By India Today Sports Desk: Punjab Kings will host the defending champions Gujarat Titans in the 18th match of the Indian Premier League 2023 at the IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali on Thursday (April 13).
The match between PBKS and GT will begin at 7:30 PM IST.
Both PBKS and GT are coming on the back of losses, with PBKS going down against an upbeat SunRisers Hyderabad and GT facing a nightmarish final over against Kolkata Knight Riders’ Rinku Singh.
The graph of PBKS and GT is quite similar as both sides won their first two matches before losing their respective third match. Ahead of the clash, here’s everything you need to know about PBKS and GT.
PBKS and GT met twice last season, with both winning once. In their first-ever clash, GT beat PBKS by six wickets. PBKS avenged their defeat in the second tie, beating GT by eight wickets.
PBKS and GT are tied on the head-to-head record, 1-1.
INJURY CONCERN / AVAILABILITY
England’s Liam Livingstone has joined Punjab Kings and is expected to play against Gujarat Titans. Although the availability of Bhanuka Rajapaksa is yet to be determined, he could get a nod over Sikandar Raza if he is available.
In the GT camp, captain Hardik Pandya is expected to return after missing the last match against KKR due to illness.
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali has a trend of rewarding the side bowling first. Out of 7 matches, 5 have been won by the chasing team.
PREDICTED PLAYING XIS
PBKS: Prabhsimran Singh, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh.
GT: Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Joshua Little.