kock has scored 225 runs so far but has not been able to do justice to his ability. Lucknow’s batting will have to be strengthened while performing better. Lucknow’s batting line-up has depth in the presence of experienced Manish Pandey, aggressive batsmen Marcus Stoinis and Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda and young Ayush Badoni besides West Indies all-rounder Jason Holder.
The bowlers of the team have also performed well. Sri Lankan fast bowler Dushmanta Chamira and Holder have impressed. Together they have taken 14 wickets so far and they will have to continue this performance against Punjab as well. Among the spinners, Krunal and Ravi Bishnai’s 8 overs can be crucial and can change the course of the match.
Probable Playing 11:
Punjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Bhanuka Rajapakse, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh
Lucknow Super Giants: Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Krunal Pandya, Jason Holder, Mohsin Khan, Dushmantha Chamira, Ravi Bishnoi