Sunrisers Hyderabad in their first match of IPL 2023, Rajasthan Royals (RR) are all set to take on Punjab Kings (PBKS) on April 5 at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati.
After a terrific win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in their first match of IPL 2023, Rajasthan Royals (RR) are all set to take on Punjab Kings (PBKS) on April 5 at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati. The Shikhar Dhawan-led side beat Kolkata Knight Riders by seven runs (DLS Method) in their first match and will be confident before taking on the Rajasthan Royals.
Even though Liam Livingstone and Kagiso Rabada were not available, Punjab Kings did well with both bat and ball as well. Batting at number three, Bhanuka Rajapaksa smashed 50 runs off 32 deliveries whereas Sam Curran and Jitesh Sharma played quick cameos to help their side post 191 runs in 20 overs. With the ball, youngster Arshdeep Singh stepped up and his sensational form dismantled KKR’s top order. Rahul Chahar and Sikandar Raza played key knocks with the ball as well.
As far as Rajasthan Royals are concerned, their top order has been in sublime form at the moment and they have the ability to change the fate of the game at any time. Jos Buttler (54 off 22) gave them a perfect start in their last match while Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 54 off 37 deliveries. Later Sanju Samson too scored a fifty as Rajasthan posted 203 runs on board after 20 overs. Later, Yuzvendra Chahal impressed with the ball, taking a four-wicket haul as well. On the other hand, Trent Boult picked up two wickets while KM Asif was quite economical.
Both teams have met 24 times so far where Rajasthan Royals won the game 14 times convincingly and the rest of the game won by Punjab Kings.
Rajasthan Royals: W, L, W, L, W
Punjab Kings: W, W, L, W, L
Seeing the previous performances, Rajasthan Royals have the possibility to win the game.
Rajasthan Royals Squad: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson(w/c), Devdutt Padikkal, Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, KM Asif, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dhruv Jurel, Sandeep Sharma, Murugan Ashwin, Donavon Ferreira, Kunal Singh Rathore, Abdul Basith, Kuldeep Sen, Kuldip Yadav, Obed McCoy, KC Cariappa, Akash Vasisht, Adam Zampa, Joe Root
Kings XI Punjab Squad: Shikhar Dhawan(c), Prabhsimran Singh(w), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Nathan Ellis, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Matthew Short, Harpreet Singh Bhatia, Atharva Taide, Mohit Rathee, Shivam Singh, Raj Bawa, Vidhwath Kaverappa, Kagiso Rabada, Baltej Singh
Jos Buttler (wk) (c), Sanju Samson, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Shikhar Dhawan (vc), Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Sikandar Raza, Sam Curran, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Arshdeep Singh