RR vs PBKS IPL Prediction: Rajasthan Royals Will host Punjab kings at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati, on April 5th, 2023. Rajasthan Royals had a fantastic outing against SunRisers Hyderabad in their opening match, as they beat them by 73 runs. Their batting was superb as they scored 203 runs. Jos Buttler again showed the world why he is one of the best batsmen of T20 as he scored 54 runs in just 22 balls, smashing 7 four and three sixes. The match will be played on neutral ground as Barsapara Cricket Stadium is not a home ground of Rajasthan Royals, so there will be no home advantage.
The Indian youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 54 runs in just 37 balls, giving Rajasthan Royals a perfect opening start, and together they had 85 runs opening stand. After that, Buttler got out, and then the Rajasthan Royals captain smashed a knock of 55 runs in just 32 balls smashing four sixes and three fours. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was clueless in his first match and failed to use players in a proper way. Yuzvendra Chahal got four wickets in the match. Boult gave them an amazing first-over start as he got Abhishek Sharma on the 3rd ball and then took the wicket of SunRisers Hyderabad’s reliable Rahul Tripathi wicket which was a massive wicket for the Rajasthan Royal team.
Punjab Kings won their first match against Kolkata Knight Riders by 7 runs (DLS Method). The Shikhar Dhawan side looked in control, and all their batters scored runs. Prabhsimran started off his innings with a bang as he hit a six on his fourth ball and, after that, hit 2 fours and 1 more six, which took him to 23 runs in just 12 balls but then he got out when he tried to play a shot at fine leg.
Shikhar Dhawan scored 40 runs in 29 balls, and Bhanuka Rajapaksa also scored a half-century in 31 balls. The most expensive player in IPL history Sam Curran also scored some handy runs as he made 26 runs in just 17 balls. In bowling, Arshdeep Singh took 3 wickets and helped his team to win the match by 7 runs.
RR vs PBKS: Head-to-Head IPL Stats
Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings played 24 matches against each other which Punjab Kings won 10 times, and Rajasthan Royals won matches. In the last five battles against each other, Rajasthan Royals won four times, whereas Punjab Kings won just once.
RR vs PBKS: Team Preview of Rajasthan Royals (RR)
Rajasthan Royals were the runner-up in IPL 2022, and this time, they started off really well as they won the match against the SunRisers Hyderabad by 73 runs in which their last season’s star players, Yuzvendra Chahal and Jos Buttler again showed their one of the best performance. Jos Buttler scored a quick-fire 54 runs in just 22 balls, and Chahal took 4 wickets as they both also had a post-match talk with each other about their performance.
Rajasthan Royal’s side looks most settled, but still, they need to work on their death bowling as they could not take wickets lower down. KM Asif must perform to keep his play in the match against the Punjab Kings, as he was wicketless.
RR vs PBKS: Team Preview of Punjab Kings (PBKS)
Punjab Kings looked a more settled side than they had been in all season last year though it’s still the first match. Shikhar Dhawan looked like the right man for them as he has so much experience in IPL and T20 matches which showed in his decision-making.
Punjab kings used seven bowling options which shows that they are still confident in their bowlers, but the inclusion of Sikandar Raza and Sam Curran gave them great depth in batting and bowling. However, their few batsmen are hit-and-miss like Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Prabhsimran because they play only as explosive batsmen. Sam Curran holds the key for Punjab Kings as he is their most expensive and reliable player who can contribute with bat and ball.
RR vs PBKS: Pitch Report of Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati
|Batting first won||1|
|Batting second won||1|
|Average first innings score||177|
|Pacers took||11 Wickets|
|Spinners Took||5 Wickets|
Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati, hosted only Three T20 matches. One was washed away, and the most recent one was played between India vs South Africa on October 2nd, 2022. Indian Cricket Team posted a huge total of 237 in which all top order batsmen of India’s scored most of the runs, and in reply, South Africa failed to chase down, but they gave a good fight as they scored 221 runs. David Miller scored a Century. Recently the pitch favored the batsmen more, but there was a bit of swing in the initial phase of the match, and chasing will be easier.
RR VS PBKS Probable Playing XIs:
Probable Lineup of Rajasthan Royals (RR)
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson(w/c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Jason Holder, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, KM Asif, Yuzvendra Chahal
Probable Lineup of Punjab Kings (PBKS)
Shikhar Dhawan(c), Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma(w), Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Nathan Ellis, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
Impact Players who can come into the match of RR VS PBKS
Rishi Dhawan can again come as the impact player in place of Prabhsimran for the Punjab Kings and for the Rajasthan side Navdeep Saini can replace Devdutt Padikkal.