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Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals T20 Match Prediction & Betting Tips, IPL 2024

Punjab Kings will play Rajasthan Royals in the 27th match of the IPL 2024. The game will be played at the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium, Mullanpur, Chandingarh and will start at 7:30 PM IST on April 13th.

Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals suffered heart-breaking defeats to Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Titans respectively in the previous game. Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma, heroes of Punjab’s win over Gujarat Titans once again bailed the team out of trouble and almost helped them pull off a stunning win, however, SRH won the game by two runs.

Similarly, Rajasthan Royals were set for a convincing win before Rahul Tewatia and Rashid Khan put the bowling attack to swords and scored 73 off the last five overs to pick a great win.

The Royals are still in a great position in the points table, settled at the helm with four wins in five matches while the Kings are struggling at eighth, with two wins and three defeats in five games.

Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals T20 Live Streaming

TV channels: You can watch this match live on Sky Cricket, Star Network, Fox Sports, Sky Sport NZ, SuperSport and Willow TV

IPL 2024 Live Streaming: The fixture will be live-streamed on SkyGo, Jio Cinema, Willow, Foxtel Go and Kayo.

PBKS vs RR Match Toss Prediction

Captain winning the toss should bowl first. There is some rain predicted so chasing team will have a slight advantage if it does rain in between.

PBKS vs RR Pitch Report

The wicket at the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium will be batting friendly. There should be some movement early on, however, it won’t last long. Also, spinners will be less effective here so we should see a high scoring game.

Chandigarh Weather Report

It will be slightly overcast, with a 10 per cent chance of rain. The temperature will range between 37 and 22 degrees.

Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, Indian Premier League 2024

PBKS Team News & Playing 11

PBKS Team News

Punjab Kings have shown improvement in their bowling but their batting still looks a bit vulnerable. Jonny Bairstow is a big headache for Dhawan as he has been in terrible form so far. We feel PBKS have given him enough chances and it calls for a change in the playing XI. We feel Bairstow will be replaced by Prabhsimran Singh and one of Liam Livingstone or Rilee Rossouw will be kept as an impact player.

PBKS Key Players

  • Shikhar Dhawan – Shikhar Dhawan has been ordinary so far. Being the team’s senior most batter, PBKS would have expected more from him. Dhawan has played a few good shots but he has lost his wicket soon after. The skipper needs to play sensible cricket and curb a bit of his natural instinct. He needs to emulate Virat Kohli and try and bat through the innings.
  • Shashank Singh – Shashank Singh has been a great addition to the team. He scored 61 in 29 balls against GT to help the team win and again played a knock of 46 in 25 to almost get the team pull off another heist. The youngster has shown great hitting abilities and PBKS will be elated to have someone like him down the order who can come in in the latter end of the innings and get the team quick runs.
  • Kagiso Rabada  – Kagiso Rabada has been brilliant for PBKS. Game after game, Rabada has shown why he is one of the best bowlers in this format of the game. The Proteas pacer has taken seven wickets in five games.
  • Harshal Patel – Harshal has been very expensive so far but he showed glimpses of a return to form in the previous game where he picked two wickets for 30 runs. Harshal bowls at death mostly so there are heavy chances of him picking multiple wickets when the batters are going after the bowling. Harshal has good variations thus if he uses them smartly, he can be hard to hit.

PBKS Possible Impact Player Substitutes

Rilee Rossouw, Liam Livingstone, Nathan Ellis, Rahul Chahal, Rishi Dhawan

Rilee Rossouw could be a serious contender for Impact player given the lack of runs from Bairstow and Livingstone however if the situation demands someone who can score at 200, Livingstone can also be picked. If PBKS need a bowler, Rahul Chahar will be the top choice.

PBKS Team Form

PBKS have been inconsistent. They have played five games, winning two and losing three. 

PBKS Predicted Playing 11

Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Ashutosh Sharma, Sam Curran, Shashank Singh, Sikandar Raza, Harpreet Brar, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh

RR Team News & Playing 11

RR Team News

Rajasthan Royals’ bizarre strategy against GT where Samson did not use Trent Boult in the final overs left many scratching their heads. Boult had bowled two overs for eight runs yet he was not used despite being the team’s best bowler. Maybe, Boult was carrying a slight injury and Samson was protecting him. However, there is no official update. We see no changes in RR if Boult is fit to play.

RR Key Players

  • Sanju Samson – Sanju Samson has led from the front. While Buttler and Jaiswal have struggled at the top, Samson has come out all guns blazing to transfer the pressure back of the opposition. Samson has scored 246 runs, including three fifties.
  • Riyan Parag – Riyan Parag has been top notch as well. He has been at his flamboyant best, scoring consistent runs and that too in some style. He has hit the most sixes in IPL 2024 so far -17. He is also RR’s leading run scorer with 261 runs, including three fifties to his name.
  • Trent Boult –  Trent Boult is a curious case. Since there is no update about his fitness, we are assuming that he is fit enough to play. Boult is the leading pacer for RR and has got wickets with new ball almost every time. The Kiwi pacer has taken five wickets so far in as many games.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal – Yuzvendra Chahal has turned out to be the biggest match winner for RR this season. He is the leading wicket-taker of the season so far, with 10 wickets to his name.

RR Possible Impact Player Substitutes

Rovman Powell, Tanush Kotian, Shubham Dubey, Keshav Maharaj, Navdeep Saini

RR are playing three overseas players thus they can use Rovman Powell if they need quick runs else Keshav Maharaj is a very good bowling option.

RR Team Form

RR have been unstoppable so far. They are placed at the top of the table with four wins and one defeat.

RR Predicted Playing 11

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, Dhruv Jurel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen, Avesh Khan

PBKS vs RR Head to Head

RR have enjoyed a decent run against PBKS, winning 15 out of the 26 games. They have also won three out of the last five games.

PBKS vs RR Head to Head Stats in T20’s

  Matches Played PBKS Won RR Won Tie NR
Overall 26 11 15 0 0
Last 5 2 3 0 0 0

PBKS vs RR Betting Odds

Rajasthan Royals are getting the favourites tag. RR have been phenomenal in the season for far, winning four out of the five matches. They are a far better side than PBKS thus punters have backed them to win.

Who will win Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals T20 Match?

We suggest backing Rajasthan Royals to win. If we take out the final five overs against GT, RR have been phenomenal. They have the most balanced team in the tournament, with quality in batting and fire in bowling. Beating them won’t be the easiest task.

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