Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals face each other in match. number 52 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season

Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals face each other in match number 52 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 season on Saturday. Having played 10 games, PBKS have enjoyed 5 wins and 5 losses. RR have six wins and four losses from 10 games and are 3rd.

Analysis of PBKS

PBKS overcame an in-form GT in the last game. An all-round display was on offer. Shikhar Dhawan scored a supreme unbeaten 62 in a chase of 144. Consistent forces Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Liam Livingstone played crucial knocks as well. Once again, PBKS will rely on these players against a solid RR bowling side.

With the ball, PBKS are well stocked. Kagiso Rabada has done well and can be influential. He has 17 scalps from nine games. Spinner Rahul Chahar has done a reasonable job with 12 scalps from 10 games. Arshdeep Singh is a productive asset as well. Overall, PBKS bowling has what it takes to offer a stern test.

Analysis of RR

After winning 3 successive games, RR suffered 2 successive losses versus MI and KKR. Jos Buttler remains the main force for RR. He has scored in excess of 500 runs in IPL 2022. Sanju Samson has been enjoying himself. He has scored 298 runs from 10 games, including a fifty versus KKR. Shimron Hetmyer can be a driving force as a finisher. Riyan Parag has chipped in as well.

With the ball, RR will rely a lot on Yuzvendra Chahal. He is the Purple Cap holder this season with 19 scalps. Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna will back themselves to make things tougher for PBKS. R Ashwin will want to exploit with his mean offerings. He has done a reasonable job in IPL 2022.

Head-to-head record

In 23 games, RR have won 13 versus PBKS, who have sealed 10 wins.

What is the expected playing XI of both sides?

PBKS predicted playing XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh

RR predicted playing XI: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (captain & wicket-keeper), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Daryl Mitchell, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Sen, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal

Which team is the predicted winner?

We feel RR can bounce back here versus PBKS and force a solid clash. RR have the credentials to come out strong. They need a better show all around and force PBKS into making errors. 

Key details about the pitch, timing, and TV listing

Wankhede has given us good even games in IPL 2022. The wicket has averaged close to 175 in the first innings. Pacers can have a say by bowling intelligently. Spinners will need to bowl in the right channels and use variations.

The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. Viewers can stream the same on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription). The match will start at 3:30 PM IST.

The major batting stats on offer

Mayank, who has 2,292 runs in the IPL, needs 43 runs to surpass Sachin Tendulkar (2,334). Jos has scored 588 runs in IPL 2022 and can surpass 600, becoming the first player to do so. Dhawan needs 8 fours more to slam a mark of 700 (692).

The major bowling stats on offer

Rabada has 17 scalps in IPL 2022 at 16.05. Overall, he has picked 93 scalps and can surpass Chris Morris (95). Chahal has 19 scalps in IPL 2022 and has 158 overall. He can become the 4th bowler with 160-plus scalps in IPL.

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 1)

Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, B Rajapaksa, Shimron Hetmyer, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson

All-rounders: Liam Livingstone

Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Y Chahal, Kuldeep Sen, Prasidh Krishna

Dream11 Fantasy XI (Option 2)

Batsmen: Shikhar Dhawan, B Rajapaksa, Shimron Hetmyer, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson

All-rounders: Liam Livingstone, R Ashwin

Bowlers: Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Y Chahal, Kuldeep Sen

Dream11 Fantasy XI: Captain and vice-captain choices

Jos Buttler: With 588 runs, Buttler is enjoying a different phase altogether. He can be massive versus PBKS and change the game. Buttler has batted at a different level this season. He will be a key figure for RR.

Shikhar Dhawan: A sheer consistent force, Dhawan is already amongst the runs (369) and is playing well. He can set the platform for his side and play a mature looking knock. He is a champion performer.

Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain choices

Kagiso Rabada: With 17 scalps, Rabada is back in business. He has come in and produced spells which have led to PBKS doing well. He has a solid pace on offer and can be influential.

Y Chahal: The wrist-spinner has claimed 19 wickets in IPL 2022. He will look to present his best self and enjoy bowling. He has bowled in the right areas, forcing players to make mistakes.

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