We are in Mumbai for the 4th match of the season between the RAJASTHAN ROYALS & PUNJAB KINGS.
Let’s talk about RR first, after finishing at the bottom of the table in the last season of the IPL RR will look to enter the top 4 this year. RR has removed Steave Smith from the team & made young Sanju Samson their new captain. The wicket-keeper batsman from Kerla who is with RR from the start of his career. Rajasthan has shown the faith in him & given him the captaincy. RR had lot of options for the captaincy spot including Ben Stokes & Jos Buttler but they have chosen a young indian talent. after winning the opening season of IPL in 2008 RR haven’t had any success in the tournament off late. last season they started well in their first two matches in Sharjah but they failed to take on the momentum & then lost so many matches consecatively.
Now let’s talk about the opposition newly named PUNJAB KINGS. they have changed their name this season but can they change their fortunes. they haven’t won a single IPL trophy till now. one thing we get with PBKS is the constant change in their captains. but this year they are looking a really strong team on the paper, they have same captain this season KL Rahul, who is in the great from from the last year’s season all though he was dropped from the Indian T20I team but he made a great comeback in the ODI series against England scoring 1 century & a Fifty i a three match series. PBKS has bought NO.1 T20I batsmen this year Dawid Malan they will hope that Malan contributes to them as he does with his national side. so they will hope to enter this year’s playoffs & win the title for the 1st time.
Venue & Conditions :As we know every team is playing at the neutral venue this year, so this match will take place in WANKHEDE STADIUM, MUMBAI. Mumbai’s pitch assists the pace so both teams will go with an extra pace option. & in last match DC chased 190 very easily so team winning the toss will bowl first.
Probable Playing 11s :
RAJASTHAN ROYALS : Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (c), Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Liam Livingstone, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi.
PUNJAB KINGS : KL Rahul (c & WK), Mayank Agerwal, Chris Gayle, Prabhsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Deepak Hooda, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi.