The fourth match of the IPL 2021 is between RR vs PBKS. Rajasthan Royals had won its first & only IPL trophy in the inaugural season of the IPL. Whereas Punjab Kings had never won the elusive IPL Trophy & will continue their hunt for the trophy in this season as well.
Head to Head Competition between RR vs PBKS
Both Rajasthan Royals & Punjab Kings have finished at the bottom of the Points table in the last season of the IPL. So both the teams will look forward to breaking the monotony & reserve a spot at least in the playoffs of the IPL 2021. Rajasthan Royals have appointed Sanju Samson as the new captain of the team. RR is trying to bring stability & depth to their squad. Thus they have bought Chris Morris in a whopping amount of 16.25 crores after an extended bidding war with Punjab Kings. Whereas Punjab Kings has boosted their pace attack by signing Aussie’s fast bowler Jhye Richardson & Riley Meredith for 22 crores.
RR & PBKS look Ahead to Qualify for the Playoffs!
Despite their signing of some expensive players in the auction many critics have rated both teams very low. Whether these teams will rise above critics expectations & reserve their spot in the playoffs is a ‘wait & watch’ thing. Rajasthan Royals have released their star player Steve Smith & appointed Sanju Samson as their New Captain. Sanju Samson is the vital cog of RR’s team & it will be exciting to see how Samson will emerge as a Captain for RR in the IPL 2021.
RR & PBKS strengthens their squad with New Additions to their line-up!
Rajasthan Royals have suffered a major blow. As their star pacer, Jofra Archer pulled off from the IPL 2021 due to an injury. Expensive player Chris Morris will head their pace attack in the absence of Archer. RR have good bowling options available in Mustafizur Rahman and AJ Tye. Ben Stokes & Jos Buttler can be the key players for RR in the current IPL season. It will be interesting to see who will open the batting for RR along with Ben Stokes & Jos Buttler.
Whereas Punjab Kings hopes that their new signings guide them to the playoffs of the IPL 2021. Their top-order looks strong with the latest addition of Dawid Malan. The No 1 T20I ranked batsman, Dawid Malan along with Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran & Mayank Agarwal has added more depth to Punjab Kings line-up.
RR or PBKS who seems stronger in terms of Bowling Attack?
In terms of the bowling department, Punjab Kings seems stronger than RR with Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith boosting Punjab Kings pace attack. The absence of Jofra Archer makes RR’s bowling a little weak in front of the Punjab Kings. Newly bought Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith are expected to head the Punjab Kings pace bowling attack & scalp some early wickets for them.
RR vs PBKS- the much awaited face-off
Both the teams had interesting clashes in the last IPL season though Rajasthan Royals emerged victoriously. However, in this IPL season who will take over other is a thing to watch! RR & PBSK will face each other in the 4th Match of the IPL 2021 on Monday at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Match Prediction:
Our friends Sportskeeda in their findings have supported our prediction of PBKS dominance over RR. Both the teams look strong with the bat, but the Punjab Kings bowling attack looks slightly stronger than RR’s bowling attack who will miss the service of ace pacer Jofra Archer. KL Rahul led Punjab Kings are expected to register a win in their first match against RR.