Punjab Kings vs Lucknow Super Giants: Punjab Kings face in-form Lucknow Super Giants

April 29, 2022
Zohaib Ahmed

English Premier League 2021/2022
Matchday 42
Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Mumbai

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Lucknow Super Giants Lucknow Super Giants

Punjab Kings will face Lucknow Super Giants in match 42 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on Friday.  The match will begin at 07:30 PM IST.

The game is a historic one as it will be the first time when both teams will faceoff in the history of the competition.

Teams Status

Punjab Kings Form and Team News

Punjab Kings will enter the contest against the Lucknow Super Giants as slight underdogs, despite winning their previous match against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 11 runs.

The reason is that was their only second win in the last five matches in the competition which is why they now have just eight points after eight matches played.

The management would be hoping that the players will be able to keep their winning run going in the matches to come.

The reason for the Kings’ rather disappointing show in the 2022 campaign is because of their overreliance on a few players.

In the batting department, top-order batters Shikhar Dhawan and England’s Liam Livingstone have scored 43% of the total runs for the franchise.

The veteran left-hander is leading the runs chart with 302 runs at an average of 43.14 with the strike-rate of 132.45 with the help of two fifties.

Livingstone, on the other hand, has scored 245 runs at an average of 30.62 with a blistering strike-rate of 187.02, which included three half-centuries.

Similarly in the bowling department, two bowlers — leg-spinner Rahul Chahar and pacer Kagiso Rabada — have claimed 53% of the wickets.

The right-arm leggie is leading the wickets chart with 10 scalps whereas South Africa’s right-arm fast-bowler has nine wickets to his name.

Lucknow Super Giants Form and Team News

Lucknow Super Giants will enter the contest against the Punjab Kings as slight favourites, largely because of their standing on the points table where they are placed in the fourth position with 10 points after eight matches played.

In their previous outing, the newcomers defeated the struggling Mumbai Indians side comfortably by 36 runs and the management would be hoping for a similar kind of show in the matches to come.

Unlike their opponents for Thursday’s fixture, the Super Giants have been performing rather decently but one of the concerns for the management would be the team’s overreliance on their captain KL Rahul in the batting department.

The right-hander is comfortably the side’s leading run-getter with 368 runs at an average of 61.33 with the help of a 147.49 strike-rate, including two centuries and a fifty.

South Africa’s veteran wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock is second on the list with 225 runs to his name at an average of 28.12 with the strike-rate of 133.13, which included two half-centuries.

In the bowling department, young right-arm pacer Avesh Khan is leading the charts with 11 wickets to his name.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

Brand Punjab Kings Draw Lucknow Super Giants
Sportsbet.io 1.83 1.98
PariPesa 1.845 2.065
22Bet 1.82 1.96
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The odds are in Lucknow’s favor, Punjab Kings will be looking to deliver a clinical performance. On the sportsbooks at Sportsbet.io, Paripesa, and 22Bet, the odds for a Lucknow Super Giants win are placed at 1.83, 1.845, and 1.82, respectively. On the other hand, 1.98, 2.065, and 1.96 are the odds for a Punjab Kings victory in the three sportsbooks above.

Tipster’s Angle

Debutant Franchise, Lucknow Super Giants, have registered five victories out of eight matches played in the Indian Premier League. Captain Lokesh Rahul will be hoping that the side can maintain their winning momentum against Punjab Kings.

On the other hand, Punjab Kings will have to play exceptional cricket to overcome Lucknow Super Giants.

Tip: Kagiso Rabada to lead the bowling charge for Punjab Kings @3.40

Pacer Kagiso Rabada has put in decent performances in the seven matches played for Punjab Kings this season. With nine wickets in seven matches, Kagiso Rabada is backed to be top bowler for Punjab Kings. These odds have been sourced from Sportsbet.io.

Tip: Lokesh Rahul to continue his rich vein of form for [email protected]

Captain Lokesh Rahul showcased excellent form for Lucknow Super Giants in the eighth matches played so far this season. Rahul is expected to score well over 30.5 runs and is tipped to be top batsman for Lucknow. These odds have been sourced from Sportsbet.io.


Both teams will be coming into the fixture feeling good about themselves after securing a win in their previous outings.

On paper and as per the current form, Lucknow Super Giants look like a more balanced and in-form side compared to Punjab Kings where there is too much dependence on a few individual players.

Therefore, the prediction is for the KL Rahul-led side to secure their sixth win in the competition.

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