The Punjab team will square off against the Lucknow team in the 38th match of the Indian Playerzpot League 2023 at PCA IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Friday, 28th April. Both teams are facing off against each other for the second time in this season. In their previous encounter, Punjab defeated Lucknow by two wickets. Punjab and Lucknow are having good campaigns this season so far. Punjab registered its wins against Kolkata, Rajasthan, Lucknow, and Mumbai and lost three matches against Hyderabad, Gujarat, and Bangalore. While Lucknow won the matches against Delhi, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Rajasthan and lost against Chennai, Punjab, and Gujarat.

In the league standings, Punjab and Lucknow are currently in the 6th and 4th positions respectively, with 8 points each after seven matches. Punjab will look to continue their winning ways, while Lucknow will bounce back from defeat in the previous game.

Players to watch out for

#1 S Curran (Punjab): S Curran was at his best in the previous match against Mumbai, scoring 55 off 29, comprising 5 fours and 4 sixes at a strike rate of 189.66. His brilliant knock and 108-run partnership with H Singh helped the side post a solid total of 214/8. Curran is the most expensive player in the history of the tournament and did justice to his price tag by playing good knocks in the middle. S Curran is currently leading Punjab in the absence of S Dhawan. His captaincy brilliance was on display in the last few matches. Curran doesn’t seem to be pressured by captaincy duties but rather plays his natural game. S. Curran will look to make an impact again in the upcoming match against Lucknow.

#2 K Mayers (Lucknow): K Mayers has been performing well in his debut season of the Indian Playerzpot League. The 31-year-old has scored 243 runs, including three fifties, at an average of 34.71 and a strike rate of 150.93. In the previous match against Gujarat, Mayers managed to score only 24 runs off 19 balls. However, the Lucknow management is expected to back him as he is a hard hitter who can pile runs in the powerplay and accelerate the innings when needed. He performed well in the absence of regular opening batter Q de Kock. K Mayers will look to better his performance from the previous game in the upcoming match against Punjab.

#3 A Singh (Punjab): A Singh has been a star bowler and lead pacer for Punjab in the Indian Playerzpot League 2023. He is currently the fourth leading wicket-taker of the season, scalping 14 wickets at an average of 15.69 and an economy rate of 8.16 in seven matches so far. In the previous match against Mumbai, Singh scalped four wickets while conceding 29 runs at an economy rate of 7.20 in four overs. A Singh is a reliable bowler who can provide breakthroughs in the powerplay and take wickets in the powerplay. His good pace and ability to swing the ball both ways can make him a potent threat to Lucknow’s batting line-up.

#4 M Wood (Lucknow): M Wood has been a revelation for Lucknow in the ongoing season of the Indian Playerzpot League. The 32-year-old was forced to miss the last couple of matches due to illness and is expected to feature in the upcoming match against Punjab. In this season. Wood has scaped 11 wickets, including a five-wicket haul, at an average of 11.82 and an economy rate of 8.13 in four matches so far. His best bowling figure of 5/14 against Delhi. M Wood is a lethal pacer whose bowling can pose a potential threat to Punjab’s bowling line-up due to his ability to deliver the ball in good lines and lengths. M Wood’s return can be a good positive for Lucknow and is likely to replace N ul Haq in the playing XI.

Predicted Playing XI

Punjab: A Taide/S Dhawan, P Singh, M Short, L Livingstone, S Curran [C], J Sharma (WK), H Singh Bhatia, SK Khan, H Brar, R Chahar, A Singh,

Lucknow: KL Rahul, K Mayers, K Pandya, N Pooran, A Badoni, D Hooda/Q de Kock, M Stoinis, R Bishnoi, M Wood, A Mishra, A Khan

Top Picks for Fantasy Playing XI

Wicketkeeper: J Sharma

Batters: KL Rahul, P Singh, K Mayers, N Pooran,

All-rounders: S Curran [C], K Pandya,

Bowlers: M Wood, R Chahar, A Singh, R Bishnoi,

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