RR vs PBKS: We have the two neighboring states taking on each other in the fourth match of the Indian Premier League. Yes, it’s the champions of the inaugural edition of the IPL Rajasthan Royals locking horns with Punjab Kings, formerly known as Kings XI Punjab. This encounter will take place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday.
Match Details: RR vs PBKS
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Date: 12th April 2021
Time: 07:30 PM
Preview: Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings
While Rajasthan Royals had a dismal tournament run in the last season, finishing at the bottom of the points table with six wins and eight losses from their 14 matches. Kings XI Punjab rebranded as Punjab Kings also won six of their 14 matches, and finished at the sixth position.
Nonetheless, it’s a new season, and both teams will be determined enough to make it to the playoffs this time around.
Rajasthan Royals will be hoping for the change of fortunes under the leadership of new skipper Sanju Samson. The franchise will also be having expectations from the most expensive pick of the IPL 2021 auction Chris Morris. They have a pretty balanced squad that has the ability to go the long distance.
Punjab Kings, on the other hand, will be desperately looking for a maiden championship title. The franchise spent a huge amount to acquire the services of the Australian pacer Jhye Richardson who ended as the highest wicket-taker in the BBL 2020-21. Will a new name change fortunes for Punjab this time around?
With both sides looking to pick up a win from this match and get some momentum in the early stage of the tournament, an enthralling game awaits at the Wankhede Stadium.
The skies will stay clear with zero chances of rain interruptions for the entire duration of the game. The temperature will hover around 30 degrees Celsius.
The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium is a batting-friendly one. The batsmen will be able to play shots on the upside on this ground with relatively shorter boundaries. Wankhede Stadium’s proximity to the Arabian Sea guarantees plenty of swing on offer for the bowlers. The chasing teams have won the majority of the games played on this ground. So, the captain winning the toss should look to bowl first upon winning the toss. The average 1st innings score at this venue is 88 runs.
Probable Playing XI:
Ben Stokes, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi.
Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (C & WK), Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Shahrukh Khan, Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, M Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi.
Head to Head Records:
KL Rahul: Though his team had a dismal IPL 2020 season, Rahul finished as the highest run-scorer with 670 runs in 14 innings and won the orange cap. He will be hoping to replicate the same sort of performance this season and help his team lift the maiden IPL trophy.
Chris Morris: Morris was the most expensive pick of the IPL 2021 auction at 16.25 Cr. The Proteas all-rounder has scored 551 runs picked 80 wickets in 70 IPL outings. His all-round brilliance makes him a top pick in your team.
Yashasvi Jaiswal: Jaiswal had a rather ordinary IPL debut season with only 40 runs in 3 matches. But he is a quality batsman who can help you fetch healthy points in this game if he gets going. He will open the innings for the Royals.
Nicholas Pooran: The Caribbean wicket-keeper batsman has managed to amass 392 runs in 27 IPL innings. He is an explosive batsman who has the ability to change the gears at will. He can prove to be a great differential pick in this game.
TEAM 1 (IF RR BATS FIRST)
TEAM 2 (IF PBKS BATS FIRST)
Punjab Kings are expected to win this game.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.