The Punjab Kings have suffered two consecutive losses due to poor batting performances and will aim to improve in this department when they face the Lucknow Supergiants in their upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) match. While Punjab had a promising start to the season with two victories, they have struggled to post high scores in their last two matches. With the exception of captain Shikhar Dhawan, the team’s other batsmen have not been able to make significant contributions.
The primary reason for Punjab’s low scores has been their inability to score quickly in the middle overs. Additionally, the team has left a significant number of balls unused, as evidenced by the 56 balls they left unused in their most recent match. This is an area where the team needs to improve. While Dhawan has played impressive innings of 40, 86 not out, and 99 not out in the first three matches, the rest of the team’s batsmen have lacked consistency
In terms of batting performance, young opener Prabhsimran Singh had a good start in the first match but has struggled in subsequent matches. Matthew Short and Jitesh Sharma have also been unable to convert good starts into big scores. Despite the lackluster batting, the Punjab team has a strong bowling attack led by Arshdeep Singh, who along with England’s Sam Curran, defended a relatively low total in their previous match against the Gujarat Titans. Among the spinners, Harpreet Brar and Rahul Chahar have also performed well.
On the other hand, the Lucknow Supergiants will aim to secure a hat-trick of victories and reach the top of the points table. While skipper KL Rahul has been struggling to score runs, the other players in the team have been performing well. In their match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Krunal Pandya displayed an impressive all-round performance, while in their most recent match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, the team achieved a big target with the help of Nicholas Pooran’s 19-ball 62.
Lucknow Supergiants seem to have a well-balanced batting lineup, with opener Kyle Myers, as well as Marcus Stoinis, Nicholas Pooran, and Ayush Badoni making valuable contributions in the middle order. However, Deepak Hooda has not been able to perform up to his potential in the matches played so far. On the other hand, the team’s pace department has been well-handled by Mark Wood and Avesh Khan, while the spinners Ravi Bishnoi, Amit Mishra, and Krunal Pandya have also played their roles effectively.
Possible playing of both the Teams-XI – Playing11
Lucknow Super Giants:
KL Rahul (c), Yash Thakur, Deepak Hooda, Kyle Mayers, Krunal Pandya, Krishnappa Gautam, Quinton Dickock, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Avesh Khan, Mark Wood and Ravi Bishnoi
Punjab Kings: (PBKS Playing XI)
Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Prabhsimran Singh, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wicketkeeper), Shah Rukh Khan, Sam Karan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Ellis, Kagiso Rabada and Arshdeep Singh