The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season’s resumption got off to a terrific start after Chennai Super Kings beat Mumbai Indians in Dubai on Sunday. Tuesday’s match sees Punjab Kings take on Rajasthan Royals in match number 32 of the IPL 2021 season. PBKS are placed sixth after not quite getting the desired consistency in the first phase, winning just three matches out of eight games. Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals are placed fifth, having collected three wins from seven matches. Both teams have collected six points apiece.
Going into this match, PBKS need a change of fortunes and will count on premier replacement players. The inclusion of Adil Rashid is a big step and he can be a vital cog in PBKS’ remaining journey this season. Aiden Markram may not get playing time yet as PBKS have a settled top-order and the onus lies on the front four to deliver with the bat. Mohammed Shami will lead the pace attack and his inputs will be massive.
RR won two of their last three matches in the IPL before the season was suspended. With Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler absent alongside Jofra Archer, RR will aim to see the fresh faces come in and have a say from the first match itself. They are still in with a chance of making it to the playoffs. RR did well by getting Evin Lewis, who is in prime form. He can replace Buttler in the side. Tabraiz Shamsi is another replacement that has come in and will hope to make the playing XI straightaway. We expect an interesting outfit presented by RR.
Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through.
Key details of the match
The match is set to be held at the Dubai International Stadium. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription).
Here’s the preview
PBKS will be heavily dependent on KL Rahul for his exploits with the bat. Mayank Agarwal needs to be the able support and Chris Gayle in at number three promises a solid front three. However, it’s the middle order that lacks substance for PBKS. Nicholas Pooran struggled with the bat in the first phase but will keep his place as Dawid Malan is absent. Deepak Hooda and Shahrukh Khan are their hopes as finishers and that’s a worry. This is one area PBKS have struggled big time. However, PBKS have better bowling dynamic. With Rashid in, he will be pivotal alongside youngster Ravi Bishnoi. In the pace department, Shami, Chris Jordan and Arshdeep Singh form a formidable attack.
RR have no time to miss their absent players and Sanju Samson knows he has to be on top of his game to help the team. With Lewis in, Samson will aim to get his side going at the top. David Miller’s good performance of late for South Africa means that he will shoulder the responsibility in the middle order. Chris Morris has been in fine form with the ball and he will be crucial. The decision will be between Mustafizur Rahman and Shamsi. If RR want extra spin, Shamsi will come in. They already have Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat and Morris as pace options so it makes sense a quality spinner in Shamsi gets the nod. Team balance will be vital.
Probable playing XIs: PBKS vs RR
PBKS probable playing XI
KL Rahul (c&wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Adil Rashid, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
RR probable playing XI
Manan Vohra, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (c&wk), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Tabraiz Shamsi
Dream11 team prediction (option 1)
Batsmen: KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Evin Lewis, Shahrukh Khan
All-rounders: Chris Morris
Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Chetan Sakariya, Arshdeep Singh, Adil Rashid
Dream11 team prediction (option 2)
Batsmen: KL Rahul, Sanju Samson, Chris Gayle, David Miller, Evin Lewis, Riyan Parag
All-rounders: Chris Morris
Bowlers: C Sakariya, Ravi Bishnoi, Adil Rashid, Arshdeep Singh
Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?
In batting, the likes of KL Rahul and Sanju Samson are a must in the line-up. Rahul will fancy his chances of dominating against the RR line-up. His experience and consistency will be pivotal. Samson will be immense for RR in Buttler’s absence and he holds the key for his side in leading the charge.
Chris Morris is the lone all-rounder who is an obvious selection. He has 14 wickets for RR already this season. He is the power player who can boost the morale of his side.
In the bowling department, Sakariya and Rashid are two important picks. Sakariya has done well in the chances he got to cement a spot. Playing for India in Sri Lanka will bolster his confidence. Rashid is a premier spinner and his presence lifts this PBKS side. His googlies are terrific and can outfox the batsmen.
Dream11 fantasy: Captain Choices
KL Rahul: With 331 runs, Rahul is already in the race alongside Shikhar Dhawan (380) for the prestigious Orange Cap. He is the holder as well and the amount of runs scored since 2-18 shows his consistency for Punjab. He can set the tone with a crucial knock for his side.
Evin Lewis: The West Indian was the second-highest run-scorer in the CPL and comes to the RR side with plenty of confidence. Lewis had earlier played for Mumbai in the IPL and knows what can be expected of him. The aggressive Lewis can be ominous given his abilities.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain Choices
In terms of vice-captaincy, Rashid and Miller are the two top choices. Rashid is in good form as seen in The Hundred as well and can mix his variations well. Miller played some crucial knocks for SA recently and scripted several records. His experience for RR will be massive.
Other choices: Sakaria and Morris.
Pitch report and conditions
The pitch will get slower as the match progresses and anything around the 160-run mark will be challenging as seen in the CSK-MI encounter. Pacers will enjoy bowling here as the pacers claimed 13 wickets in the CSK-MI match. As per reports, the temperatures will hover around the 40-degree mark and since the matches are late in the evening, the dew factor will be important. Anything around 160 will be a tough total.
The two teams have faced each other on 22 occasions. RR have won 12 matches, whereas PBKS have sealed 10 wins.
RR have the edge over PBKS given the latter’s struggles with the middle order. RR also have a better dimensional attack.