RR vs PBKS IPL today match prediction: Ever since the mankading saga happened in 2019, there has been a concealed rivalry between these 2 teams and Rahul Tewatia’s heroics with the bat where he smashed 5 sixes in an over in Sharjah to take his team home from nowhere in IPL 2020 added more spice to their rivalry.
Punjab Kings were just one win away from making the playoffs last year but lost their final do or die game against an already eliminated CSK. They made one of the greatest comebacks ever in IPL history but was not good enough to make the top 4.
RR will be without one of the best bowlers in world cricket in Jofra Archer and it will be a massive task for them to manage the resources in the absence of Jofra Archer.
+ In all likelihood, Ben Stokes will open for RR which means Ben Stokes’s value with the bat will be maximized to the fullest.
+ They have excellent batting depth and with new captain at the helm who is known for his aggressive intent, one can expect an aggressive brand of cricket from them.
– Their death bowling remains a concern in the absence of Jofra Archer
– The form of Shreyas Gopal, their lead spinner is a worrying sign as well. They would require wickets from him in the middle overs.
Punjab Kings (PBKS)
+ Mayank Agarwal had a breakout season last time and will be hoping to give blazing starts to his team for one more season.
+ Jhye Richardson is an all phase bowler and will be a good partner for Mohammad Shami at death and with the new ball.
– Their batting depth is a massive concern and this might not allow KL Rahul to play his natural game at the top.
– Ravi Bishnoi was impressive in his first season and teams might have figured out that his major weapon is googly by now and teams will be well prepared to tackle him.
RR playing 11 (Likely)
Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Mahipal Lomror/Shivam Dube, Liam Livingstone, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya
PBKS playing 11 (Likely)
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Fabian Allen, Jhye Richardson, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Form guide (Last 5 games)
Records at Eden Gardens (T20s)
RR- 2 wins and 9 defeats and 1 NR in 10 games
PBKS- 3 wins and 8 defeats in 11 games
The odds are not favoring any team but Punjab Kings start the game as favorites purely because of their superior bowling attack compared to Rajasthan Royals. Both the teams have terrible record in Eden but both the teams don’t mind playing on tracks with good bounce either as their teams are well equipped to play on these kind of tracks.
Bet365- RR- 1.90, PBKS- 1.90
Betway- RR- 1.90, PBKS- 1.90
Today RR vs PBKS IPL match score: Team batting first will aim to score around 200
Today match pitch report: The wicket is expected to be an excellent track for batsmen.
Who won yesterday IPL game: DC won the game by 7 wickets against CSK
Tomorrow IPL game
KKR vs MI