In the 66th game of the Indian Premier League 2023, the Punjab Kings will face the Rajasthan Royals. Technically, both teams can advance to the next round, and the stakes will be high in this game. The Kings’ most recent game was a loss to the Delhi Capitals. The Rajasthan Royals are in a slump, having suffered a loss to the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
With the stakes so high for both teams, expect this game to be a nail-biter. The Rajasthan Royals have lost four of their last five games. Their batsmen have failed in the last two games, and the team will be under pressure. The Punjab Kings won the previous meeting between the two teams.
The 66th Match between Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals will take place on May 19th, 2023 at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala.
Match Details to Note
Match: Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, 66th Match, Indian Premier League 2023
Date: May 19, 2023 (Friday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala
Shikhar Dhawan’s team was defeated by the Delhi Capitals by 15 runs in their previous game. In the game, they bowled poorly and paid the price. They will need a huge win in their final game to finish with 14 points and improve their run rate. They have the bat power, and Dhawan would like to see his bowlers perform better.
Prabhsimran Singh and Shikhar Dhawan must get off to a good start against a strong bowling attack. Liam Livingstone has rediscovered his form, which is great news for the team, and he will look to add quick runs with Athrava Taide and Jitesh Sharma in this game. To improve their chances, they need a strong performance from Shahrukh Khan and Sam Curran in the lower middle order.
This track will help Sam Curran and Kagiso Rabada, both experienced bowlers. The team will be hoping for early wickets from the pair. Arshdeep Singh and Nathan Ellis had a poor performance in the previous game and must improve here. For the team to win, Rahul Chahar and Harpreet Brar must perform well in the supporting roles.
Shikhar Dhawan (c), Shahrukh Khan, Matthew Short, Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Raj Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Atharva Taide, Arshdeep Singh, Baltej Singh, Nathan Ellis, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Harpreet Bhatia, Vidwath Kaverappa, Mohit Rathee, Shivam Singh
Players to watch out for:
On Wednesday, the powerful right-handed Englishman hit five fours and nine sixes in his highest IPL innings. He is looking forward to batting at the same location in this game.
The opener has struggled with consistency at times this tournament, but he has still scored 60, 46, 42, and 103 this season.
The Australian medium-fast bowler has an excellent slower-ball, which we expect to see used in this game. The last time Rajasthan played, he dismissed Buttler, Samson, Padikkal, and Parag.
Possible Playing XI:
Shikhar Dhawan (c), Atharva Taide, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh, Prabhsimran Singh (Impact Player)
Sanju Samson’s team has only won one of their last five games. Their lack of form at this critical juncture is hurting the team. They have suffered crushing defeats in the last two games, losing by 112 runs to Royal Challengers Bangalore. They will need a huge win here and a few other results to go their way to make the playoffs.
The legendary batting lineup has struggled in the last two games, and they will need a strong start from Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal, who have combined for over 900 runs. Samson, along with Joe Root and Devdutt Padikkal, must lead the way in the middle. Shimron Hetmyer has made runs lower down the order and will be crucial alongside Dhruv Jurel and Ravichandran Ashwin.
To secure a big win, the bowling attack must stand tall, and they will need hood spells with the new ball from Sandeep Sharma and Trent Boult. Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal are performing admirably and must deliver here. In the supporting roles, Adam Zampa and Joe Root are expected to deliver.
Sanju Samson (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Jos Buttler, Dhruv Jurel, Riyan Parag, Sandeep Sharma, Trent Boult, Obed McCoy, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Sen, Kuldip Yadav, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, KC Cariappa, Jason Holder, Donovan Ferreira, Kunal Rathore, Adam Zampa, KM Asif, Murugan Ashwin, Akash Vashisht, Abdul P A, Joe Root
Players to watch out for:
The opener has had his best IPL season to date, outperforming his more experienced top order teammates on numerous occasions.
England’s white-ball captain started the tournament strongly but has struggled in the last eight games. His form corresponds to that of the team.
The India international spinner went into the final game looking for his third four-wicket haul in a row. This pitch should provide him with good grip and turn.
Possible Playing XI:
Sanju Samson (c & wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Joe Root, Dhruv Jurel, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Sandeep Sharma, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult (Impact Player)
Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Batsmen Worth Watching
With the bat, we recommend Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, and Prabhsimran Singh for Punjab Kings. This season, Dhawan has a top score of 99 not out and is averaging 44.50 from 10 innings. Livingstone has two fifties this season and a very impressive strike rate of 170.88.
With the bat, we like Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, and Sanju Samson for the Rajasthan Royals. This season, Samson has a top score of 66 not out and has scored over 3880 IPL runs in his career. Since his IPL debut in 2016, Buttler has five IPL hundreds and 19 half-centuries.
Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Bowlers Worth Watching
Our bowling picks for Punjab Kings are Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Ellis, and Sam Curran. Curran was the side’s only wicket taker on Wednesday, finishing with figures of 2-36. Rabada has a strike rate of 14.83 in 68 IPL appearances.
We believe Adam Zampa, Yuzvendra Chahal, and KM Asif are the best bowling options for the Rajasthan Royals. Asif has three wickets in his last two matches, dismissing both Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis in the most recent game. For the third time in the last four IPL seasons, Chahal has taken over 20 wickets.
Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Head to Head
The Rajasthan Royals lead the overall head-to-head 14-11 against the Punjab Kings, but the Kings won their previous meeting earlier this year. Nathan Ellis took 4-30 and helped the Kings win by five runs.
Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Head to Head Stats in IPL
Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Toss Prediction
In the previous game, we saw a flat surface. Given the way the ball is flying off the bat, batting first and defending a score would be a huge challenge on this track. On this surface, the winning team would not hesitate to bowl first.
Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Pitch Report
The HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala has something for fast bowlers. The ball moves here, which can cause confusion among the batsmen. However, because of the smaller size of the ground, stroke players have done well. Spinners must bowl tight lines because the ball does not turn as much as it does on other tracks in the country.
There will be clear skies over Dharamshala, and the batting conditions will be as good as they were in the previous game. On this track, bowlers have little leeway because batsmen can play their strokes freely. With 180 runs on the board, the team batting first will be pleased.
Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Prediction
Punjab Kings’ weakness in the bowling attack has cost them several games. To prevent the Rajasthan Royals’ batters from running away with the game, the team must put on a strong showing with the ball. Despite the drop in form, the RR batsmen have been excellent. In this match, RR’s batting firepower would put them slightly ahead of Punjab Kings. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!
Rajasthan Royals is the favourite to beat Punjab Kings at the odds of 1.85.
Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Most Recommended Player for Bet:
Yashasvi Jaiswal has scored 575 runs in the tournament so far, and the left-handed opener is our pick to be the highest run scorer for Rajasthan Royals against Punjab Kings.