PBKS Playing 11: Punjab Kings must be brimming with confidence after a spectacular 8 wickets win over the table-toppers Gujarat Titans in their previous fixture. They will now take on the Rajasthan Royals in the first game of the Saturday doubleheader at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Punjab Kings went for a different batting lineup against GT as they promoted Jinny Bairstow up the order to open the innings with Shikhar Dhawan. However, the move didn’t reap dividends as Bairstow got dismissed for just a solitary run from 6 deliveries. will they stick to that plan again or will Mayank Agarwal get back to the opening slot? Well, we will have to wait and see.
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Jonny Bairstow is nowhere near the runs. Mayank Agarwal sacrificed his opening slot for Jonny Bairstow in the last game, but the Englishmen failed to make the most of the opportunity. His place in the eleven is definitely under the scanner but it remains interesting to be seen how much backing will he get from the management.
Should Mayank Agarwal open the innings again? As discussed above, skipper Mayank Agarwal sacrificed his opening slot for Jonny Bairstow in the last game. Whether he will open in this match or not still remains an unanswered question.
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After a prolific win in the last game, no changes in the playing 11 of Punjab Kings are expected in this match. However, Rahul Chahar who got injured during the match against GT remains a doubtful starter. There’s no robust news on his injury, but if he doesn’t feature, Harpreet Brar or Writtick Chatterjee might feature in the eleven as the premier spinner.
Rahul Chahar/Harpreet Brar/Writtick Chatterjee
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