The Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings have a lot in common. They are two teams who have spent the previous two seasons as bottom-dwellers but have made some exciting changes for this season. Sanju Samson, who has been with the franchise for a long time, has been appointed captain of the Royals.
They’ve also bolstered their balance by bringing in Chris Morris, who can win games both with his bat and bowling. Last season, Punjab Kings lacked of bowling firepower, but that should not be an issue this year. They have added two talented Australian pace bowlers in Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith. All of this being said, the gap between the two sides will be determined by game plans’ execution.
On Matchday, Mumbai is expected to be humid, with temperatures hovering around 33 degrees Celsius. In the second innings, the dew is likely to play a part.
The Wankhede wicket seems to be ideal for batters. There should be some turn available, but the pacers should have the upper hand. Anything over 180 runs should be considered competitive.
Sanju Samson (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Yashasvi Jaiswal/Liam Livingstone, Andrew Tye/Jaydev Unadkat
KL Rahul (c&wk), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Jhye Richardson, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Chris Gayle/Dawid Malan
Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Dream 11:
Ben Stokes (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson (wk), KL Rahul (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Liam Livingstone, Chris Morris, Andrew Tye, Mohammed Shami, Jhye Richardson
Winning the toss
KL Rahul (Punjab Kings), Sanju Samson (Rajasthan Royals)
Mohammad Shami (Punjab Kings), Kartik Tyagi (Rajasthan Royals)
Chris Gayle (Punjab Kings), Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals)
Player of the Match
Team Scores Batting First
Punjab Kings 180+, Rajasthan Royals 175+
While both teams appear to be capable with the bat, Punjab Kings’s bowling attack seems to be marginally more substantial than Rajasthan Royals, which lacks any challenge in Jofra Archer’s absence. In a close match, KL Rahul’s men are expected to win. Let’s bet with baji.live now to enjoy the magic of IPL 2021!