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Gujarat vs Punjab Indian T20 League: First Games by Paytm fantasy cricket tips and tricks, prediction and likely XIs

Venue: DY Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai 

Time: 7:30 PM IST

Average score at venue (1st inns): 169

Win percentage while batting first: 42.86%

Pitch conditions:

  • Getting runs has been slightly tricky at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai of late, as teams have, on an average, been getting scores in the range of 150 runs batting first (last three out of four matches).
  • Both Gujarat and Punjab have mixed records at this venue. The Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat have 2 wins here from 3 matches whereas Punjab have one victory and defeat each in the two matches that they have played at the DY Patil Stadium. 
  • Fast bowlers will enjoy bowling at this venue since they have dominated with 70.06% of the wickets coming their way, while spin bowlers have been able to collect only 29.94% of the wickets.

Weather prediction

The skies will be clear and players will witness temperatures ranging between 29-31°C on Tuesday night in Navi Mumbai. The local conditions, however, will be challenging as humidity levels will be nearing 80% throughout the match hours. 

HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD (overall):

Matches played: 1

Gujarat won: 1

Punjab won: -

No result: - 

Top 3 players from Gujarat: Hardik Pandya, Rahul Tewatia, Wriddhiman Saha 

Top 3 players from Punjab: Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada

Top picks for H2H/WTA contest (top 5 players each):

Top 5 players from Gujarat: Hardik Pandya, Rahul Tewatia, Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan 

Top 5 players from Punjab: Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, Jitesh Sharma

Q & A

Fantasy tips and tricks: Should I pick more bowlers, batsmen or all-rounders?

It will be important to have a balanced team selection for fantasy cricket playing XI as both batsmen and bowlers have been able to make a strong impression in the recent matches played at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai the pitch has not favoured any specific party of late. The scores in the range of 150 have been both chaseable as well as defendable, which means that players will have to be at their best as the competition is getting increasingly intense. For that matter, having a conservative and traditional approach of carrying a long batting line-up with the team peppered with enough fast bowling options would not be a bad call for fantasy cricket. 

Fantasy tips: From which team should I pick more players in my XI? Which team is stronger?

It is a contest between two extremely unmatched teams, with Indian T20 cricket League 2022 table toppers Gujarat taking on Punjab, who are ranked 7th after recording 4 wins and 5 defeats in 9 matches so far. For that matter, Hardik Pandya’s Gujarat side as won 8 out of their 9 matches while suffering only a solitary defeat at the hands of Hyderabad long ago which came at the DY Patil Stadium. Hyderabad have found multiple match-winners along the way in the tournament so far, which has been a highlight of their stunning debut in the Indian T20 Cricket League 2022. 

MORE INFORMATION:  For Punjab, this is a desperate scenario in which they need to be better in all areas and not just carry the promise but also deliver performances. Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan have not set the stage on fire the way they can, whereas Liam Livingstone and Jonny Bairstow have not been able to pull in their weights as well in recent matches. On the other hand, formidable Gujarat have found tremendous strength in the squad that they have conjured for their maiden season, which has provided them with only 1 defeat so far in 9 matches.

PLAYERS’ FORM: Gujarat will be keen to have their captain Hardik Pandya and explosive opening batsman Shubman Gill back among runs whereas Punjab will also expect the same from their opening pair in Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan. The experienced domestic cricketer and left-arm bowler Pradeep Sangwan made an impressive debut for Gujarat in their previous match against Bangalore, whereas Punjab will be keen to have more of their players chipping in with performances than just a few. 

Changes in squad (if any): NO

LIKELY XIs:

GUJARAT: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hardik Pandya (c), Sai Sudharsan, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Pradeep Sangwan, Alzarri Joseph, Lockie Ferguson, Mohammed Shami

PUNJAB: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal (c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma

FANTASY XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Wriddhiman Saha, Shubman Gill (c), Mayank Agarwal, David Miller (vc), Rahul Tewatia, Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, Kagiso Rabada, Mohammad Shami, Arshdeep Singh.

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