Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings IPL 2021 is a match between two of the most exciting teams in the tournament. There are a lot of young Indian players surrounded by some of the world's best T20 players on both sides. This is going to be the first time that Sanju Samson is going to be leading the Rajasthan team while the Punjab kings have changed a lot about their squad (including the name) as well. The fact that this match is going to be played in Mumbai is something that neither team would mind as the conditions should suit them well.
Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings IPL 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
The quality of overseas players in the Rajasthan Royals is just amazing. England is the best white-ball team in the world right now and its best players are playing for Rajasthan. It also has some very exciting Indian youngsters. The team's youth and fearlessness is its biggest strength. Its weakness is the other side of the coin: a lack of experience. The bowling attack could also do with some quality Indian players.
Punjab Kings were all over the place in the previous season as they chopped, changed, and eventually found their balance a bit too late to make an impact. In this edition, they can build from that and actually start with some important things in place. The quality of the Indian bowlers in the side remains a weakness for the Punjab Kings as well.
Players in form
Ben Stokes should bat at the top of the order as he did in the previous season. He played some brilliant knocks for England just a few weeks back and is definitely in great form. David Miller got some runs against Pakistan very recently as well and he could be someone that gets a chance to make an impact in this season as well.
Dawid Malan is ranked as the best T20 batsman in the world. He is going to be a very valuable addition to the Punjab Kings and could play a huge role in the middle-order. Chris Gayle is still going strong at the age of 41 and the Universe Boss is not a player to be underestimated even at this late stage in his career. The extra pace of Riley Meredith is going to be a big attraction as well.
The match is going to be played in Mumbai, a high-scoring venue in the past. The batsmen always tend to dominate and the matches are usually very high-scoring. We think the fast bowlers are going to enjoy the conditions as well since the Wankhede pitch generally has some bounce in it as well. The spinners from both sides are going to have to come up with new tricks to survive.
- Rajasthan Royals has won 12 out of the 21 matches played between these two sides
- This is the first time that the Rajasthan Royals and the Punjab Kings are going to be playing against each other at the Wankhede Stadium
- Rajasthan Royals won both matches against Punjab Kings in 2020, however, Punjab Kings won both matches in 2019.
- Sanju Samson has scored 406 runs against the Punjab Kings, the most for any batsman in the two squads right now.
Punjab Kings have a very strong batting lineup. Lokesh Rahul is consistently one of the top-scorers in the IPL over the last few seasons. he is going to be supported by Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, and Dawid Malan. This is a batting lineup that is capable of winning every game that it plays. The bowling for the Punjab Kings is weak but that is also true for the Rajasthan Royals.
Winner: Punjab Kings ($1.83)