Series: Indian Premier League 2022
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: May 07, 03:30 PM LOCAL
Head-to-head: Since 2018, both teams have won 4 games each, but overall, the Royals lead the tally 13-10.
What to expect: It’s a day game, so the dew factor won’t be factored in the decision to bat first or chase. Both teams have lost more games at the Wankhede than they’ve won, with 9 losses each.
Tactics and Matchups: We could see RR’s spin duo in action quite early in the game. Mayank may be striking at 170.21 against Chahal, but the legspinner has dismissed him 5 times. Mayank averages just 16 against Chahal and 18.33 against Ashwin. Chahal against PBKS has 25 wickets in 16 games, averaging 17.08 and conceding ay 7.88.
Samson struggled last game with a bad back against KKR, but he should be available against PBKS.
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
Tactics and Matchups: Sandeep Sharma could be pushed for later in the innings given how comfortably Jos Buttler has scored 82 runs in 35 balls against the pacer. Buttler also strikes at over 180 against Rabada, with PBKS needing to find a way to dismiss him early to avoid springing into damage control mode. Arshdeep is their best bet, with him picking 10 wickets in 4 matches against RR, striking at 9 and averaging 14.40. Rabada too has picked 9 wickets in 5 matches.
Probable XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma
Did you know?
Between them, Punjab & Rajasthan have won only three tosses in 20 games in IPL 2022.
Livingstone is second in the list of SR this season sitting just a few paces below that of topper Dinesh Karthik (100+ balls).
Trent Boult has the worst economy rate in death overs in 2022 (minimum eight overs). He has leaked at 13.62 an over.
Rabada is seven away from the 100-wicket milestone and has picked four wickets apiece in each of the last two matches.
Punjab Kings Squad: Jonny Bairstow, Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal(c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma(w), Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Ishan Porel, Harpreet Brar, Prabhsimran Singh, Nathan Ellis, Vaibhav Arora, Benny Howell, Baltej Singh, Writtick Chatterjee, Prerak Mankad, Atharva Taide, Ansh Patel, Raj Bawa
Rajasthan Royals Squad: Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson(w/c), Karun Nair, Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Sen, James Neesham, Rassie van der Dussen, Navdeep Saini, KC Cariappa, Daryl Mitchell, Obed McCoy, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anunay Singh, Dhruv Jurel, Shubham Garhwal