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When Gujarat Titans take on Punjab Kings in the IPL on Friday, Punjab’s aggressive batsmen will be tested in fine form against their bowlers. Looking at the composition and balance of the team, there is a big difference between Gujarat and Punjab. The match to be played in Brabourne could result in a lot of runs. Punjab set the direction of the innings by batting aggressively during the powerplay overs of their first three matches. The match, starting at 7:30 pm on Friday, will see an interesting encounter between explosive batsman Liam Livingstone and New Zealand’s legendary fast bowler Lockie Ferguson. With his pace and extra bounce, Ferguson put Delhi’s Mandeep Singh in trouble. Livingstone scored 60 runs in 32 balls, which broke the average of the Chennai bowlers.

Strong bowling lineup of Gujarat

The quick pairing of Mohammed Shami and Ferguson has been the most successful in the first two weeks of the 15th season of the IPL. Punjab head coach Anil Kumble will have to come up with a definite strategy to keep the team under control in the powerplays. The Gujarat captain is bowling with full rhythm and his ball speed is reaching 140. With the presence of Rashid Khan, Gujarat’s bowling is getting stronger. Batting is becoming the weak link for Gujarat. Except Shubman Gill and Pandya, no one is scoring runs.

punjab batsmen test

Shikhar Dhawan and captain Mayank Agarwal did not perform as expected for Punjab. Shah Rukh Khan and Odin Smith can hit Muktam in the last over. The Punjab batsmen will have to score more runs in the overs of Rahul Teotia and Varun Aaron, who have become a weak link in Gujarat’s bowling attack. For Gujarat, all-rounders Vijay Shankar and Matthew Wade will have to contribute significantly to the team’s victory by playing big innings. Punjab Bass has two match-winning bowlers in Kagiso Rabada and leg-spinner Rahul Chahar.

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