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PBKS vs RR Head to Head, Preview, Playing XI, Where to Watch Details

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One of the finest teams on paper, RR have faced two losses on the trot and are in a tight spot.

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Rajasthan Royals. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) will lock horns in Match 52 of the Indian Premier League 2022 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Kings are at seventh position in the points table with five victories, while Royals sit at the third spot with six wins in 10 appearances.

In their last fixture against Gujarat Titans (GT), PBKS secured a clinical victory by eight wickets. After restricting the opposition to a score of 143, they chased down the total in 16 overs. The best performing bowler for the team was Kagiso Rabada with four wickets, and the duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Bhanuka Rajapaksa contributed 62* and 40, respectively.

On the other hand, RR have sustained two losses on the trot. In their last outing, the team could manage to score only 152 runs on the back of a half-century from Sanju Samson. Later, Trent Boult tried his best, but the spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin returned wicketless as the team failed to defend their score.

Pitch and conditions

The Wankhede Stadium has been a belter of a surface and is likely to assist the batters as it has during the past few years as well. On most occasions, the team chasing down the score has won on most occasions. The totals of around 180 will be a par score at this venue.

Playing combinations for PBKS vs RR

Punjab Kings 

PBKS finally produced their best performance in the tournament in their last outing. The Proteas pacer Rabada has been consistent to take wickets, and the likes of Dhawan, Rajapaksa, and the Englishman Liam Livingstone have been terrific with the bat to steer the team to a big score.

Although Jonny Bairstow is not in good form, he is expected to get more chances as an opener. Spinner Rahul Chahar injured his hand in the last fixture, and is likely to miss the game. Harpreet Brar can fill his boots in this fixture.

Probable XI: Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mayank Agarwal (c), Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar/Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma

Rajasthan Royals

One of the finest teams on paper, RR have faced two losses on the trot and are in a tight spot. The team tried out Daryl Mitchell in the middle-order, but he returned with average performance. In the last league match, Karun Nair was given an opportunity and he is likely to retain his place despite being dismissed for 13. The bowlers have done well on most occasions and the likes of Chahal and Ashwin will look to bounce back in this fixture.

Probable XI: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Karun Nair, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen

PBKS vs RR Head-to-Head

Played – 23 | Punjab Kings – 10 | Rajasthan Royals – 13

PBKS vs RR Broadcast Details

Match Timings – 03:30 PM IST

TV – Star Sports Network

Live Streaming – Disney+Hotstar

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