Match 42- PUN vs LUC Preview and Fantasy Prediction
Ind T20 League 2022
Match 42: PUN vs LUC
Two of the most exciting units of the tournament-Punjab and Lucknow will face each other in match 42 of the Ind T20 League 2022 at the Maharashtra Cricket Stadium on Friday. With 8 points in 8 games Mayank and co are positioned at sixth in the league standings. They showed great composure in their previous win against Chennai. They would be eager to carry the momentum in this game. Lucknow on the other hand defeated Mumbai in their last game to secure the fourth spot in the points table. Skipper Rahul notched his fourth Ind T20 league century to power his team home.
Things are looking bright for Mayank Agarwal and his men. They have a well rounded squad with players ready to take on any challenge. In the bowling department they have the likes of Rabada, Arshdeep, Chahar and Sandeep. The addition of Rishi has further bolstered the potent bowling attack. Batting prowess will be led by Shikhar Dhawan who is heading into this game after a match winning knock against the reigning champions. Livingstone, Rajapaksa and Bairstow will be the other batters to watch out for. The form of Mayank will however be a huge concern for the Kings. He has hardly fired in the tournament and will thus be keen to come good in this game.
Lucknow are the team to beat this season. They are playing some good cricket at the moment with their captain leading from the front. KL has been in some form this season. He has amassed 348 runs at a healthy strike rate of 147. He has enjoyed good support from Dekock at the other end. The South African international has played well in patches but hasn’t been consistent. Badoni, Hooda and Pandya have all made valuable contributions with bat in hand. Manish Pandey is the only batter who is not amongst the runs. Chameera, Holder and Bishnoi have been impressive with the ball. Bishnoi in particular has been instrumental in Lucknow’s success. He has picked wickets at crucial junctures and kept the opposition batters in check. Ahead of this enthralling tie let us have a look at how these two sides will fare out in the clash.
Match: PUN vs LUC, 42nd Match, Indian T20 League 2022
Date: Friday, April 29, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune
The pitch at the MCA Stadium in Pune is helpful for the bowlers if they bowl the required line and length and at the same time, batters can also utilise the bounce in the wicket to the best of their abilities to try and score as many runs as possible.
PUN vs LUC Squads
PUN: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh, Odean Smith, Benny Howell, Baltej Singh, Writtick Chatterjee, Prerak Mankad, Ishan Porel, Atharva Taide, Prabhsimran Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ansh Patel, Raj Bawa, Nathan Ellis, Shahrukh Khan, Vaibhav Arora
LUC: Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Manish Pandey, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohsin Khan, Manan Vohra, Kyle Mayers, Evin Lewis, Ankit Rajpoot, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shahbaz Nadeem, Andrew Tye, Karan Sharma, Mayank Yadav, Avesh Khan
PUN vs LUC Probable Playing XIs
PUN: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh
LUC: Quinton de Kock (wk), KL Rahul (c), Manish Pandey/Manan Vohra, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, Ayush Badoni, Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Dushmantha Chameera, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohsin Khan
Lucknow will be favourites to win this contest and taking the current form into consideration we cannot question that. Punjab will put up a good fight but Lucknow will just edge past their opponents.
Top Fantasy Picks
Shikhar Dhawan is in good touch. He scored a match-defining knock in the last game against Chennai and we expect more of the same from the dashing southpaw.
Liam Livingstone is someone who can single handedly change the game. Regarded as one of the most dominant T20 superstars, the English international is the one to watch out for.
KL Rahul is a must pick for this game. The Lucknow skipper is in supreme touch and we fancy him to continue his dream run with bat in hand.
Ravi Bishnoi can trouble the Punjab batters with his fine art of deception and subtle variations. The leggie can fetch you good points.
Risky Captaincy Choice
Arshdeep Singh has been Punjab’s consistent performer. He bowled a match winning spell in the last game and you can take a gamble by appointing him as the captain of your fantasy team.
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