The Rajasthan Royals and the Punjab Kings have locked horns 24 times in their history of clashes. The Royals have enjoyed the better of the rivalry, having emerged victorious in 14 matches, while the Kings have managed to win 10 times.Bet Now!
However, the Royals cannot afford to be complacent as there is still a long way to go in the tournament. It is important for them to maintain their form and momentum.
Rajasthan's opening pair of Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal performed superbly, contributing an 85-run partnership in under 6 overs. Sanju Samson was also impressive at number 3, and their top-order's aggressive approach helped them reach the 100-run mark in just 7.4 overs, the fastest in the team's IPL history.
Although Samson, Buttler, and Jaiswal went on to score half-centuries, the middle order struggled to make an impact and will be looking to improve in their upcoming matches. Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmeyer, and Riyan Parag have the ability to play big shots, and their contribution will be crucial for the Royals.
In the opening game, Rajasthan's bowling was exceptional. Trent Boult's first over was outstanding as he picked up 2 wickets, while Yuzuvendra Chahal took 4 wickets to dismantle the Sunrisers' middle order. This impressive performance will undoubtedly give the Royals confidence going forward.
The Kings will look for another good start from the opening duo, and Bhanuka Rajapaksa will aim to replicate his maiden IPL half-century from the previous game. However, the middle order appears weaker compared to the Royals, as Jitesh Sharma, Sam Curran, and Sikandar Raza have not shown consistency with the bat.
Nonetheless, the presence of Shahrukh Khan and Harpreet Brar provides some depth to the batting lineup. On the bowling front, the Kings have a formidable pace attack with Arshdeep Singh, Sam Curran, and Nathan Ellis. Arshdeep, who has been impressive for the national team, picked up three wickets in the previous match.
However, the spin department lacks depth as Rahul Chahar is the only specialist spinner in the team, and part-timers like Raza and Harpreet Brar will need to chip in during the middle overs.
On the bowling front, the Royals were impressive in their last match, with Trent Boult and Yuzvendra Chahal picking up crucial wickets. Their success will be crucial in stifling the Kings' batting order.
The Kings' opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Prabhsimran Singh showed promise in the previous game, but their middle order lacked consistency. Jitesh Sharma, Sam Curran, and Sikandar Raza have been struggling with the bat and need to improve their performance to provide adequate support to the team.
The Kings have a strong pace attack led by Arshdeep Singh, who has been performing well lately. However, their spin department lacks depth, and this could be a concern against the formidable batting line-up of the Royals.
Our bet is on the Rajasthan Royals to win the game by 1.75.
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