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.