In the Indian Premier League 2022, the race to finish among the top four on the points table is heating up. In the 52nd match, the Punjab Kings will face the Rajasthan Royals in what promises to be a crucial game for the team. The Royals were defeated by the Kolkata Knight Riders in their most recent game, dropping them to third place on the points table. After defeating the Gujarat Titans, the Punjab Kings have risen to fifth place.
This year, the Rajasthan Royals have performed admirably and punched above their weight. Jos Buttler has been in fantastic form for the team and has helped them win games. They have won three of the last four games against Punjab, which will boost their confidence. It remains to be seen whether the Punjab Kings will be able to defeat them and move up the points table.
The 52nd match between Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals will take place on May 7th, 2022 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Match Details to Note
Match: Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals, 52nd Match, Indian Premier League 2022
Date: May 7, 2022 (Saturday)
Time: 3:30 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Team Previews
It was exactly the kind of performance that Mayank Agarwal’s team needed to get back on track. The team checked all the boxes in their most recent game, defeating the table-toppers Gujarat Titans by 8 wickets. The fact that it happened against the Titans would boost their confidence. They must maintain their current momentum, and a win here would move them closer to a playoff berth.
Shikhar Dhawan has been the team’s standout performer, and he’ll need Jonny Bairstow to help him open the batting. Bairstow’s lack of form is hurting the team, and he needs to put on a good performance. Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Liam Livingstone must be consistent and add runs in the middle order with Agarwal. Jitesh Sharma and Rishi Dhawan will face a strong bowling attack and must perform admirably.
Kagiso Rabada bowled his side to victory in the previous game, and a similar performance from him and Sandeep Sharma with the new ball is expected. Arshdeep Singh has performed admirably, and the team will need him to slow down the scoring rate in the middle overs. Rahul Chahar must overcome his poor form, which has harmed the team. Livingstone and Rishi Dhawan add bowling options to the side.
Punjab Kings Squad
Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (wk), Shahrukh Khan, Odean Smith, Raj Bawa, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Sandeep Sharma, Rahul Chahar, Prabhsimran Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Benny Howell, Ishan Porel, Vaibhav Arora, Ansh Patel, Atharva Taide, Prerak Mankad, Jitesh Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Writtick Chatterjee, Baltej Singh
Predicted XI: Mayank Agarwal (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Rishi Dhawan, Kagiso Rabada, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Sharma, Arshdeep Singh
Sanju Samson’s team will need to recover from back-to-back defeats. In the previous game, the team lost to the Kolkata Knight Riders after failing to accelerate and falling 20 runs short of a good score. They are third in the points standings, and a win here would guarantee them a spot in the next round. Samson would like his team to regain form as they enter the tournament’s most crucial stage.
Jos Buttler has more than 500 runs to his name, and his performance is critical to the team’s survival. He’ll try to put together a big opening wicket stand with Devdutt Padikkal. Samson has looked good, and he’ll look to add runs in the middle overs with Darryl Mitchell and Riyan Parag. They have a good finisher in Shimron Hetmyer, but he will need help from Ravichandran Ashwin in this crucial game.
Trent Boult and Prasidh Krishna complement each other well in a new ball attack, and the team would like to see early strikes from them. Yuzvendra Chahal has bowled well, and he will be tasked with keeping Aswin’s score under control. Parag, Mitchell, and Kuldeep Sen increase the side’s bowling options, which benefits them.
Rajasthan Royals Squad
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Sanju Samson (wk/c), Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, James Neesham, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Prasidh Krishna, Navdeep Saini, KC Cariappa, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Karun Nair, Rassie van der Dussen, Daryl Mitchell, Obed McCoy, Tejas Baroka, Kuldip Yadav, Anunay Singh, Kuldeep Sen, Dhruv Jurel, Shubham Garhwal
Predicted XI: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Jos Buttler, Devdutt Padikkal, Darryl Mitchell, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Riyan Parag, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Sen, Prasidh Krishna, Yuzvendra Chahal
Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Toss Prediction
Only one game has been won by the team batting first in the last five played at this venue. The bowlers get some help early in the game, but the wicket improves in the second innings. The team that wins the toss here will almost certainly choose to bowl first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is ideal for T20 cricket because batsmen enjoy batting on this surface. High-scoring games have become the norm in recent years, with the flat surface and fast outfield punishing bowlers. Fast bowlers will struggle on this wicket, but spinners will thrive if they can get the ball to turn.
On May 7, we anticipate a hot and humid evening in Mumbai. Batting conditions have been favourable, with more than 180 runs scored in the first innings on average. The ball is hitting the bat nicely, and bowlers are finding it difficult to bowl on this wicket.
Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Match Prediction
Punjab Kings arrive here with a win, but the team is plagued by several issues, the most serious of which is the inconsistency of their middle order. Rajasthan Royals have a strong bowling attack and a top-order that has performed admirably this season. The game will be close, but the Rajasthan Royals will start as favourites due to the form of their key players.
Rajasthan Royals is the favourite to beat Punjab Kings at the odds of 1.81.
- RR opener Jos Buttler has scored 588 runs this season, including three hundreds, and has won games for the team.
- RR has won three of the last four games they have played against PBKS, which boosts their confidence.
- PBKS’ middle has been inconsistent, with most of the players failing to contribute in the majority of games.