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Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings

Indian Premier League 2023

Rajasthan Royals
Punjab Kings
  • Date: 2023-04-05
  • Start Time: 19:30
  • Location: Barsapara Stadium, Cricket Stadium, Guwahati

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  • Prediction:
    Rajasthan Royals to Win
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    Rajasthan Royals: 2.45
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On Wednesday, the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati will host the 8th match of the Indian Premier League, featuring Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings.

  • Rajasthan Royals, who finished as runners-up in the previous season, began their campaign with a convincing 72-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad.
  • Meanwhile, Punjab Kings also began their IPL 2023 campaign with a crucial win against Kolkata Knight Riders at home.
  • In their previous encounter during last year’s tournament, Rajasthan Royals successfully chased down a massive target of 190 runs against Punjab Kings.

RR vs PBKS – IPL – Venue Details

Venue: Barsapara Stadium, Cricket Stadium, Guwahati

Date: April 5th 2023

Time: 19:30 (local)

RR vs PBKS – IPL – Team Previews

Rajasthan Royals

The Royals will be looking to replicate their successful season opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad by exhibiting an aggressive batting display from their top order, a sharp performance with the new ball, and a tight grip on proceedings by their spinners. Additionally, Wednesday’s match marks the IPL’s first appearance in northeast India.

In their previous game, Sanju Samson’s team met expectations by dismantling Sunrisers Hyderabad’s bowling attack and emerging victorious by a margin of 72 runs. The top three batsmen put in a superb effort and dominated proceedings in the initial overs, after which Yuzvendra Chahal took four wickets and Trent Boult snagged two crucial wickets to limit the Sunrisers to a meager 131/8.

The only point of concern for the Royals is the fitness of West Indies pacer Obed McCoy, who is currently recovering from an injury. Should they bowl first, Padikkal may enter the fray as an Impact Player at No. 4 during the chase. If Murugan Ashwin is selected to play, he will remain a lower-order hitter while a fast bowler is subbed out.

Punjab Kings

The upcoming fixture will see the Punjab Kings take on the Rajasthan Royals, with the former team feeling confident after their successful start to the season against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Led by captain Shikhar Dhawan, Punjab Kings rode on Bhanuka Rajapaksa’s first-ever IPL half-century and Dhawan’s quick 40 to post 191/5 before left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh picked up three wickets to restrict KKR to 146/7 in 16 overs.

The availability of Kagiso Rabada remains uncertain, but if he plays, his battle with Jos Buttler will be a key matchup. Punjab’s 18.5 crore man Sam Curran had a forgettable outing with the ball and would want to deliver a better performance in this game.

Rajasthan Royals’ captain Sanju Samson has a great track record against the Kings, having scored 658 runs in 19 innings with an impressive strike rate of 143, his best against any IPL team. Rishi Dhawan, known for his hard-hitting ability as a bowling allrounder, may serve as the Impact Player for his team by coming in as a lower-order batsman.

RR vs PBKS – IPL – Probable Playing XI’s

Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (Cap and wk), D Padikkal, Riyan Parag, S Hetmyer, Ravi Ashwin, Jason Holder, Trent Boult, Yuzi Chahal, K Asif

Punjab Kings: Shikhar Dhawan, Prabhsimran Singh, B Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, S Raza, Kagiso Rabada, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh

RR vs PBKS – IPL – Pitch Report and Toss Prediction

Expect a high-scoring game at Guwahati as the pitch is known to favor the batsmen, and both Rajasthan and Punjab have some big-hitters in their lineups. The average first innings score in T20Is at this venue is 178 runs. While the pacers may get some assistance early on, the spinners are unlikely to find much help from the pitch.

RR vs PBKS – IPL – Win Prediction

Punjab Kings won’t be able to field their best XI in this game and their Indian batting lacks quality. Rajasthan should comfortably win this game.