Gujarat Titans vs Punjab Kings — Sixth Straight Win on Offer for League Leaders

May 2, 2022
Zohaib Ahmed

Indian Premier League 2022
Match 48
Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai

Gujarat Titans Gujarat Titans
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Punjab Kings Punjab Kings

The scariest and most in-form team in the league at the moment, Gujarat Titans, sit pretty atop the Indian Premier League table, boasting two points more than second-placed Lucknow Super Giants. They can turn that two-point cushion into a four-point gap when they take on Punjab Kings at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, Mumbai on May 3 (Tuesday). The match is to begin at 7:30pm IST.

Teams Status

Gujarat Titans

Gujarat Titans have now won five straight matches. Their last defeat, their only of their debut tournament so far, came on April 11 when they were beaten by Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Titans’ USP has been their incredible hitting late in their innings with the game on the line. On multiple occasions now, they have found their clutch time saviors. It also means that while they have lost just once all season, quite a few of their wins have been close. Thus, while Lady Luck smiles on them often, they are not invincible by any means.

Shubman Gill’s form has been poor of late while they also don’t know who their best option for one-down spot is.

Good news is that their incredible form means they are just a win or two away from a playoff berth. After that, they can do all the experiments they want to further close in on their best playing eleven.

Punjab Kings

Punjab Kings have won just one of their last four matches and camped low in the points table, with there being no guarantees that their slide would stop at their current seventh spot.

They’ve taken a few too many risks than they could afford and it reflects in their position.

In their last game, they lost to Lucknow Super Giants but really should have won, especially considering they had to chase a modest target of 154. Effort of their pacer Kagiso Rabada (four-for) went in vain as Punjab batters returned another disjointed effort.

Several of their batters are underperforming but none more so than Jonny Bairstow, whose highest is 32, which came in the last game but it took him 28 balls to get there. Perhaps, it’s time to reinstate Odean Smith and give the Englishman a stint on the bench.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

Brand Gujarat Titans Punjab Kings
PariMatch 1.79 2.0
PariPesa 1.86 2.068 1.80 2.02
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Gujarat are on the top of the league while Punjab are languishing low so it’s only fair that the former are the favourites for this IPL fixture. Parimatch has Gujarat priced at 1.79 and Punjab at 2.0. Paripesa has Gujarat available for 1.86 and Punjab for 2.068. Lastly, Sportsbet has Gujarat priced at 1.80 and Punjab at 2.02.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Shikhar Dhawan to score Under 26.5 runs @ 1.87

Shikhar Dhawan has developed a habit lately that sees him either score big or not at all. There is no middle ground whatsoever. He has an unbeaten 88 and a 70 in his last five innings, while the other three in this run have been single-digit contributions. He also has a weakness against spin, especially against Rashid Khan, who has dismissed him four times in 44 balls. We think that if the Afghan spin ace is deployed earlier, there could be early curtains for Dhawan yet again. The odds for this play have been sourced from Parimatch.

Tip: Gujarat Titans to win @ 1.86

Granted that Gujarat have been fortunate so far this season and perhaps owe it to beginner’s luck but they are the genuinely better of the two sides, eve if the gap may have been amplified slightly due to the luck factor. With that in mind, if Gujarat were big favourites for this fixture, we’d have steered clear but Gujarat are available at odds of 1.86 (Paripesa). It certainly warrants a punt at this price.


The last time these two met, Rahul Tewatia had to dig as deep as he or anyone else could by hitting sixes off both of the final two balls to get the job done. Like that game, this one can also be close but we see Gujarat having the edge.

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