Match 60- BAN vs PUN Preview and Fantasy Prediction
Ind T20 League 2022
Match 60- BAN vs PUN
After a convincing win in their last tie Bangalore will look to carry the winning momentum and consolidate their position in the top four. Punjab on the other hand find themselves at a precarious place. Currently positioned at seventh, Mayank Agarwal and co cannot afford to slip further. They must win to stay in the play off race. Both teams will square off at the Brabourne Stadium on Thursday in match number 60 of the Indian T20 League.
As we are heading towards the business end of the tournament, things are getting interesting. The top four battle is getting fierce with every match. Bangalore will have this on their back of the mind and will try to give it all. While they did manage to overpower Hyderabad in their last fixture, they still need to fill in a few gaping holes. Virat Kohli’s miserable form is one of those issues. The star batsman has struggled to find his feet in the tournament and is yet to make a considerable impact in a game. His opening partner and skipper Faf Du Plessis found some form in the recent encounter which is a good sign for the team. Batting department looks a little thin despite having the likes of Kohli and Faf. Dinesh Kartik has been a revelation at the lower order and he is someone Punjab bowlers need to be wary of. Josh Hazlewood will shoulder the bowling responsibility which also has Wanindu Hasaranaga and Harshal Patel. With 2 wins on the trot Bangalore will be heading into this game with a lot of confidence.
Punjab need to win this one in order to keep their playoff chances alive. A dismal bowling performance against Rajasthan resulted in a loss in their last game. Their batting looks potent with Bairstow, Dhawan and Livingstone in the mix. In the bowling department they lack the services of a quality spinner. With just a solitary spinner in the form of Rahul Chahar, Punjab have clearly struggled. Chahar hasn’t found his rhythm this season. Pace bowling looks decent with Rabada leading the attack. Ahead of this do or die game, Punjab must address their bowling concerns.
Match: BAN vs PUN, 60th Match, Indian T20 League 2022
Date: Friday, May 13, 2022
Time: 7:30 PM
Venue: Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
Brabourne will offer a batting friendly pitch and 180 will be a good score here. Batting first will be ideal as the pitch can get slower towards the end of the match. Expect a healthy competition.
BAN vs PUN Squads
BAN: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood, Suyash Prabhudessai, Anuj Rawat, Akash Deep, David Willey, Karn Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Jason Behrendorff, Chama V Milind, Finn Allen, Sherfane Rutherford, Aneeshwar Gautam
PUN: Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal (c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Odean Smith, Shahrukh Khan, Ishan Porel, Harpreet Brar, Prabhsimran Singh, Nathan Ellis, Vaibhav Arora, Benny Howell, Baltej Singh, Writtick Chatterjee, Prerak Mankad, Atharva Taide, Ansh Patel, Raj Bawa
BAN vs PUN Probable Playing XIs
BAN: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, Mahipal Lomror, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood
PUN: Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal (c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma
Faf Du Plessis and co are in red hot form at the moment. We predict them to extend their winning streak three games
Top Fantasy Picks
Wanindu Hasaranga has picked 21 wickets in 12 games at an impressive average of 15.33. The Sri Lankan international can also be a very handy batsman down the order.
Dinesh Kartik is having a dream season with bat in hand. The elegant wicket keeper batsman scores runs at a brisk pace and can be very destructive in the slog overs.
Shikhar Dhawan has shown signs of promise in the last few innings. We fancy the southpaw to do well in this game
Kagiso Rabada is Punjab’s go-to bowler in all situations. He has the ability to pick up wickets with both the new ball and the old kookaburra.
Risky Captaincy Choice
Virat Kohli is our pick for this segment. The champion batsman has had a quiet tournament so far but we very well know how easily he can turn things around with just one good knock.
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