Indian Premier League 2023: Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans – 18th Match Preview and Updates

Following an exciting game against the Kolkata Knight Riders, the Gujarat Titans will travel to Punjab to face the Punjab Kings. The 18th game of the IPL 2023 will be played on April 13th at 7:30 p.m. at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium. Both teams have four points after winning two of their three games. However, their recent losses have served as a mirror to both teams on an individual level.

The Punjab Kings faced the Sunrisers Hyderabad. The PBKS batting lineup collapsed at regular intervals while batting first. Shikhar Dhawan was the lone warrior, scoring an unbeaten 99 to help PBKS reach 143 for the loss of nine wickets. The PBKS pacers put some early pressure on the struggling SRH, limiting them to 45 for the loss of two wickets in nine overs. However, Rahul Tripathi (74*) and Aiden Markram (37*) put on a 100-run partnership to hand PBKS their first loss by 8 wickets. Arshdeep Singh and Rahul Chahar each took one wicket.

Gujarat Titans competed in the IPL against KKR. Gujarat Titans scored 204 runs while batting first. Sai Sudarshan (53) scored first, followed by Vijay Shankar (63 off 24 deliveries). The GT bowlers dispatched the openers in the first four overs. KKR, however, was kept in the game by Venkatesh Iyer (83) and Nitish Rana (45). Rashid Khan scored a hat-trick at an important time. With 28 runs needed in the final five balls, KKR batter Rinku Singh hit five sixes in a row to take the game away from the Titans. After winning the first two games, this was GT’s first loss.

In the most recent IPL, both themes won one game against each other. In the first game, GT chased down a 190-run target with six wickets in hand. Shubman Gill’s 96 runs were preceded by Rahul Tewatia’s last two ball sixes. Punjab Kings avenged themselves in the rematch by chasing 144 runs in just 16 overs. For his four wickets, Kagiso Rabada was named man of the match.

The 18th Match between Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans will take place on April 13th, 2023 at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.

Match Details to Note

Match: Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans, 18th Match, Indian Premier League 2023

Date: April 13, 2023 (Thursday)                                                   

Time: 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali

Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans

Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans

Punjab Kings (Match Odds – 2.10):


Shikhar Dhawan, the captain, must be irritated by the batting unit’s lack of support in the game against SRH. Except for him and Sam Curran, no other batter reached double figures. Against GT, few changes are expected. Dhawan, the orange cap holder, has 225 runs in three games at a strike rate of 149.01. He has only been out once while scoring two half-centuries in three innings. Shikhar has 97 runs in two games against GT. From the PBKS camp, he will be the batter to watch. Prabhsimran has a strike rate of 176.59 percent. Dhawan will be looking for his opening partner to convert his innings against the Rajasthan Royals into a big one. Due to an injury, PBKS is without Bhanuka Rajpaksa. Matthew Short, who took over for Rajpaksa, will remain at number three.

Punjab Kings’ middle order will be led by Jitesh Sharma, Sam Curran, and Sikandar Raza. Sharma was the PBKS’s standout performer last season. However, the wicketkeeper is struggling to find his rhythm. He has 52 runs in three games with a strike rate of 144.44. Curran, the IPL’s most expensive acquisition, has yet to produce for Punjab Kings. In three games, the all-rounder has scored 49 runs and taken just one wicket in 10 overs. Hopefully, he’ll demonstrate his x factor against GT.

The PBKS bowling attack will be led by Arshdeep Singh. So far, the Indian international has 6 wickets at an economy of 8.60. He’ll be paired with Nathan Ellis, who has wowed everyone with 5 wickets. PBKS has preferred spinners Rahul Chahar and Harpreet Brar. However, Chahar has only taken two wickets, while Brar has yet to make an appearance. Overall, the PBKS is reliant on their batting unit to produce big results. After missing the first three games, Kagiso Rabada will rejoin the team. Rabada has six wickets in two games against GT.

Full Squad:

Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shahrukh Khan, Matt Short, Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Raj Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Atharva Taide, Arshdeep Singh, Baltej Singh, Nathan Ellis, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Harpreet Bhatia, Vidwath Kaverappa, Mohit Rathee, Shivam Singh

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Players to watch out for:

Shikhar Dhawan

The captain hit 12 fours and five sixes in his innings, accounting for 69% of his team’s total on Sunday. He’s been in great shape this season.

Kagiso Rabada

The South African right-arm pace bowler, who has a strike rate of 14.42 in the IPL, is expected to make his first appearance of the season in this game.

Arshdeep Singh

The left-arm opening bowler has taken wickets consistently across all formats. In the loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad, he dismissed the dangerous Harry Brook.

