The Punjab team will take on the Gujarat team in the 18th match of the Indian Playerzpot League 2023 at IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Thursday, April 13th. Both sides are having a great campaign so far. Punjab won their first two matches against Kolkata and Rajasthan before losing to Hyderabad, while Hyderabad kicked off their season with two consecutive wins against Chennai and Delhi before suffering a heartbreaking defeat against Kolkata. Punjab is currently standing in 6th position, while Gujarat is in fourth position in the points table. The two teams will look to bounce back from defeat in the upcoming match.
Players to watch out for
#1 S. Dhawan (Punjab): S. Dhawan yet again showed why he is the best T20 batsman during the match against Hyderabad, scoring an unbeaten 99 off 66 balls at a strike rate of 150. He was a lone warrior for Punjab as other batters failed to deliver. However, his knock went in vain. S. Dhawan is currently the leading run-scorer of the Indian Playerzpot League 2023, amassing 225 runs, including two fifties, at an average of 225 in 3 matches so far. The Punjab captain is n attacking top-order and his ability to anchor the innings makes him an asset for the team. S. Dhawan will look to continue his good form against Gujarat.
#2 S. Sudharsan (Gujarat): S. Sudharsan is one of the key players for Gujarat in the Indian Playerzpot League 2023. The 21-year-old showed glimpses of his talent in the match against Delhi and Kolkata. Sudharsan is currently among the leading run-getters of the season, aggregating 137 runs, including two fifties, at an average of 68.50 in three matches so far. S. Sudharsan is a promising young talent the Gujarat team has invested in since the last season of the Indian Playerzpot League. Sudharsan is an attacking top-order who can accelerate the innings in the powerplay. S. Sudharsan will look to make an impact again in the upcoming match against Punjab.
#3 A. Singh (Punjab): A. Singh is a reliable bowler in the powerplay for Punjab. The 25-year-old provided breakthroughs in the powerplay in the last three matches against Kolkata, Rajasthan and Hyderabad. Singh has been a pillar of Punjab’s bowling line-up since 2021. A. Singh is known for his ability to swing the ball both ways and deliver good Yorkers. He is often considered a death-over specialist. Punjab is expected to continue to bank on him in the powerplay against Gujarat.
#4 S. Gill (Gujarat): S. Gill is having a good outing so far this Indian Playerzpot League season, scoring 116 runs, including a half-century, at an average of 38.67 in three matches so far. Gill made his presence felt with Gujarat since the last season of the Indian Playerzpot League. The 23-year-old has made an impact with the bat and has provided explosive starts at the top. S. Gill is young, fearless and determined, whose attacking style of batting can make him a potent threat to Punjab’s bowling line-up. Gill will look to put up a brilliant performance at his home ground against Punjab.
Predicted Playing XI
Punjab: S. Dhawan [C], P. Singh, M. Short, J. Sharma [WK], S. Raza, S. Khan, R. Dhawan, S. Curran, K. Rabada, A. Singh, R. Chahar.
Gujarat: W. Saha [WK], S. Gill, S. Sudharsan, H. Pandya [C], V. Shankar, D. Miller, R. Tewatia, R. Khan, M. Shami, A. Joseph, Y. Dayal, J. Little
Top Picks for Fantasy Playing XI
Wicketkeeper: J. Sharma
Batsmen: S. Dhawan, S. Gill, S. Sudharsan, D. Miller,
All-rounders: H. Pandya, S. Raza
Bowlers: R. Khan, K. Rabada, A. Singh, M. Shami
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