RR vs PBKS: The match no 52nd of the TATA IPL 2022 will see two powerful teams facing off against each other. Rajasthan Royals will take on Punjab Kings in the race for the top four. Both teams are competing for the top four positions. RR is better suited with 12 points. PBKS with 10 points also has the hope of making it.
The match will start on Saturday at 3:30 pm at the Wankhede Stadium. Rajasthan are coming off two back-to-back losses and are eager to win to inch closer to a place in the top four. On the other hand, PBKS won their last match, and to survive further, they need this win badly. It makes this clash more exciting.
RR vs PBKS: Match Preview and Prediction
One week ago, Sanju Samson and his team were dominating the points table. But unfortunately, they came out on the losing side in the last two matches against MI and KKR. Hence, they have slipped to third place with 12 points. Still, their chance to make it to the playoffs is quite bright, but the question is whether those two losses will hamper their chances of making it to the top two or not.
Well, the batting didn’t do well in the last two matches, and RR registered two below-par scores of 158 and 152 against KKR and MI. However, the bowling did a decent job and stretched the match till the very last over in both matches. But only Buttler and Samson can’t do anything. The management needs to find consistency from the other batters as well because the tournament is heading into the business end.
Probably XI: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal / Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (C & Wk), Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, Karun Nair, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen
Mayank Agarwal and his team have had a quite average season. They have won five matches and lost an equal number of matches. PBKS are sitting in the middle of the table with 10 points from 10 games. There is still hope that they can make it to the fourth place on the points table. However, they had a thumping win over the table-topper Gujarat Titans in their previous match, and they outplayed GT in every department of the game.
That will surely give them confidence heading into this game against RR. The bowling attack led by Kagiso Radaba did a fantastic job, and the batting with Shikhar Dhawan and Liam Livingstone was explosive. But they must win this game to be in the competition. Because a defeat will harden their path for the remaining season.
Probably XI: Mayank Agarwal (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh
RR vs PBKS Match, Pitch and Toss Update
The pitch at Wankhede is always good for the pace bowlers at the start. Overall, it is a complete batting surface. Batsmen can play their shots on the up without thinking about any uneven bounce. The average score at this pitch is 178. The toss becomes crucial in the T20 game, as winning the toss will give an extra edge. The team winning the toss should field first, as chasing will be easier than batting first. The team batting second has won six out of nine matches on this pitch this season.
RR vs PBKS: Head to Head
Both teams have met a total of 23 times in the history of the IPL. But RR is leading in terms of wins. So far, the Rajasthan Royals have won 13 matches, as compared to PBKS’s 10 wins. But in the last five outings, RR has won all three matches.
IPL 2022: RR vs PBKS: Players to watch out for
Jos Buttler is in the form of his life and is making runs for fun this season. He is the topmost reason for RR’s success this season. The RR opener has scored 588 runs this season, including three centuries and three half-centuries.
Yuzvendra Chahal is another default pick for the match. The veteran leg-spinner has taken the most wickets this season with a low economy rate. He is one of the reasons that RR is dominating so far. Chahal has taken 19 wickets in 10 matches at an economy rate of 7.27.
Shikhar Dhawan is another in-form batter in this season of the IPL. He is the highest run-scorer from the PBKS camp and the third-highest overall. The veteran opener has scored 369 runs at an average of 46.12.
Kagiso Rabada is coming off a “Man of the Match” performance in the last match against CSK. He took four crucial wickets in the match. He is the third highest wicket-taker with 17 wickets this season and would like to add more to his tally.
IPL 2022: Predicted 11 team of the match Prediction
Wicket-keeper: Jos Buttler (RR), Jonny Bairstow (PBKS), Sanju Samson (RR)
Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan (PBKS), Mayank Agarwal (PBKS), Bhanuka Rajapaksa (PBKS), Devdutt Padikkal (RR)
All-rounder: Liam Livingstone (PBKS)
Bowlers: Yuzvender Chahal (RR), Kagiso Rabada (PBKS), Kuldeep Sen (RR)
Tips: Jos Buttler will be the captain of the team. Shikhar Dhawan or Liam Livingstone will be the vice-captain. Both teams have good batting depth, but PBKS is coming off a good win. So we will back the Punjab Kings to win the match. However, the team winning the toss might win the game as well.