PBKS vs RR IPL 2024 Match Preview, Head-to-head, Possible XIs and Dream11 Team Prediction

Read the full match preview, head-to-head stats, possible playing XIs, and Dream11 team prediction of the PBKS vs RR match in IPL 2024 at the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium in Punjab on 13th April, Saturday.

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PBKS vs RR IPL 2024 Match Preview

PBKS vs RR IPL 2024 Match Preview

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Shikhar Dhawan's Punjab Kings are all set to face Sanju Samson's Rajasthan Royals in match No. 27 of IPL 2024 on Saturday, 13th April, at the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium in Punjab. PBKS have started this season with two victories and three losses while RR are sitting at the top of the points table and have won four out of the five matches they have played. PBKS will be trying to get their third victory of this season while RR will be hoping to get back on their winning path, registering their fifth victory of the season. From possible playing XIs to Dream11 predictions, here is everything you need to know about the PBKS vs RR match in IPL 2024.

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Match Details

How to watch the PBKS vs RR IPL 2024 Match?

The Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals IPL 2024 match will be televised on Star Sports Network. All the Indian Premier League matches will be streamed free on the Jio Cinema app and website.

Pitch & Weather Report

The Mullanpur is set to host its third match. A few domestic games have been played at the venue and the pitch and conditions might change after a few games. It suits the bowlers, particularly the slower bowlers. Teams may prefer bowling first after winning the toss. The average 1st innings score at this venue in the last 20 matches is 147 runs. The PBKS vs DC match was the first IPL game that was being played at Mullanpur and Punjab won that game while chasing the target of 175. SRH won the second match after defending 182 runs.

The temperature will be around 27 degrees Celsius. The humidity will be at 18-19 percent and there is no chance of rain.

PBKS vs RR: Head-to-Head Record

Punjab and Rajasthan have faced each other in 26 matches. Rajasthan have a slight advantage with 15 wins while Kings managed to win 11 matches.
  • Total matches played: 26
  • Rajasthan Royals won: 15
  • Punjab Kings won: 11
  • No result: 0


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Team News

Punjab Kings

The opening pair Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow have only put together one fifty-plus partnership this season. They both are having a terrible season and a strong opening pair is very important for a good start to any game. Dhawan has made 152 runs in five matches and looks completely out of touch. Bairstow has become a liability for the team and it seems Punjab are only using him as they don't have many options left on the bench.

Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma are playing the role of finishers for Punjab
Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma are playing the role of finishers for Punjab | Image: BCCI

Jitesh Sharma has made impactful cameos in the last two matches but the management is sending him out to bat so late. Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma have shown what they can do and right now they are the only positive in PBKS' batting. Sam Curran has done decently in the tournament so far. His contributions in both departments are vital to PBKS. He won the first game for PBKS with the bat and showed his bowling prowess in the match against LSG, picking up three wickets. Curran can be considered an unlucky player at the moment as he is bowling good sometimes but the fielders are dropping catches and while in the batting, he isn't getting any support from the other end. He is a top all-rounder and Punjab should manage him properly.

Sikandar Raza featured in the last two matches in place of injured Liam Livingstone but the all-rounder hasn't lived up to the expectations. Raza's form is crucial for the Kings as he can make the job of Shashank and Ashutosh much easier. Harpreet Brar, who started the season on a high is now struggling to get anything fruitful from his bowling. But, he is a good spinner and will try to make a comeback strongly.

It seems like Harshal Patel is not a professional bowler. He hasn't delivered or justified his price yet and no one expecting anything from him. PBKS are just playing him because they paid a huge money for him at the Auction. His poor form or whatever is just going on and on. Kagiso Rabada is the main strength of Punjab's bowling unit and the Proteas seamer will have a tough task against RR's strong batting line-up. Arshdeep Singh picked up four wickets in the last game and is performing in one or another game this season so Punjab will expect something similar from the left-handed pacer.

Rajasthan Royals

RR will continue with Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler at the top. Jaiswal needs to bat well and return to form as soon as possible. Jos Buttler played a brilliant knock against RCB but other than that, this has been a poor season for Buttler so far. Buttler can win matches on his own and he needs to bring some consistency in his game. Rajasthan's middle order is solid. At number 3, Sanju Samson has been great for his side. He has led from the front, scoring runs and making good decisions for his team. Riyan Parag is the best player in Rajasthan's setup and he is scoring runs for fun right now.

Hetmyer was very good for RR in the IPL 2022  but in 2023, he didn't have a good season. In 2024, Hetmyer has not gotten many chances. Dhruv Jurel has struggled as a lower middle-order batsman and he hasn't got a lot of chances either. Shubham Dubey is coming on as an impact player for RR in the last few matches. He hasn't had enough opportunities to perform but he can bring stability to the setup with his all-round skills.

PBKS vs RR: Chahal is having a superb season at Rajasthan
PBKS vs RR: Chahal is having a superb season at Rajasthan | Image: Getty

Ravichandran Ashwin is having an underrated season. The experienced RR spinner is helping the side both as a batter and a bowler. The 37-year-old can bowl economical spells from his end which helps bowlers at the other end to take wickets. Ashwin is also having a good season as a batter too. He has scored some important runs here and there for his side.

Trent Boult and Nandre Burger will continue to lead the pace attack. In the middle overs, RR has a lot of options. Yuzvendra Chahal has been at hisl best. He is scalping wickets from his end without conceding a lot of runs. Kuldeep Sen is an option to bowl in the middle overs if anyone between Chahal or Ashwin having a poor day. Avesh Khan is bowling in the death overs who started the season on high but struggling in the last few matches.

Possible XIs

Punjab Kings: Jonny Bairstow, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Shikhar Dhawan (C), Ashutosh Sharma, Shashank Singh, Sikandar Raza, Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, Harshal Patel

Impact Player Subs: P Simran Singh, Harpreet Singh, RR Rossouw, Shivam Singh, Prince Choudhary, A Taide, LS Livingstone, R Dhawan, T Thyagarajan, RD Chahar, Vishwanath Pratap Singh, Chris Woakes, Vidhwath Kaverappa, Nathan Ellis

Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (C), Jos Buttler, Dhruv Jurel, Shimron Hetmyer, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Riyan Parag, Avesh Khan, Nandre Burger, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal

Impact Player Subs: Kunal Singh Rathore, Rovman Powell, D Ferreira, T Kohler-Cadmore, Shubham Dubey, NA Saini, Sandeep Sharma, Abid Mushtaq, KR Sen, TK Kotian, KA Maharaj

PBKS vs RR: Dream XI Team Prediction

PBKS vs RR IPL 2024 Fantasy XI Prediction
PBKS vs RR IPL 2024 Fantasy XI Prediction | SportzPoint
Yashasvi Jaiswal Indian Super League Jos Buttler Shikhar Dhawan Yuzvendra Chahal Arshdeep Singh Ipl Trent Boult Sanju Samson Punjab Kings Sam Curran Ipl 2024 Riyan Parag