Yet another Saturday arrives in the Indian T20 League and it brings a double dose of cricket our way. The afternoon game is between Punjab Kings (PBKS) and the Royals from Rajasthan (RR) in the extreme heat of Mumbai.
RR are presently in third place in the points table, having won six of their ten matches. The Royals, on the other hand, have lost their last two games to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Mumbai Indians (MI).
Meanwhile, the Punjab Kings trounced the new entrants Gujarat Titans (GT) in their earlier IPL 2022 group round match, despite some dismal outcomes. The bowling department at PBKS is doing nicely. The Kings will be concerned about skipper Mayank Agarwal’s dismal form.
PBKS vs RR – Match Details
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: May 7, 3:30 PM
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network for Television and Disney + Hotstar app for live streaming.
The Wankhede Stadium has seen some high-scoring matches, and the contest between Rajasthan and Punjab could be no different. We can expect some assistance for the spinners, but it will be a nice track for the batsmen overall.
There will be no dew because it is a day match, thus the captains may elect to bat first and defend the target afterwards.
Shikhar Dhawan has been in excellent form for his new franchise Punjab Kings, scoring 369 runs at an average of 46 and a strike rate of 124 in ten matches. He will be a significant role in this match.
Jos Buttler, the wicket-keeper hitter, has been in superb form thus far in the competition. However, he was unable to build on his last match’s strong start. The right-handed hitter is the tournament’s leading run-scorer and will be looking to get his team off to a good start against the Punjab Kings.
Punjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma.
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Karun Nair/Rassie van der Dussen, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen.