October 27, 2021
IPL 2021

VIVO IPL – Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings: Who will win the match?

The 4th match of the VIVO IPL 2021 sees a clash between two of the best performers of the previous season, the Rajasthan Royals and the Punjab Kings. The match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai at 7:30 PM IST.

Punjab Kings, who are now a revamped side with a new name, new logo and a comprehensive squad, appear to be stronger on the paper. Meanwhile Rajasthan Royals also have added big guns to their squad after the mini-auction. Both the teams had ended up at the bottom places on the points chart last year despite their thrilling performances and will look to turn the tables.

Rajasthan Royals will be led by Sanju Samson this year.  The wicket-keeper batsman had been the leading run-scorer for the team with 375 runs from 14 matches, at a strike rate of 158.89. The big-hitters duo of Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes had been vital in the games last season, and they both are the best people the team can bank on.

 In the bowling department, Rajasthan Royals has the top-class bowling all-rounder Rahul Tewatia, playing along with the likes of Shreyas Gopal, who was the team’s second leading wicket-taker after Jofra Archer in the previous season.  With their best bowler Jofra Archer being out of action, Andrew Tye and Mustafizur Rahman might add the much-needed balance.

Punjab Kings, led by the leading run-getter of the IPL 2020, KL Rahul, have roped in Dawid Malan, one of the best batsmen in the world, and Shahrukh Khan, the young gun. Mayank Agarwal who had scored a career-high 424 runs including 2 half-centuries and his debut century last year, also complements the team.

In their bowling department, they have Mohammed Shami, along with the pace duo- Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith. Adding to the blend, Chris Jordan’s fast-bowling, the team is going to be indestructible. With a reformed unit like this, the Punjab Kings will look to end their trophy drought this time.

Both the teams will be eager to pile on the crucial points and start their season with a victory. Can they do it?

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