The GT vs PBKS IPL 2024 match will be played at the Narendra Modi Stadium on April 4, Thursday. The match starts at 7.30 pm IST and is already the third game for the Gujarat Titans at home. Heading into this game, Gujarat Titans are fourth on the points table while Punjab Kings are eighth. The Kings are on a two-match losing streak losing against RCB and LSG. 

Team Analysis

Gujarat Titans 

The Titans won their previous match against Sunrisers Hyderabad chasing down 163 to win. Sai Sudharsan and David Miller anchored the chase. The match was set up by the bowlers led by Mohit Sharma who took three wickets. The likes of Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Azmatullah Omarzai, and Umesh Yadav also chipped in with wickets.

The GT bowling attack has a lot of variety and options which is the real strength of the attack. They would ideally want Shubman Gill to hit form soon. He has averaged just 25 in the first three games. 

Punjab Kings

The Kings won their season opener against Delhi Capitals. They then lost back-to-back games against RCB and LSG. Very early in the tournament, the weakness of the team has been exposed. The batting lineup looks to be dependent on Shikhar Dhawan. He has scored 137 runs in the season so far at an average of 45. The rest of the batters have not hit form as yet. 

The bowling lineup looks good but they are yet to hit form as well. Kagiso Rabada, Sam Curran, and Arshdeep Singh have four wickets each and Harpreet Brar has three. Harshal Patel has not mastered his death bowling skills as yet and Brar has not been backed up by Rahul Chahar. 

Key Factors 

The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium has been on the slower side. The team batting first has not been able to score more than 170. The Titans themselves scored 168 in the first game and chased down 163 in the last game. The pitch is expected to remain much the same for this GT vs PBKS contest. 

Form and Fitness 

There are concerns with Liam Livingstone for Punjab Kings. He struggled to run in the previous game with a hamstring injury. It will be interesting to see whether he plays against the Titans. There are no injury concerns with the Titans. 

Form-wide, Shubman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan are both finding form. The Punjab pace attack is searching for form along with Rahul Chahar. The GT bowling attack is in decent form as a whole. 

Tactical Acumen

Gujarat Titans have won a game chasing and defending at this venue. With the bat and ball, they have the necessary experience and players to do their role perfectly. Punjab Kings skipper Shikhar Dhawan needs to identify the strength of the team heading into this almost must-win clash. 

Score Prediction

Team 1st Innings 2nd Innings
Gujarat Titans 160-180 140-160
Punjab Kings 140-160 150-160

Recent Venue Records (Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad)

IPL Matches Played 29

Matches Won Batting First 14 

Matches Won Batting Second 15

Matches Won Winning Toss 13 

Matches Won Losing Toss 16 

Matches with No Result 0 

Average 1st Inns scores 160

Average 2nd Inns scores 137

Who Will Score Most Runs For PBKS: Shikhar Dhawan / Sam Curran 

Who Will Take Most Wickets For PBKS: Arshdeep Singh / Harpreet Brar

Who Will Score Most Runs For GT: Shubman Gill / David Miller 

Who Will Take Most Wickets For GT: Mohit Sharma / Rashid Khan

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The two teams have played three games overall, with the Titans winning two and Punjab Kings one. This game is at the home ground of the Titans and thus they have an advantage heading into the contest. 

Conclusion 

The Titans won the only game played between the two teams last year. Overall, they lead the head-to-head count 2-1. Punjab Kings after back-to-back losses, find themselves in a must-win situation in this game.

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