- PBKS vs RR match prediction: Punjab Kings to win
- PBKS vs RR toss prediction Punjab Kings to win the toss and bat first
Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) will lock horns in Match No.66 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023. The match will take place at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamsala on Friday, May 19.
Read our in-depth IPL prediction, as our experts offer up their PBKS vs RR predictions ahead of this match
- Date and time: May 19, 19:30 IST
- KKR vs LSG venue: HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala
- 1 Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals match preview
- 2 PBKS vs RR Dream11 prediction
Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals match preview
The Kings, led by Shikhar Dhawan, are currently placed eighth in the points table. They need to win their last game to have any chance of going through to the next round. They will go into the game after losing to the Delhi Capitals (DC) by 15 runs. Liam Livingstone scored 94 runs, but his valiant efforts could not pay dividends for his team.
Apart from winning their next game, PBKS also need result of other matches to go in their favour. A lot of permutations and combinations have to click for Punjab to secure a berth in the playoffs.
The result of PBKS vs RR will depend a lot on how the Punjab bowlers perform against the Royals’ batting, which faltered against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
PBKS possible 11: Shikhar Dhawan (c), Atharva Taide, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) May 18, 2023
The Royals, led by Sanju Samson, are in a better position compared to their opponent. Although both teams have 12 points from 13 games, it is RR, whose net run rate is far more superior than PBKS. But they need to win their next game to give themselves the best chance of going through to the next round.
The Royals, however, would be high on confidence as they will go into the game after losing to RCB by a mammoth margin of 112 runs at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. They were bowled out for 59, which happened to be one of the lowest scores in the history of the IPL. Whether or not they can stage a comeback with the bat remains to be seen as of now.
The result of the PBKS vs RR prediction will depend a lot on how the RR batters manage to stage a comeback after their horror show against the Challengers.
RR possible 11: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Joe Root, Dhruv Jurel, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Sandeep Sharma, KM Asif, Yuzvendra Chahal
Nothing much, just 621 T20 wickets in one frame. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/AIoJA9uX7C
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) May 18, 2023
Pitch and expected weather conditions
The pitch in Dharamsala is expected to be an absolute belter. Another high-scoring match seems to be on the cards. Bowlers are not going to have much room for error. Weather conditions for the PBKS vs RR prediction is expected to be pleasant with no chance of rain for the time being.
PBKS vs RR Dream11 prediction
Our PBKS vs RR Dream11 prediction for this match
- Wicketkeeper(s): Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Prabhsimran Singh
- Batter(s): Shikhar Dhawan, Yashasvi Jaiswal
- All-rounder(s): Ravi Ashwin, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran
- Bowler(s): Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Arshdeeep Singh
- Recommended captain: Yashasvi Jaiswal
- Recommended vice-captain: Shikhar Dhawan
Yashasvi Jaiswal has the most fantasy points, but we have picked Shikhar Dhawan as the skipper of our Dream11 prediction team. It is because Dhawan knows the conditions better in Dharamsala. The PBKS vs RR prediction will depend on how these two batters step up.
PBKS vs RR match prediction: Punjab Kings to win
As per our today's match predictions, Punjab Kings should come up trumps. PBKS came close to beating the Capitals and are the favorites for the PBKS vs RR prediction.
PBKS vs RR toss prediction: Punjab Kings to win the toss and bat first
As per our toss prediction for today, Punjab Kings should opt to bat first after winning the toss. The PBKS vs RR prediction will be dependant to some extent on which team wins the toss.
PBKS vs RR man of the match prediction: Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan has not been in the best of form of late. But he has enough experience and potential to impact the outcome of the PBKS vs RR prediction. He bagged a golden duck in the previous game, but will fancy his chances on an excellent batting pitch in Dharamsala.
PBKS vs RR betting odds
- Punjab Kings odds: 2.00
- Rajasthan Royals odds: 1.800
The bookmakers believe that the Royals are the favorites for the upcoming PBKS vs RR prediction. But as per our IPL predictions, PBKS may have the upper hand, having already played one game at the HPCA Stadium this time.