Indian Premier League 2023: Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings – 8th Match Preview and Updates

The second round of games in the Indian Premier League 2023 has begun, and the Rajasthan Royals will face the Punjab Kings in the eighth match. Guwahati, Rajasthan’s second home ground, will host the first IPL game. Both teams have won their first two games of the season. Rajasthan defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad, while the Punjab Kings triumphed over the Kolkata Knight Riders in a rain-affected game.

In the last three seasons, the Rajasthan Royals have dominated the rivalry, winning four out of five games. Their top order is in fine form, which boosts the camp’s confidence. The Punjab Kings have been inconsistent in recent seasons, and a win would boost their confidence and help them for the rest of the season.

The 8th Match between Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings will take place on April 5th, 2023 at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati.

Match Details to Note

Match: Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings, 8th Match, Indian Premier League 2023

Date: April 05, 2023 (Wednesday)                                              

Time: 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati

Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings

Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings

Rajasthan Royals (Match Odds – 1.72):


In the previous game, Sanju Samson’s team delivered exactly what was expected of them. They annihilated the Sunrisers Hyderabad bowling attack and won by 72 runs. The Top 3 performed admirably in the game, taking the game away from their opponents in the first few overs. Sampson wants his players to stay in the same mode and win this game.

Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal are arguably the most lethal opening pair, as evidenced by their 85-run stand in the previous game. The team will be expected to put on a similar performance. Samson is the ideal No. 3, and he and Devdutt Padikkal will look to anchor the innings. Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Jason Holder round out the batting lineup.

The bowling attack executed its plans flawlessly in the previous game, and they will look to put on a good show with Trent Boult and KM Asif’s new ball. In the middle overs, Jason Holder, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Yuzvendra Chahal bowled brilliantly, and the team will expect similar performances from them. Navdeep Saini will try his best in the supporting role.

Full Squad:

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

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Possible Playing XI:

Sanju Samson (c & wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, KM Asif, Yuzvendra Chahal

Punjab Kings (Match Odds – 2.25):


Shikhar Dhawan won his first match as captain. The batsmen put on a strong performance, scoring a large total and defeating the Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs using the DLS method. It will be a tougher test against the Rajasthan Royals, who they have struggled against in the last three seasons. To win this game, Dhawan must instill confidence in the team.

Shikhar Dhawan led from the front against KKR, and he will look to lay a solid foundation alongside Prabhsimran Singh, who demonstrated his hitting ability. Bhanuka Rajapaksa must capitalize on his experience at No. 3 by combining with Jitesh Starma and Sikandar Raza. The team has power hitters at the bottom of the order and would like to see runs from Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, and Nathan Ellis.

The bowling attack will be tested because the Royals have strong hitters at the top. Arshdeep Singh and Sam Curran must get their lines right and take early wickets. Raza and Ellis play critical roles in the middle overs. Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, and Rishi Dhawan add variety to the attack, but their plans must be carried out for the team to succeed.

Full Squad:

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

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Possible Playing XI:

Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Nathan Ellis, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh

Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Head to Head

Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings have met 24 times in the IPL. The Punjab Kings have won 10 of these 24 games, while the Rajasthan Royals have won 14 of them.

Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Head to Head Stats in IPL

Matches Played RR Won PBKS Won Tie NR
Overall 24 14 10 0 0

Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Toss Prediction

It is a new venue, and sides chasing the score have done well in the few games played there. The evening dew makes gripping the ball difficult, and bowling in the second innings is always difficult. As a result, we believe the team that wins the toss in this game will bowl first.

Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Pitch Report

Unlike most venues in India, the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati has a softer surface. It provides plenty of opportunities for fast bowlers. Spinners must earn their wickets because the track does not provide as many bargains as other venues. Batsmen who wait their turns and build their innings do well.

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On April 5, there will be some cloud cover over Guwahati. The bowlers will receive some assistance in the early overs. To succeed, batsmen must pick their shots carefully, as bowlers will always have an opportunity. To win this game, the team batting first needs to score 170 runs.

Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Prediction

Punjab Kings are confident after starting the season with a win. However, their bowlers will face a difficult test against the strongest top order in the league. For the team to win this game, their bowlers must put on a show. With their win in the previous game, the Rajasthan Royals made a strong statement. They have a dominant batting lineup and start as favorites at their second home ground. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

Rajasthan Royals is the favourite to beat Punjab Kings at the odds of 1.72.

Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Most Recommended Player for Bet:

Yuzvendra Chahal won the Purple Cap last season and has only gotten better since then. He bowled an excellent spell, picking up four wickets in the first game. With the pitch in Guwahati being on the slower side, we can expect him to put in another strong performance.

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