Possible Playing XI:

Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prabhsimran Singh, Matthew Short, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, Nathan Ellis, Mohit Rathee, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh

Gujarat Titans (Match Odds – 1.82):


GT finally lost after dominating the run chase in the first two games. But it was a once-in-a-decade game. Hardik Pandya did not play in the third game against KKR. He’ll be back to take over as captain. GT will kick things off with Saha and Gill. Gill has been steadily improving in this format. This season, the opener has 116 runs scored at a strike rate of 145. Unfortunately, Saha is unable to provide the start GT requires.

GT has used impact subs more effectively than any other team in the IPL. As impact Subs, Sai Sudarshan and Vajay Shankar have produced results for GT. Sudarshan is GT’s leading run-scorer. He has 137 runs at a strike rate of 133 and two half-centuries. Vijay Shankar, on the other hand, scored an impressive 63* off 24 deliveries, hitting 5 sixes. Hardik Pandya’s return may hurt his chances, but he will be used as an impact sub in upcoming games.

GT’s bowling attack will be led by Rashid Khan. Rashid took a hat-trick against KKR and now has 8 wickets in three games. It was agony to watch GT lose to KKR after Rashid’s hat trick. GT has used only six bowlers in three games. Mohammad Shamy and Azarri Joseph, who have taken 12 wickets in three games, will pose a threat to the PBKS camp. Yash Dayal may be rested after being hit for 31 runs in the game’s final over. Darshan Nalkande can fill in for him.

Full Squad:

Hardik Pandya (c), Shubman Gill, David Miller, Abhinav Manohar, Sai Sudharsan, Wriddhiman Saha, Matthew Wade, Rashid Khan, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Yash Dayal, Pradeep Sangwan, Darshan Nalkande, Jayant Yadav, R Sai Kishore, Noor Ahmad, Kane Williamson, Odean Smith, KS Bharat, Shivam Mavi, Urvil Patel, Josh Little, Mohit Sharma

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Players to watch out for:

Shubman Gill

The right-handed opener started the tournament with 63 runs against Chennai Super Kings and has scored more than 100 runs in IPL 2023.

Sai Sudharsan

The 21-year-old left-handed batter enters this game looking for his third half-century of the tournament.

Rashid Khan

The Afghan leg-spinner took a hat-trick against the Kolkata Knight Riders and almost won the game for his team.

Possible Playing XI:

Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shubman Gill, Sai Sudharsan, Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Abhinav Manohar, Rashid Khan (c), Mohammed Shami, Alzarri Joseph, Darshan Nalkande

Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans Head to Head

In the 2022 IPL, the Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans met once. Let’s see who takes the initiative during their third meeting.

Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans Head to Head Stats in IPL

  Matches Played PBKS Won GT Won Tie NR
Overall 2 1 1 0 0

Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans Toss Prediction

In 9 T20Is, the team batting first has won 5 times, while the team batting second has won 4 times. However, the IPL has produced entirely different results. The team batting second has successfully chased the target 9 times in the last 15 IPL games played here. The team that wins the coin toss should bowl first.

Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans Pitch Report

The 18th T20 of the IPL 2023 will be played on April 13th at 7:30 p.m. at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium. The stadium has a capacity of 30000 spectators and has previously hosted 14 Tests, 25 ODIs, and 9 T20Is. India has scored 211 runs (the highest total) against Sri Lanka in this match.

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The sky will be clear and sunny. The temperature will range between 21 and 36 degrees Fahrenheit. The wind will be blowing at 10-30 km/h from the west. The stadium is known for providing a fair balance of bat and ball. The pitch is generally good for batting early in a match, but as the game progresses, it favors spin bowlers more.

Overall, the IS Bindra Stadium pitch is regarded as one of the best in India, and it has hosted numerous high-scoring and exciting matches over the years.

Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans Prediction

Despite winning two games each, GT has demonstrated dominance. PBKS’ victories have been close. A 7-run victory and a 5-run victory won’t bother GT much. With skipper Hardik Pandya back, GT has a good chance of beating PBKS. Shubman Gill and Sai Sudarshan have a strong track record against PBKS and are in excellent form. Rabada, on the other hand, will be welcomed by PBKS. The game will be exciting. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Gujarat Titans is the favourite to beat Punjab Kings at the odds of 1.82.

Punjab Kings vs Gujarat Titans Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Hardik Pandya, the Gujarat Titans’ all-rounder, did not play against the Kolkata Knight Riders. He was sick, but he should be well enough to return to the captaincy here. Pandya is needed by the Gujarat Titans to balance the XI with bat and ball – and, of course, to bring plenty of experience to the unit.

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