The second week of IPL 2023 is coming to an end and we are experiencing some surprise outcomes in the tournament. For match number 18, Punjab Kings will be hosting Gujarat Titans at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Thursday. Both teams are coming to play the game after facing a loss and they both will be motivated to get back to the winning ways.
Punjab Kings are currently in the sixth spot with a net run rate of -0.281 and two wins in three fixtures. The team is looking pretty solid at the moment and will be hoping to continue the momentum.
Defending champions Gujarat Titans have dropped down to the fourth spot in the point table with a net run rate of +0.431 with two wins in three games. However, the team looks in fantastic shape and are one of the favourites for the titles.
Punjab Kings announced their arrival in IPL 2023 with style by winning their first game against Kolkata Knight Riders. They continued their winning momentum by scoring another win over Rajasthan Royals. However, Shikhar Dhawan and his team faced a shocking defeat against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last game. The batters were unable to handle the attack from the Hyderabad bowlers.
Skipper Shikhar Dhawan will have the best men for the home fixture on Thursday.
Predicted Lineup: Arshdeep Singh, Mohit Rathee, Nathan Ellis, Matthew Short, Prabhsimran Singh, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Jitesh Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rahul Chahar, Sam Curran
The winning streak of Gujarat Titans was broken in the last game against Kolkata Knight Riders in an unexpected way which also made the news headlines the next day. However, the team looks in great shape and the players are doing their job well. Skipper Hardik Pandya will be coming back to action after taking a rest in the last game.
Skipper Hardik Pandya will be leading the team again as he was absent from the last game.
Predicted Lineup: Hardik Pandya (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Mohammed Shami, Joshua Little, Yash Dayal, Alzarri Joseph
Both teams are evenly matched. They both have good depth in their batting but the only difference is the weak bowling of the Punjab Kings. The magic of Sam Curran is missing and the team is dependent on Arshdeep Sing mostly. We predict a win for Gujarat Titans on Thursday.