Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings are set to cross swords in the fourth of the 2021 IPL at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Last year of IPL 2021, both teams were not qualified for the playoffs; PBKS (then KXIP) finishing sixth and RR finishing eighth.
Furthermore, KL Rahul was the Orange Cap holder of IPL 2020 against Rajasthan Royals. This year Punjab Kings is led by KL Rahul and will start with the same determination and take the team to win IPL 2021 trophy!
Rajasthan Royals were the title winners in the very first season of IPL. However, they were not able to repeat that success again. So, it will be interesting to see how this team will perform in this season. Besides, KL Rahul, Jos Butler, Ben Stokes, and Andrew Tye are the stars of PBKS and will give a top competition to the RR team.
Rajasthan Royals Vs. Punjab Kings, Probable XI, And Prediction
Rajasthan Royals (RR) Probable XI: Sanju Samson (C), Ben Stokes, Shivam Dube, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Kartik Tyagi/Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Mustafizur Rahman.
Punjab Kings (PKBS) Probable XI: KL Rahul (C), Shahrukh Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Fabian Allen/Chris Jordan, Jhye Richardson, Deepak Hooda/Sarfaraz Khan, Mohammed Shami.
Chris Gayle is the top pick for Punjab Kings because he has scored 100+ runs in his last two Pakistan Super League 2021 games. At the same time, Mayank Agarwal was the outstanding player in all his last 5 IPL games, and Jhye Richardson did decently in the series against New Zealand. The team is strong this season and is determined to win IPL 2021 trophy.
On the other hand, Ben Stokes will be a popular captain as well, and according to the reports, he will open the innings. In his last T20Is, he picked up two wickets and scored sixty runs. This year, the Rajasthan Royals will be captained by Sanju Samson, and it will be interesting to see how he leads his team this season.