Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Dream11: It has been a sensational opening to the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) where we have witnessed three brilliant games with high quality cricketing action. In the fourth match of the season, the Rajasthan Royals (RR) will be locking horns with the Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on April 12. On a high-scoring venue, there will be some explosive players in action featuring in both the sides.
1. Ben Stokes
Rajasthan Royals’ star all-rounder Ben Stokes is coming into this tournament on the back of a brilliant performance in the recently concluded ODI series against India. While chasing a massive total of 337 runs in the 2nd ODI, Stokes smashed an outstanding innings of 99 runs off just 52 balls. Last year, while being promoted as an opener in the IPL, he slammed a match-winning century against Mumbai Indians. In IPL 2020, Stokes scored 285 runs in just 8 matches at an explosive strike-rate of 142.50. He will once again be expected to fire on all cylinders as he is confirmed to open the batting this season in the IPL.
Ben Stokes in IPL 2020
2. KL Rahul
Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul looked in a remarkable form in the previous edition of the IPL in the UAE. Rahul finished as the leading run-getter in IPL 2020 with a fabulous tally of 670 runs in 14 matches at an average of 55.83 which included 5 fifties and 1 hundred. He has now smashed more than 500 runs in 3 consecutive season of the IPL. The Punjab captain will also be hoping to do sensationally well in this IPL season in order to get his place back in India’s playing XI for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
KL Rahul in Last 3 IPL seasons: 670, 593, 659
3. Jos Buttler
England wicket-keeper batsman Jos Buttler has been a revelation since he has started to open the innings for his national team and for Rajasthan Royals. He has the ability to go after even the best of the bowlers from the word go and with his explosive big-hitting abilities, he can make the powerplay count. In 13 matches, with a inconsistent batting position, Buttler smashed 328 runs at an explosive strike-rate of 144.49. He has also done really well at the top in the last three seasons of the IPL.
Jos Buttler in IPL 2020
4. Sanju Samson
The newly appointed Rajasthan Royals skipper Sanju Samson has a terrific record when it comes to first games of an IPL season. In IPL 2020, he smacked back-to-back explosive half-centuries in the first two games. In 14 matches last year, Samson scored a total of 375 runs at a phenomenal strike-rate of 158.89 which included 3 half-centuries. The Rajasthan Royals desperately needs a staggering IPL season in order to be back in the reckoning for the ICC T20 World Cup scheduled to be held in India later this year.
Sanju Samson in IPL 2020
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5. Nicholas Pooran
West Indies swashbuckling batsman Nicholas Pooran was smashing bowlers all over the park almost for fun while playing for the Punjab-based franchise in IPL 2020. Pooran clobbered a total of 353 runs in 14 matches at a strike-rate of 169.71 which included 23 sixes. He will once again be a vital clog in the Punjab Kings middle-order this season with his stupendous six-hitting abilities.
Nicholas Pooran in IPL 2020
The Rajasthan Royals will miss their premier fast bowler Jofra Archer for the first few games this season as he is yet to recover from an injury. On the other hand, it will be interesting to see who will be the four overseas players for the Punjab Kings in their opening match of IPL 2021.
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