IPL Live Score RR vs PBKS: It’s Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals today


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Times of India | April 13, 2024, 17:27:05 IST

IPL Live Score RR vs PBKS: Frustrated Rajasthan Royals will have to focus on better execution of their strategies for quick turnaround when they face highly inconsistent but capable Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League match on Saturday.

The Royals had a great chance to register their fifth consecutive win and consolidate their totem pole status, but Rashid Khan's courageous attack helped Gujarat Titans seal the win on the last ball on Wednesday.

This could be a crushing blow for the Royals in Fort Jaipur, and as such, they would look to take this as an aberration and produce a more polished performance against the Punjab team.

But it also exposed some complicated thinking.

The Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan team lost to the Titans due to poor efforts from Kuldeep Sen (19th over) and Avesh Khan (20th over) in a crucial over when they conceded 35 runs in 12 balls.

Here, the Royals made a slight tactical error by not allowing Trent Boult to complete his quota in that match, as the experienced left-arm pacer finished the match at 2-0-8-0.

There is no doubt that Boult could have made changes to the script, but Samson leaving that option unused was a bit surprising.

Of course, Boult has been used extensively with the new ball in this edition of the IPL, but nothing matters more than experience in difficult conditions.

Hence, Royals will be looking for improvement in the strategy and execution part against the Kings.

The team, captained by Shikhar Dhawan, has faced heat and cold in the tournament so far, winning two and losing three out of five matches.

The main reason for their poor performance this year has been the poor form of their capped batsmen, as Punjab relied on cameos from uncapped Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma to boost their batting.

Opener Jonny Bairstow (5 matches, 81 runs) and middle-order batsman Jitesh Sharma (5 matches, 77 runs) have been the weakest, and this has taken away their rhythm at the beginning and end of their innings.

Sam Curran has been above average with the ball, taking six wickets in five matches, but despite scoring 63 runs, the England all-rounder has missed the halfway mark with the bat.

The absence of injured Liam Livingstone in the middle-order has also reduced their firepower, and the Kings will hope the Englishman gets back into their ranks as soon as possible.

In contrast, Punjab's bowlers have fared slightly better, but their tendency to give away big runs while bowling first will be a matter of concern.

The group of bowlers comprising Kagiso Rabada and Arshdeep Singh have conceded 199, 199 and 182 runs in their last three matches and they will need to break this pattern against the Royals.

This is easier said than done as the Royals' batting unit is in good shape with 185 being their lowest total while batting first.

Outside of the match count, the Royals will have another big concern to address. In the last few editions of the IPL, the Royals started off strongly, as they did this year, but slowed down after the mid-season.

As a result, they have managed to qualify for the play-offs only twice in the last six seasons. The Royals will be hopeful that the defeat against GT is not the beginning of another slump.

Teams (from):

Punjab Kings: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Matthew Short, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Sikandar Raza, Rishi Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Atharva Tyde, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis, Sam Curran, Kagiso Rabada, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Bhatia. , Vidwath Kawarappa, Shivam Singh, Harshal Patel, Chris Woakes, Ashutosh Sharma, Vishwanath Pratap Singh, Shashank Singh, Tanay Thiagarajan, Prince Choudhary, Riley Rossouw.

Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (captain), Jos Buttler, Shimron Hetmyer, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Dhruv Jurel, Ryan Parag, Donovan Ferreira, Krunal Rathore, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Sen, Navdeep Saini, Sandeep Sharma, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal, Avesh Khan. , Rovman Powell, Shubham Dubey, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Abid Mushtaq, Nandre Berger, Tanush Kotian, Keshav Maharaj.
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