The 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has kickstarted in a grand manner as we already witnessed some exemplary performances by the players. With three matches done and dusted we have the fourth match of the season scheduled to take place between the Rajasthan Royals and the Punjab Kings at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, this Monday.
In regards to the last season, it was undoubtedly the Rajasthan Royals who were ahead in the head-to-head duel as both the matches saw KL Rahul and Co. end up on the losing side. Despite their success against the Punjab side, the Royals found themselves at the bottom of the table at the end of the season.
Can Rajasthan Royals continue their domination over the Punjab side? Or will KL Rahul and Co. come out all guns blazing?
Match Toss Time: 19:00 Local (13:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 19:30 Local (14:00 GMT)
Match Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Once again we saw the spinners being taken away for runs and the match between CSK and DC saw the veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin finish with his second-worst figures in the league. While the pacers are seen doing the job and the left-handers having a good time at the Wankhede. It would be vital to have them in your picks.
Head to Head
Matches Played: 21, Rajasthan Royals: 12, Punjab Kings: 9
The conditions are well in favor of cricket as clear skies are expected throughout the course of the day. The temperature is expected to be hovering in the 32-28 degree Celsius and the humidity at the peak is likely to touch the 51 percent mark.
The match between CSK and DC did all justice to the surface as the pitch looks to be an absolute belter. We do not expect much to change for this encounter as the pitch is still afresh and we might be looking at a match aggregate of around the 380 mark. The team winning the toss should be looking to bowl first as the dew is expected to play a vital role once again.
Rajasthan Royals will be without the services of their premier pacer- Jofra Archer who is still recovering from a shoulder injury. As per the latest reports the English are set to miss at least the first 4 weeks of action. Though RR would feel relieved as they have an ideal replacement for Archer in the form of the proteas all-rounder Chris Morris.
Punjab Kings on the other hand have not reported any injuries and it would be interesting to see who among Chris Gayle and World no.1 Dawid Malan would the management likely go ahead with.
Probable Playing Xl
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Jos Buttler (Wk), David Miller, Sanju Samson (C), Manan Vohra, Ben Stokes, Chris Morris, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Mayank Markande
Punjab Kings (PK): Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (C&Wk), Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Jalaj Saxena, Moises Henriques, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Jhye Richardson
KL Rahul after a string of poor performances struck gold in the recently concluded series against England and for that reason, the last season’s orange cap winner is a must-have in your line-up. The other must-pick in your line-up could be the in-form Jos Buttler and all-rounders Ben Stokes and Chris Morris.
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