IPL 2021, PBKS vs RR Preview: Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals Look To Stay In Touch With Top Four
PBKS vs RR: Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings resume their IPL 2021 campaign when the two clash at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday.
- Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals clash in Dubai on Tuesday
- Both teams are locked on 6 points but Punjab have played a game more
- Rajasthan Royals have been hit the hardest with some big stars missing
Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings resume their IPL 2021 campaign when the two clash at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday. Both teams will be looking to stay in touch with top teams in the IPL points table. Mumbai Indians' loss to Chennai Super Kings on Sunday meant that they now trail the two leaders -- CSK and Delhi Capitals -- by four points and the defending champs could also drop a place to fifth with Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings hot on their heels. A big win for either RR or PBKS could see them leapfrog Mumbai Indians into fourth place.
Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings are both on six points but the latter has played a match more.
Rajasthan are currently fifth with 6 points, having won three games out of their seven matches so far.
Punjab Kings also have six points but are in sixth courtesy an inferior net run-rate. PBKS have played eight matches and won just three, losing five.
Rajasthan Royals, however, will be missing some big names for the remainder of the season. Three England superstars Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Jos Buttler will all miss the UAE leg of IPL 2021, which will come as a massive blow for a team that made a decent start.
Rajasthan, though, still have a lot of firepower with the likes of Sanju Samson, David Miller and Liam Livingstone in the team.
Punjab Kings, on the other hand, will once again look to captain fantastic KL Rahul. One of the most consistent performers with the bat in the past couple of seasons, Rahul will have to be at his best yet again, if Punjab Kings are to qualify for the playoffs.
But he will need support from the likes of Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran and Mayank Agarwal.
On Tuesday, both teams will look to put down an early marker in the UAE and get some momentum going with the business end of the tournament not too far away.