We have opted for a fantasy cricket team based on the recent performances, overall impact, and credit points.
Pitch Report for Gujarat vs Punjab Match at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy
In the last three games, the average first and second innings scores at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy read 156 and 155 respectively. The pacers have sniped up 34 of 42 wickets.
Probable Playing XIs for Gujarat & Punjab Teams
Probable XI for Gujarat: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Sai Sudharsan, Hardik Pandya (c), David Miller*, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan*, Pradeep Sangwan, Alzarri Joseph*, Lockie Ferguson*, Mohammed Shami
Probable XI for Punjab: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa*, Jonny Bairstow*, Liam Livingstone*, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada*, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh
Power Players for Gujarat vs Punjab Match
Hardik Pandya scored a single-digit for the first time in eight innings, in Gujarat’s previous game against Bangalore. He otherwise has been phenomenal. With 308 runs at a strike rate of 136, he is the fourth-highest run-scorer of the season. Note that he hasn’t bowled in the last three innings, that is, since his return from an injury.
In his last five games, Shikhar Dhawan has scored two match-winning fifties. The remaining three scores, however, are 5, 9, and 8. With Mayank Agarwal struggling with consistency at the other end, the onus of providing a brisk start falls on Dhawan, and in the process, he loses his wicket early. That being said, he still remains a power player in fantasy sports. He hasn’t averaged below 35 since 2016.
Smart Picks for Gujarat vs Punjab Match
Picking bowlers from Punjab isn’t quite a task in fantasy cricket. While Kagiso Rabada does the damage in the powerplay and at the death, Rahul Chahar puts the batters on the back foot with his wrist-spin in the middle overs. Between them, they have managed 25 wickets.
Rahul Tewatia won the Player of the Match award against Bangalore, scoring 43* off 25 in a difficult run chase. He has been involved in four last-over chases. He is a must pick especially in the second innings.
With 14 wickets in 9 games, Mohammad Shami is the highest wicket-taker for Gujarat. In his previous match at the venue, he managed fantastic figures of 2 for 20.
Rashid Khan’s best bowling figures (3 for 22) came against Punjab. In addition, he has maintained an economy of 6.3 at the venue and taken three wickets. With the bat too, he has provided vital fantasy points. His highest scores read 40 and 31* – both came in a successful run chase.
Wriddhiman Saha’s last three scores read 25, 68, and 29, laying strong foundations for the middle order to exploit.
Be it continuing the momentum, rescuing the team from early jitters, or scaling up the run rate at the death, David Miller has been doing it all. He has scored 276 runs at a strike rate of 151.
Lockie Ferguson’s four of 10 wickets have come at the venue. However, his recent form has been ordinary. He has managed only two wickets in the last four games.
Shubman Gill has crossed 30 runs only once in the last six innings. At the venue, he has scores of 7, 13, and 7.
Gujarat vs Punjab Match Preview
Gujarat, the table-toppers, are on a five-match winning streak. On the other hand, Punjab have been blowing hot and cold, emerging victorious twice in the last five games.
The biggest chink in Punjab’s armour is their middle order, which has been the exact opposite for Gujarat. Their middle and lower orders have been snatching triumphs from the jaws of defeats.
Given the recent stats at the venue, the fast bowlers will be in the thick of things. For that matter, Gujarat’s pace battery has been impressive.
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Time: May 3, 7:30 PM