Match Preview for Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals for IPL 2021

Times of India

The second leg of IPL 2021 has kickstarted and all the fans are in a treat for some amazing cricket matches ahead. The third match of the second leg is set to be played between Punjab  Kings and Rajasthan Royals at Dubai International Stadium. So far in the points table, Rajasthan Royals are at 5th position while the Punjab Kings is at 6th position hence each match ahead for both the teams are going to be important.

Punjab Kings:

The Punjab Kings who finished at 6th place in IPL 2020 will surely try performing well in this season. In IPL 2021, they have played 8 matches out of which 3 resulted in victory while the team had to suffer 5 losses. The team led by KL Rahul will try to make a comeback hence each player will have to give their best. The team of Punjab Kings is well balanced although some of the players will be missing from the second leg. Riley Meredith and Kane Richardson will not be part of the team. Nathan Ellis is the new addition to the team. The team has a strong batting line-up including KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and some outstanding bowlers like Chris Jordan, Arshdeep Singh, and Mohammed Shami.

Rajasthan Royals:

Royals who finished at the last position in IPL 2020 are currently at 5th position thus keeping the hopes to make it to the playoffs alive. Royals have played 7 matches out of which they have won 3 and lost 4. The team is led by Sanju Samson and the team will have to play every match with their guards up to qualify for the playoffs. The team has lost its balance as most of the important players from the first leg will be missing in the second leg of IPL 2021. The strong pillars of the team such as Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer will not be playing in the second leg thus it is a challenge for the rest of the players to perform well to qualify for the play-offs.

Head-to-Head Statistics:

PlayedWon by PBKSWon by RRTieNo Result
22101200

Both the teams have faced each other 22 times in total until IPL 2021. Out of which, 12 matches were won by Rajasthan Royals and 10 matches were won by the Punjab Kings resulting in no ties. As the numbers are close, the match result cannot be predicted.

Match Details:

Venue: Dubai International Stadium

Date: 21st September 2021

Time: 7.30 pm (IST)

Pitch Report:

The T20 record at Dubai International Stadium suggests that the team batting in the second innings has a higher success rate but the recent past matches have proved it wrong. The teams chasing have found it difficult to win and the teams batting first have won here. The pitch suggests the same about the second leg of IPL 2021. Due to the hot and dry weather of Dubai, the pitch tends to develop cracks that favor spin bowlers. In the initial overs, the pitch supports the pace bowlers but after a few overs, the dusty and dry nature of the pitch is uncovered, and hence it helps the batsmen to play good shots.

Weather Report:

The report suggests that it is going to be a hot and sunny day with a humidity of 53% with a low chance of precipitation of 10%. The maximum temperature in the day can exceed 38 degrees while at the night it will drop to 31 degrees.

Punjab Kings predicted XI:

KL Rahul (C, WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Shahrukh Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Nathan Ellis

Rajasthan Royals predicted XI:

Sanju Samson(C, WK), Liam Livingstone, Yashaswi Jaiswal, Shivam Dube, Riyan Parag, Chris Morris, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rahul Tewatia, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Jaydev Unadkat

Key Players:

Batsmen:

KL Rahul

The captain of Punjab Kings has had an amazing campaign in the first leg of IPL 2021. He is the leading run-scorer of his team. From the 7 matches, he has scored 331 runs in total with a high score of 91 not out. He has an average of 66.20 and a strike rate of 136.21. He is a player to look out for.

Mayank Agarwal:

The opener of Punjab Kings has performed very well in the first half of IPL 2021. In the 7 matches, he has scored 260 runs with the highest score of 99 not out. The opening duo of the team, Agarwal and KL Rahul can prove dangerous for the Royals hence their motive will be to get their wickets soon in the match.

Sanju Samson

The captain of Rajasthan Royals is the top run-scorer of his team. Out of 7 matches, he has scored 277 runs and his high score is 119. In the first half, Samson has been in a good form and it is expected to continue in the rest half of the league.

PlayerMatInnsNORuns HSAvg BFSR
KL Rahul77233191*66.20243136.21
Mayank Agarwal77126099*43.33184141.30
Sanju Samson77127711946.16190145.78

All-rounders:

Chris Morris

The all-rounder from South Africa has proved his worth as a batsman and bowler as well. He has taken 14 wickets from 7 matches and has scored 48 runs from 4 innings. He is the most valuable player on the team.

Harpreet Brar

Harpreet Brar has performed well in the first leg. He has taken crucial wickets in some matches and has also scored few runs. He has a strike rate of 152.63.

Bowlers:

Mohammad Shami

The fast pace bowler of Punjab Kings has been successful in taking most wickets. He has 8 wickets in his kitty from 8 matches. He has an average of 29.25 and an economy of 8.16. He is one of the best bowlers that Punjab Kings have and he will prove it in the second leg of IPL 2021.

Arshdeep Singh

Arshdeep of Punjab Kings is another good bowler for the team. He has taken 7 wickets from 6 matches. His best bowling innings is 3/35.

Mustafizur Rahman

The pace bowler from Bangladesh is the second-highest wicket-taker for the Royals. He has taken 8 wickets from 7 matches with an average of 28.00. He has performed well in the first half and the same is expected from the second.

PlayerMatInnsOvRunsWktsBBIAvgEcon
Mohammad Shami8828.423482/2129.258.16
Arshdeep Singh6618.215073/3521.428.18
Mustafizur Rahman772722483/2028.008.29

Wicket Keeper:

 Sanju Samson

As a wicket-keeper, Samson has taken 4 catches and 3 run-outs from 7 matches thus making him a better wicket-keeper.

Match Prediction: The match result depends on the pitch as well as the toss. The team batting first can have a better advantage as explained in the pitch report but again the toss might change the game. Thus the winning probability for both teams is 50%.

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