The 52nd match of IPL 15 will be played between Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today. The match will start at 3:30 PM at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Talking about Punjab, this team has won five matches after playing 10 matches. Its net run rate is -0.229.
On the other hand, Rajasthan has also played 10 matches and has won six matches. RR has a net run rate of +0.340. Apart from Butler, other batsmen will also have to bat with full responsibility if Rajasthan has to come a long way in IPL 15.
PBKS vs RR: Match Preview
Punjab has made a strong comeback
Punjab is back on a winning path led by skipper Mayank Agarwal. After defeating Chennai Super Kings and knocking them out of the tournament, Punjab also chased the target given by table topper Gujarat in 16 overs.
Although GT did not make much difference to this defeat, but a big win must have boosted the enthusiasm of the PBKS players. The architects of the victory were the bowlers of Punjab. He will be expected to bowl against Rajasthan too.
The biggest problem for Punjab is the poor performance of their captain Mayank. Liam Livingstone has made the record for the longest six of the season by hitting a huge six of 117 meters. Another strong performance will defiantly take the team ahead.
Rajasthan captain will have to perform
Rajasthan Royals is definitely present in the top 4 but its performance has seen a decline. Apart from Jos Buttler, no batsman took the responsibility of scoring during the defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders. If the team is not able to set a big target despite Butler's 67, then it is an alarm bell for Rajasthan.
Sanju Samson is one of the most talented players of Indian cricket. But he has to win matches with his performance. There have been sporadic runs in some innings from Sanju's bat but the big innings have been missing so far.
RR Probable XI: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Karun Nair, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen
PBKS Probable XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma