Mumbai. Rajasthan Royals By removing his shortcomings in batting Punjab Kings Will try to return to winning ways in the IPL match to be held on Saturday. Royals team for one time top spot Gujarat Titans Was giving tough competition to her but recently her performance got disturbed. He will now face Punjab after losing to Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.
Punjab, on the other hand, is full of enthusiasm with an eight-wicket victory over points table toppers Gujarat. The Mayank Agarwal-led side would like to continue their winning campaign to keep their playoff hopes alive. Rajasthan are currently at the third place in the points table and the main credit goes to Jos Buttler, who has scored the highest 588 runs in the current tournament so far. Against Mumbai he alone took over the responsibility while against Kolkata he failed. Rajasthan had lost both these matches.
Two other top-order batsmen Devdutt Padikkal and captain Sanju Samson have been able to perform well in pieces. Both of them need to take more responsibility. The team has been trying out different players at number four and if Shimron Hetmyer is fielded at this position, then its top four batsmen can tear apart any bowling attack.
Rajasthan need to score big
Rajasthan need to score big in position to bat first as they got three out of four losses when they did not score big while batting first. Rajasthan’s bowling attack is strong but their bowlers were unable to defend the scores of 158 and 152 in the last two matches.
Well-known bowling including Chahal, Ashwin, Boult and Kuldeep
It was definitely a low score as Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Sen and Pramukh Krishna, currently the highest wicket-taker in the tournament, have bowled impressively. It will not be easy for the Punjab batsmen to face the bowling of Royals. Punjab’s batting lacks consistency. Shikhar Dhawan is the most successful batsman in the team right now. Liam Livingstone and Bhanuka Rajapakse have also batted well in the middle but they have to show a good game together.
Bairstow has not been performing as expected
Jonny Bairstow has not been able to bat explosively according to his fame, while Agarwal’s bat is also not working, which is a matter of concern for the team. In the last match, Punjab bowlers performed well to restrict Gujarat to less than 150 runs. Kagiso Rabada returned to form with four wickets each in the last two matches. Arshdeep Singh has bowled very well for Punjab. He hasn’t taken many wickets but has bowled economical.
The teams are as follows:
Punjab Kings: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal (captain), Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Shah Rukh Khan, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Ishan Porel, Liam Livingstone, Odeon Smith, Sandeep Sharma, Raj Angad Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Prerak Mankad, Vaibhav Arora, Hrithik Chatterjee, Baltej Dhanda, Ansh Patel, Nathan Ellis, Atharva Taede, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Benny Howell.
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (Captain), Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Prashant Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Riyan Parag, KC Cariappa, Navdeep Saini, Obed McCoy, Anuy Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Karun Nair , Dhruv Jurel, Tejas Baroka, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubham Garwal, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rasie van der Dussen, Daryl Mitchell.
FIRST PUBLISHED : May 06, 2022, 14:34 IST