Match Preview – RR vs PBKS
Punjab Kings will take on Rajasthan Royals in their first clash of the season at the Wankhede cricket stadium. Punjab Kings who are yet to finish on the podium in the IPL history will focus to embark on a good start against the pink brigade. Led by KL Rahul, the franchise looks well-settled this time as far as their squad is concerned. The power-hitters in the form of the skipper KL Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, and Chris Gayle will provide the necessary impetus during the initial overs of the batting innings.
The inaugural IPL champion Rajasthan Royals boast of various heavyweights in the squad. With the presence of Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, and Jos Buttler, the team will hope to make an impact from all fronts. Although the team languishing at the bottom in the 13th edition, the Men-in-pink will advance to turn the tables this time around with some positive results going by their side.
Before we look at PBKS vs RR Today Match Prediction, here's a look at what can be expected from Today's IPL Match:
What to Expect – Pitch and Ground Conditions?
Wankhede cricket stadium has always welcomed batsmen with open arms. Dubbed as batting paradise and fast outfield, it will be some difficult times for bowlers to steal the show in the match. With the dew factor coming into play, the team which bowls first gets an unfair advantage. Moreover, the recently-concluded CSK vs DC IPL Match also saw the Rishabh Pant-led side topple the CSK-army as they chose to bowl first.
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RR vs PBKS vs Head-to-Head record in IPL| H2H IPL stats
RR won: 12
PBKS won: 9
Having played 21 matches against each other, Rajasthan Royals and Punjab kings have faced multiple close encounters in the IPL stint. As RR dominates the result tally with 12 wins, PBKS will look to uplift its position in the statistics game. With both the teams stepping onto the field with various amendments, it will be an encounter to watch out which player rises up the ranks in the much-anticipated clash of the titans.
Players to Watch out for in RR vs PBKS IPL match
Rajasthan Royals squad will expect the experienced pros in the team to outsmart their counterparts. The experienced all-rounder Ben Stokes along with Jos Buttler and Sanju Samson can go all guns blazing as far as the batting department is concerned. Skipper Sanju Samson will definitely enjoy the services of these match-winners in the faceoff.
The PBKS dressing room must be donning a confident look considering the fearless brand of cricket which their top-order batsmen rendered in the 13th IPL season. KL Rahul will be assisted by his compatriots like Chris Gayle, along with Mayank Agarwal. They can break the backbone of the bowling unit on their day without a blot of doubt. Having roped in a battery of pacers, PBKS will like to capitalize on their bowling strengths as well.
RR vs PBKS Today Match Prediction – Who will win today’s IPL match?
Looking at the squad composition and the best possible playing XI for both the teams, Punjab Kings will have an upper hand against Rajasthan Royals. The pitch at Wankhede will suit both the teams but Punjab has a greater batting depth and a far more experienced bowling attack compared to Royals' recruit in IPL 2021. As part of RR vs PBKS today's match prediction, Punjab Kings could win today's IPL match against Rajasthan Royals.