PBKS Playing 11: Punjab Kings would be gutted after their terrible bowling performance against Gujarat Titans in the previous game of IPL 2022. They lost the game from nowhere mainly due to their overseas pace duo of Kagiso Ragada and Odean Smith. Odean Smith couldn’t defend 12 runs off 2 balls, and this is as bad as it could get. Their batting looks alright at the moment but it is their bowling which is pathetic.
Punjab Kings have all their overseas players available for this game and from here on as well. There are high chances that they may consider bringing in Benny Howell for Odean Smith who is an experienced T20 veteran from Hampshire. He has plenty of variations under his sleeves and one of the pioneers when it comes to bowling off cutters, leg cutters, knuckle balls in T20s. He is also a decent hitter lower down the order.
With the fire power of Jonny Bairstow at the top of the order, they can certainly go for Benny Howell, who may not be a fierce six hitter like Odean Smith but provides much better control than Odean Smith with the ball.
Rahul Chahar has taken 7 wickets in this season and has an overall economy rate of 6.3 which is very good, but he is going at 7.5 runs per over against the left hand batters which is an area of concern. He had his fare share of struggles against LHBs in the previous seasons as well and it is sad to see that the problem is persisting in this season as well. With MI having 2 excellent LHBs in Ishan Kishan and Tilak Varma, it’s going to be a tough challenge for Rahul Chahar in this game.
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