It’s a ‘Play or go home’ situation for both PBKS & RR as both the teams will face each other in this playoff entry deciding match. The one who wins will get the chance to enter the playoffs & the one who loses will not. Both teams have destroyed their chances to get into the playoffs by losing their last matches.
Rajasthan Royals lost their last match by a massive 112 runs as the team was sent back at 59 runs. The batsmen need to up their game & Yajuvendra Chahal has been inconsistent with his performance up until now. The win in this match along with a better run rate will eventually decide their fate to get into the playoffs. Punjab Kings lost their last match by 15 runs, & both the batsmen & the bowler need to bring their A game forward to be able to win this match & get into the playoffs.
In the 5 matches that the teams have played against one another, PBKS has won 2 up until now while RR has won 3. In the last match when they faced each other PBKS won the match by 5 runs against RR. Read Also: Virat Kohli joins elite club, equals Chris Gayle’s record with sixth IPL century
Punjab Kings Playing 11:
Shikhar Dhawan (c), Atharva Taide, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh
Rajasthan Royals Playing 11:
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (wk/c), Joe Root, Dhruv Jurel, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Sandeep Sharma, KM Asif, Yuzvendra Chahal
Pitch & Conditions:
The pitch has a balance of pace & bounce offering support to the batsmen while also giving a chance to the bowlers if they maintain good line & length.
Both the teams will give their 100% to win this match as it would decide whether they get into the playoffs or not. Their performance in the last match shows that PBKS has a better chance of winning as their batsmen & bowlers have a better balance compared to RR. But RR will give their best shot at winning to as this is their chance to enter the playoffs.
According to the pitch conditions at Dharamshala, the toss winning team might decide to field first, in order to chase a target which will suit better according to the pitch conditions at the field.