PBKS vs RR Prediction: IPL action continues in Dubai tonight. The Kolkata Knight Riders thumped Royal Challengers Bangalore by 9 wickets yesterday in Abu Dhabi. RCB elected to bat and only managed 92 runs after being 41/1. Varun Chakravarthy and Andre Russell picked up three wickets each. In reply, KKR eased past RCB’s total in just 10 overs.
Punjab Kings square off against the Rajasthan Royals in match 32. Both teams sit in the bottom half of the table on 6 points. RR are just ahead with a better run rate and a game in hand. The Kings’ bowling unit has failed and their big-money buys haven’t paid off yet. RR on the other hand, have several overseas stars missing in action but they have brought in able replacements.
Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals
Match 32, Indian Premier League
21 September 2021, 07:30 PM IST
Dubai International Cricket Stadium
The match will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network and it can also be streamed on Hotstar App. The matches are split in three venues- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. IPL is broadcasted to almost 100 countries including all cricket-playing nations.
PBKS vs RR Head to Head: Rajasthan Royals have won 12 games compared to Punjab Kings’ 10 wins in the Indian Premier League.
KOL – 40%
BLR – 60%
There have been some exciting high-scoring clashes between the two sides in the past. Both teams are evenly matched but bowling will be their main concern. Punjab Kings look the more settled of the two and are slight favorites for this game. The betting sites also seem to favor them.
Bet365: PBKS: 1.8; RR: 2.0
Punjab Kings’ anchor player will be Lokesh Rahul. With 331 runs in seven matches and an average of 66.2, the 29-year-old elegant batsman is presently the second-highest run-scorer in this year’s IPL.
Evin Lewis is fine nick and had a stellar CPL 2021. He was the second-highest run-getter in the tournament with 426 runs in 11 innings at an average of 47. He had three half-centuries and an unbeaten ton to his name.
Chris Morris will be key for Rajasthan. The South African is the most expensive signing of the season and for good reason. He has notched up 14 wickets in just seven games at a strike rate of 11.2. He can also go big with the bat if required.
PBKS Playing XI
KL Rahul (w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Ravi Bishnoi, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
RR Playing XI
Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Liam Livingstone, Anuj Rawat, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Tabraiz Shamsi
The wicket favored the quicks in the last game. They will benefit from the surface in the early innings, and the boundaries are much larger than usual. The batters must take their time on this wicket, and after they have established themselves, they can change gears. The side that bats first has a better probability of winning this game since the wicket might slow down as the game progresses.
If PBKS bats first: 160-170
If RR bats first: 150-160
It is another hot day in Dubai. While the temperatures during the day are expected to touch 37 deg, the temp is expected to hover around 31 degrees during match timings. Winds will be very light and humidity will be between 60 to 70%. It is very unlikely that it will rain and the match should go ahead uninterrupted.
WICKET-KEEPERS: L Rahul, S Samson
BATSMEN: M agarwal, Y Jaiswal, E Lewis
ALL-ROUNDERS: D Hooda, C Morris
BOWLERS: R Bishnoi, A Singh, C Sakariya, J Unadkat
Captain choices: L Rahul/ E Lewis
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