The Rajasthan Royals boast a good record in this showdown over the last three seasons, winning four of their five matches. Their top team squad is in terrific shape, which clearly boosts the team’s confidence in winning. In the last few seasons, the Punjab Kings have not been playing consistently at all. A win in this match will be very good for their motivation and will obviously help them in the rest of the season.
The team did what everyone expected them to do in the previous game. They simply destroyed the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling attack and won the game by as many as 72 runs. The top 3 played very well in this game and took the ball away from their opponents back in the first overs.
Yashaswi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler proved to be the most destructive pair in the league, scoring 85 goals. Our team expects the same outstanding performance from them. Samson is perhaps the perfect No. 3, and he will look to back up the innings along with Riyan Parag and Devdutt Padikkal. Ravichandran Ashwin, Shimron Hetmyer and Jason Holder present a mighty lineup, the envy of all tournament competitors.
The bowling attack performed well in the last game, and the team will be aiming for a good performance with new ball from Trent Boult and KM Asif. Jason Holder, Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal showed terrific play in the middle overs, and of course the team expects a similar performance from them.
Shikhar Dhawan begins his captaincy career with a win. It was a good performance by the team with the bat as they beat Kolkata Knight Riders by as many as 7 runs. But It will be a much tougher task in the game against Rajasthan Royals. Dhawan should give the team unprecedented motivation to win this match.
Shikhar Dhawan led the way against KKR and he will look to build a strong base along with Prabhsimran Singh, who has proven his batting skills. Bhanuk Rajapaksa will benefit from all his experience at the third number position and add runs to the team with Sikandar Raza and Jitesh Starma. The team has tallent and strong players in the bottom line, and they would like to see runs from Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran and Nathan Ellis.
The bowling attack of the team will be under a lot of pressure as the Royals have some very good players at the top of the team. Arshdeep Singh and Sam Curran will have to be very effective and take early wickets. Ellis and Raza play an important role in the middle overs. Rishi Dhawan, Harpreet Brar and Rahul Chahar contribute contrasts in attack, but they will need to execute their plan at the highest level to win the match.
The Punjab Kings started the season with a solid win, which will add to their confidence in winning. But the toughest test awaits them against the strongest higher order for their bowlers. Their bowlers must put in an exceptional performance to win this game. Rajasthan Royals made a strong statement with their win in the last game. They have a dominant lineup, and playing on their second home court, so for our team they are the favorites for this meeting.