PBKS vs RR Match Preview- IPL 2024, Match 27

Updated - 13 Apr 2024, 05:27 PM

PBKS vs RR Match Preview
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The PBKS vs RR IPL 2024 match will be played at the Mullanpur Stadium in Chandigarh. The match continues the rivalry week in IPL 2024. Both teams will play two matches in this edition of the IPL. 

Date and Venue

The PBKS vs RR IPL 2024 match will be played at the newly-built Mullanpur stadium on Saturday, April 13. The match starts at 7.30 pm IST and is the only match to be played on Saturday. Both teams are heading into this game after a loss in their previous match. 

PBKS vs RR Match Preview- IPL 2024, Match 27

Punjab Kings 

The Kings lost their previous match against SRh in Mullanpur heading into this contest. They reached 180 chasing 182 as Jaydev Unadkar and SRH prevailed in the last over with 29 runs so far.

In the bottom half of the points table, Punjab Kings have won two out of the five games so far. In their last two games, they have played entertaining cricket and a completely different brand of cricket. The bowling attack is looking sharper and also the batters.

There is only one major concern for the side. Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow have been short of runs. They would dearly love both of them to fire together. The other major concern is with the injury of Liam Livingstone. There is still no update as to when will he return to the playing XI. 

PBKS Squad 

Shikhar Dhawan (c), Matthew Short, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Sikandar Raza, Rishi Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Atharva Taide, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Sam Curran, Kagiso Rabada, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Bhatia, Vidwath Kaverappa, Shivam Singh, Harshal Patel, Chris Woakes, Ashutosh Sharma, Vishwanath Pratap Singh, Shashank Singh, Tanay Thyagarajann, Prince Choudhary, Rilee Rossouw. 

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Rajasthan Royals 

The Royals lost their previous match against Gujarat Titans in Jaipur. The Titans became the first team to beat Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur as they breached their fortress. They like chasing and they completed yet another tough chase chasing down 197. 

However, the Royals should not be too disappointed with the effort and many things happened right for them as a team. Their top-order got runs and their bowlers too came to the party. The real challenge for them now is to win away from home. They won their first away match against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede.

RR Squad 

Sanju Samson (c), Jos Buttler, Shimron Hetmyer, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Dhruv Jurel, Riyan Parag, Donovan Ferreira, Kunal Rathore, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Sen, Navdeep Saini, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Sharma, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Avesh Khan, Rovman Powell, Shubham Dubey, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Abid Mushtaq, Nandre Burger 

PBKS vs RR Key Battles

Jos Buttler vs Kagiso Rabada 

Rabada has not allowed Buttler to dominate him thoroughly in the IPL. He has dismissed him twice going for 71 runs. Both will come face-to-face early in this match. 

Shikhar Dhawan vs Trent Boult 

Dhawan will play Boult inside the powerplay where he has been dismissed in the last couple of games. Boult has a habit of taking wickets inside the powerplay and he will be eyeing the prized wicket of the PBKS skipper. 

Sanju Samson vs Arshdeep Singh

Samson will face up against Arshdeep Singh. The Rajasthan Royals skipper has dominated the PBKS pacer scoring 57 runs in 30 balls against him being dismissed only once. 

PBKS vs RR Key Players

For RR, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, and Riyan Parag are key batters with Yashasvi Jaiswal struggling for form. With the ball, Boult, Chahal, and Ashwin are key.

PBKS have heavily relied on Shikhar Dhawan to give them a good consistent start. He is the most important batter for them in the side. He needs a big score in this match. Alongside him, finishers Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma will be key if they get a chance. With the ball, Arshdeep Singh, Rabada, and Harpreet Brar are key with Harshal Patel being expensive so far.

PBKS vs RR Weather and Pitch Report

The weather conditions will be cloudy for the PBKS vs RR IPL 2024 match. There is an outside chance that this match high be interrupted by rain at some point in time. With weather concerns, the team winning the toss will prefer chasing and the Kings have been good so far in chases. 

Speaking about the pitch, it is a true wicket with even pace bounce and carry. Spinners have had purchases from the surface as well. This being a day-night game, dew might come into play. 174 and 182 have been posted in the two matches batting first. This proved that this is a fairly high-scoring pitch.

Conclusion

Punjab Kings will be playing four games at home before they take on KKR at the Eden Gardens on April 26. They started with a loss against SRH and need to make the most of home conditions in the remaining three games. The Royals despite the loss, look like a comprehensive unit capable of beating the Kings at their den.

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