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IPL 2022, PBKS vs RR Preview: Rajasthan Royals would like to get back on track against Punjab Kings

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Rajasthan Royals players after getting a wicket in the match against KKR

Rajasthan Royals will look to overcome their batting woes to get back on track in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Punjab Kings on Saturday. The Royals team was once giving tough competition to Gujarat Titans for the top spot but recently their performance has taken a beating. He will now face Punjab after losing to Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.

Punjab, on the other hand, are buoyed by an eight-wicket victory over points table toppers Gujarat. The Mayank Agarwal-led side would like to continue their winning campaign to keep their playoff hopes alive. Rajasthan are currently ranked third in the points table and the main credit goes to Jos Buttler, who has scored the highest 588 runs in the current tournament so far.

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Against Mumbai, he alone took over the responsibility while against Kolkata he failed. Rajasthan lost both these matches. Two other top-order batsmen, Devdutt Padikkal and skipper Sanju Samson, have been able to perform well in pieces. Both of them need to take more responsibility. The team has been trying out different players at number four and if Shimron Hetmyer is fielded at this position, then its top four batsmen can tear down any bowling attack.

Rajasthan need to score big in position to bat first as they suffered three out of four losses when they did not score big while batting first. Rajasthan’s bowling attack is strong but their bowlers were unable to defend the scores of 158 and 152 in the last two matches. It was definitely a low score as Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Sen and Pramukh Krishna, currently the highest wicket-taker in the tournament, have bowled impressively.

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It will not be easy for the Punjab batsmen to face the bowling of Royals. Punjab’s batting lacks consistency. Shikhar Dhawan is the most successful batsman in the team right now. Liam Livingstone and Bhanuka Rajapakse have also batted well in the middle but they have to put up a good game together. Jonny Bairstow has not been able to bat explosively according to his fame while Agarwal’s bat is also not working which is a matter of concern for the team.

In the last match, Punjab bowlers did well to restrict Gujarat to less than 150 runs. Kagiso Rabada returned to form with four wickets each in the last two matches. Arshdeep Singh has bowled very well for Punjab. He hasn’t taken many wickets but has bowled economical.

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The teams are as follows:

Punjab Kings: Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal (c), Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Shah Rukh Khan, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma, Ishan Porel, Liam Livingstone, Odeon Smith, Sandeep Sharma, Raj Angad Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Prerak Mankad, Vaibhav Arora, Hrithik Chatterjee, Baltej Dhanda, Ansh Patel, Nathan Ellis, Atharva Taede, Bhanuka Rajapakse, Benny Howell.

Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (Captain), Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Pranam Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal, Riyan Parag, KC Cariappa, Navdeep Saini, Obed McCoy, Anuy Singh, Kuldeep Sen , Karun Nair, Dhruv Jurel, Tejas Baroka, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubham Garwal, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rasi van der Dussen, Daryl Mitchell.

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