IPL Match 48 - Punjab Kings Vs Gujarat Titans

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The 48th match of the 2022 edition of the IPL is between  Punjab Kings and newbies Gujarat Titans, who have also impressed so far. Both these teams have had mixed seasons and would like to improve their current form. Let’s preview this match from a betting perspective with odds provided by Betway.

Betting Pick Betting Odds  @Betway 
Gujarat Titans to win.  1.75
Punjab Kings to hit the most sixes 1.83
Punjab Kings to have the Highest Opening Partnership 1.80
Rashid Khan to be GT’s top bowler 3.25

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Team News And Tournament So Far

Punjab Kings

Jonny Bairstow, the explosive wicket-keeper batsman, has finished his necessary quarantine period and will be eligible for this match against the Gujarat Titans. Bairstow has hammered 1038 runs at a remarkable strike rate of 142.19 in his brief IPL stint. The English cricketer has seven fifties and one century in the IPL. Nathan Ellis, the Punjab Kings' right-arm pacer, is currently unavailable due to his participation in Australia's ongoing tour of Pakistan in 2022.

Bairstow may replace Liam Livingstone in the Punjab Kings starting XI following Bhanuka Rajapaksa's outstanding performance in Punjab's first two games. Raj Bawa is expected to make place for Rishi Dhawan in the PBKS starting XI for their third match of the season following two poor performances.

Punjab Kings Probable Playing XI : Mayank Agarwal(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Johnny Bairstow, Bhanuka Rajapaksa(wk), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Rishi Dhawan, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar.


Gujarat Titans

The Gujarat Titans, the other new IPL 2022 team, have also done well to build a formidable squad. The most notable acquisition for the Gujarat franchise for their first IPL season was Afghanistan leg spinner Rashid Khan, arguably the best T20I bowler in the world, who has left Sunrisers Hyderabad to spearhead the Titans’ bowling attack, which also includes Indian pacer Mohammed Shami and Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson.

In contrast, England's white-ball specialist opener Jason Roy's departure from the IPL 2022 prompted the Gujarat Titans to sign another Afghanistan star, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, as his replacement, while all-rounders Hardik Pandya, Vijay Shankar, and Rahul Tewatia give balance to the side.

In Gujarat Titan’s first match against Lucknow Super Giants, veteran pacer Mohammed Shami (3/25) bowled a blazing opening spell that knocked the wind out of the Lucknow Super Giants' top order before Deepak Hooda (55 off 41 balls) and Ayush Badoni (54 off 41 balls) hit fifties to help Lucknow score 158 for six.

The Gujarat Titans were then led over the line by skipper Hardik Pandya (33), all-rounder Rahul Tewatia (40 not out), Matthew Wade (30), and David Miller (30), for a stunning victory in their first ever IPL match. Though they lost their second match, GT bounced back brilliantly to defeat the Delhi Capitals in their third match. 

Gujarat Titans probable playing XI : Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Vijay Shankar, Abhinav Manohar, Hardik Pandya (capt), David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Varun Aaron, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami

Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction

To Win The Match

The Gujarat Titans have odds of 1.75 to win this match, which could be quite tempting as they looked really solid in their first half of the season. They would be looking to add another win. The Punjab Kings have odds of 2.10 to win this match, which could be quite tempting as they looked really solid in their first 3 games as well.

Top Team Batsman

Punjab Kings have a brilliant opening pair and both of them are the favourites to be their top scorers, with Shikhar Dhawan having odds of 3.00 and Mayank Agarwal’s odds being 3.60. 

The Gujarat Titans have many solid batsmen up the order as well, with Shubhman Gill the favourite to be the top scorer at 3.25 after his stunning innings in the previous match, followed by fellow opener Mathew Wade at 4.00. 

Highest Opening Partnership

Punjab Kings are favourites at 1.80 to have the highest opening partnership as Mayank and Dhawan are an incredibly prolific pairing, and both are expected to continue giving PBKS some solid starts throughout the season, while Gujarat Titans have Mathew Wade and Shubhman Gill as their openers, who struggled in the first game. They have odds of 1.90. 

Top Team Bowler

Rashid Khan is the clear favourite from GT to be their top bowler with odds of 3.20, while Lockie Ferguson had a great outing in the previous match and has odds of 3.75.

Kagiso Rabada is finally back after making his debut for PBKS and he is instantly the favourite to be their top bowler at 3.50, followed by Arshdeep Singh at 3.75. 

Total Runs In The Match

Odds of there being more than 339.5 runs in this match are 1.83, as per Betway. This seems highly achievable as both these teams have some brilliant batsmen and have scored plenty of runs this season.

Individual Player Betting

  • Mathew Wade to score more than 23.5 runs also has odds of 1.83, which can be a smart bet as he is a consistent opener. Shikhar Dhawan to score more than 24.5 runs has odds of 1.87 , which is a tempting bet as he would like to continue with another solid innings.
  • Punjab Kings to hit the most sixes has odds of 1.83, which depends on Dhawan, Odean Smith and Rajapaksa. Johnny Bairstow may have a say in that bet as well. While GT have players like Wade and Hardik Pandya who can hit big, and have odds of 1.93. 
  • Rashid Khan to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.20, while Kagiso Rabada to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.00.  

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Akshay Malhotra

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