IPL 2024: Rajasthan Royals eye resurgence against Punjab Kings in second home | Cricket News

May15,2024


Samson, homegrown player Parag in spotlight as Punjab look to damage top 2 hopes
Guwahati: Like Royal Family' As the caravan moves from its desert home in Rajasthan to its second 'home' in the flood-ravaged lands of Assam, they will be looking for the rosy hue of health that has deserted them recently.
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Until a few weeks ago, Rajasthan Royals (RR)'s Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on Wednesday served as a dress rehearsal for the previous league's 'guaranteed' top-of-the-table finish. was going. There will be a clash with Kolkata Knight Riders on the same ground on Sunday.
However, a hat-trick of defeats in the month of May has taken a blow to the Royals' fortunes and their 'invincible' tag has lost some of its luster as the season has progressed. While likely to finish as table toppers after the league stage, the Royals find themselves in a position where they need to win at least one of the remaining two games to ensure a top-two finish along with KKR. , who have already sealed it after Monday. The night's match with Gujarat Titans was washed out due to rain. KKR have 19 points from 13 matches while RR are behind them with 16 points from 12 matches.

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Under the leadership of a charismatic captain of his kind sanju samsonThe Royals will find no better opponent than the much-vaunted, depleted Kings to clinch the coveted top-two finish before taking on strong-led KKR at the Barsapara Cricket Stadium.
However, going into the crucial game, RR will miss the services of the explosive opener jos buttler Who has returned home to lead England against Pakistan in the four-match T20 series as part of preparations for the upcoming t20 world cup In June. Likely to partner fellow uncapped English opener Tom Kohler-Cadmore Yashasvi Jaiswal At the top of the order.

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Both Samson and local boy Riyan Parag have played important roles in the Royals' stellar batting form since the start of the season, despite Jaiswal and Buttler not being able to provide much returns early on. With familiarity with the strip and conditions, Ryan will be ready to make some valuable contributions on his true home ground.
In terms of bowling, the Royals have a balanced unit with Kiwi fast bowler Trent Boult leading the pace group along with Sandeep Sharma and Avesh Khan. Ravichandran Ashwin And Yuzvendra Chahal Has performed his responsibility well in the spin department.
Already languishing at the bottom with eight points from 12 matches, the Punjab camp was dealt an even bigger blow with the news of the unavailability of some regular players ahead of the final game.
Shikhar Dhawan, who has missed most of the season due to a shoulder injury, has reportedly been ruled out of the last two matches, while Jonny Bairstow and stand-in captain Sam Curran are set to leave for England after Wednesday's game, leading to Punjab will have to suffer losses. Sunrisers Hyderabad are tasked with finding another captain for their last game. Liam Livingstone and Chris Woakes have already left India.
Apart from the English players, Proteas fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, who has not had a good season, was conspicuous by his absence in the Punjab practice on Tuesday evening and is understood to be leaving for home as he is suffering from an abscess.
In the absence of globally known faces, the onus is again on Shashank Singh, Ashutosh Sharma to help Punjab finish the season on a high. However, with not much at stake, an independent could spoil the Punjab Royals' 'home' comfort as the home heroes look to grab the limelight with brilliant individual performances.

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