Fans have already witnessed some exhilarating matches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, and it is expected that the upcoming match between Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Gujarat Titans (GT) will be no different. With both teams having some exceptional players in their ranks, predicting the winner of the PBKS vs GT match is not an easy task.

High-Scoring Encounter Expected

Cricket enthusiasts expect that the PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali will produce a high-scoring encounter due to its reputation as a batting-friendly pitch. The team winning the toss is likely to bowl first and restrict the opposition to a chasable target. Anything above 210 on the board will be considered a good total.

Match Schedule

The upcoming cricket match between Punjab Kings and GT will take place at 7:30 PM IST on 13th April 2023 at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Both teams have earned four points each, but Gujarat Titans are currently ahead on the points table due to a better net run rate.

However, As both teams are determined to win, spectators can expect another thrilling match in Mohali. The upcoming PBKS vs GT match will be televised on the Star Sports Network and can also be streamed live on Jio Cinemas. This encounter is the 18th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023.

IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali

Pitch Report

According to the pitch report, in the last game at the PCA Stadium, the Punjab Kings scored 191 runs while batting first. The pitch has historically been favorable to pacers, who have taken most of the wickets in the previous game.

Although rain is not expected during this period, dew may settle in the latter half of the match. Therefore, both teams would prefer to chase after winning the toss, as the pitch is likely to remain relatively consistent throughout the game.

WEATHER FORECAST

Temperature 33°CRealFeel Shade™ 30°
Wind NW 20km/hCloud cover 0%
Wind Gusts 22 km/hHumidity    23%
Visibility    1.6 kmCloud ceiling 9100m
Dew point  8°Time   7.30 PM INST

Head-to-Head in IPL

The head-to-head IPL statistics for PBKS and GT show that they have played two matches against each other. Out of these two, one match was won by PBKS, and the other was won by GT. In terms of last season’s performance, GT emerged as the winner of the tournament, while PBKS finished in sixth place.

Both teams have won 1 out 2 matches against each other

Win-Loss record of both teams in IPL 2022:

TeamPlayedWonLossPoints
Gujarat Titans (GT)1410420
Punjab Kings (PBKS)147714

Probable Lineups

Here are the two team lineups for the upcoming PBKS vs GT match:

Gujarat Titans (GT) XI: Shubman Gill, either Widdhiman Saha or KS Bharat, Sai Sudharsan, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya (captain), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Joshua Little, Alzarri Joseph, and either Yash Dayal or Shivam Mavi.

Punjab Kings (PBKS) XI: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Prabhsimran Singh, either Bhanuka Rajapaksa or Matthew Short, either Sikandar Raza or Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, Jitesh Sharma (wicketkeeper), Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh, and Rahul Chahar.

PBKS: Shikhar Dhawan Carries the Baton

PBKS skipper Shikhar Dhawan has been in scintillating form this season, and he has already amassed 225 runs in three matches, sitting at the top of the IPL 2023 Orange Cap list. Further, Dhawan’s contribution will be crucial for PBKS, and he will be looking to continue his purple patch against GT.

Punjab King’s Skipper Shikar Dhawan

GT: Shankar and Sudharsan Boost the Lineup

GT has a balanced squad, with the likes of Vijay Shankar and Sai Sudharsan performing consistently. While Shankar has been impressive with the bat and ball, Sudharsan’s ability to provide breakthroughs at crucial junctures makes him an asset to the team. Additionally, The return of skipper Hardik Pandya and the availability of Liam Livingstone add depth to the GT lineup.

Rashid Khan and Kagiso Rabada: Key Bowlers to Watch

Both teams have some quality bowlers who can change the game’s course in their favor. Rashid Khan, who picked up a hattrick in the last match, will be looking to replicate his heroics against PBKS. On the other hand, Kagiso Rabada, who is likely to play his first match of the season, will be eager to make an impact for PBKS.

Gujarat Titan’s Rashid Khan

Prediction

Gujarat Titans would emerge victorious over the Punjab Kings in their upcoming match. This is due to the Gujarat Titans’ superior bowling attack, well-experienced batsmen, and more diverse batting lineup as compared to their rivals.

The Gujarat Titans are deemed to have an edge over the Punjab Kings, despite both teams having similar records this season. The Gujarat Titans’ balanced lineup and strong batting form, particularly among their batters, provide them with an advantage. In contrast, the Punjab Kings have a top-heavy team, and their middle order may struggle under pressure.