1st Match of Saturday double header, match No.52 of Tata IPL 2022 will be played between Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals(PBKS vs RR) on 7th May 2022 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Match will start at 07:30PM IST.
Both teams have played 23 games between each other. Punjab Kings have won on 10 occasions whereas Rajasthan Royals have won 13 times. Last few games between these sides (PBKS vs RR) have been high scoring.
Rajasthan Royals are at No.3 in points table with 6 wins and 4 losses in 10 matches whereas Punjab Kings have won 5 and lost 5 and they are at No.7. On their days, both teams have played outstanding cricket specially Rajasthan Royals.
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RR will come into game after loosing 2 consecutive matches. Jos Buttler has lead the charge in Batting Lineup and he is highest run-scorer in Tata IPL 2022 with 588 runs in 10 innings. Sanju Samson is also brilliant with the bat. Jos Buttler has played slow innings in last 2 games, which really has hurt RR. Devdutt Padikkal is not among runs, Hetmyer hasn’t get enough balls to play. So, in this game as well, Jos needs to fire.
Form of main Rajasthan Royals main bowlers is getting concern for team. Yuzvendra Chahal is wicketless in last 2 matches, Trent Boult is not among wickets and so is Ravichandran Ashwin. However, Indian young bowlers Prasidh Krishna and Kuldeep Sen have kept taking wickets. Lot of RR’s success will depend upon senior players in upcoming matches.
Punjab Kings on the other hand, has played brilliant cricket, but inconsistency in both batting and bowling has really let team down. Shikhar Dhawan and Kagiso Rabada are playing lead role in batting and bowling. Liam Livingstone and Bhanuka Rajapaksa are doing brilliant with the bat specially when it comes to supporting Shikhar Dhawan and moving scorecard.
Form of Mayank Agarwal and Jonny Bairstow is not too good. Punjab Kings definitely need a big innings from Jonny Bairstow. New bowling group(Sandeep Sharma, Rishi Dhawan and Arshdeep Singh) have supported Kagiso Rabada very well and hadn’t allowed any batsman to score freely.
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Possible Playing XI for Punjab Kings:-
Mayank Agarwal(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma(wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma
Possible Playing XI for Rajasthan Royals:-
Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson(c & wk), Karun Nair, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen
Dream11 Prediction Team for PBKS vs RR Match:-
Wicket Keepers – Jos Buttler(c), Sanju Samson
Batsmans – Shikhar Dhawan(vc), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shimron Hetmyer
All Rounders – Liam Livingstone, Rishi Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin
Bowlers – Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna, Kagiso Rabada