Punjab’s final chance for survival
- A win might still not be enough for both teams
- Rajasthan hope for batting trio to fire again
At Dharamsala, where we have already witnessed a high-scoring game, Rajasthan Royals will want their top-order to go all guns blazing again in this must-win encounter, their final game of the league phase and last chance to push for a playoff berth. Rajasthan Royals have odds of 1.79 to beat Punjab Kings.
Punjab Kings struggled to chase dwn a tall target here last game, but their batting yet again fired after another bowling disappointment. They will need to do better with the ball to beat RR and stay in contention, as minimal a chance as they have for a final four spot. Punjab Kings have odds of 2.00 to beat Rajasthan Royals.
Head-to-head record, PBKS v RR
The head-to-head record is in favour of Rajasthan Royals, who have 14 victories as against 11 by Punjab Kings over the years. Notably, though, Punjab won the match between these teams earlier this season.
Considering the conditions at the venue, the team winning the toss might want to bowl first irrespective of the result lost game with conditions definitely getting better for batting late night.
The match is expected to be a closely contested one given how the two units stack up with respect to their batting. However, Rajasthan have the edge with the stronger bowling unit and go in with a win probability of 65%.
The Dharamsala venue offers something for the quicks, with the average score still in the 170s with the pitch pristine for stroke-making.
Pitch and conditions
The pitch at the venue will aid early movement but will be good for batting thereafter with conditions expected to get better in the second innings.
Players to keep an eye on…
PBKS Predicted playing XI:
Prabhsimran Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Atharva Taide, Sam Curran, Jitesh Sharma, Shahrukh Khan, Kagiso Rabada, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, Nathan Ellis
RR Predicted playing XI:
Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Dhruv Jurel, Joe Root, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Trent Boult, Sandeep Sharma
Yashasvi Jaiswal: After a brilliant season with the bat, Jaiswal will be hoping to go berserk yet again to help his team make one final push for the playoff spot.
Liam Livingstone: He enjoyed the conditions here last match and scored big and more of the same can be expected of him here.
IPL 2023, Match 66 predictions
Based on all of the above factors, we predict that Rajasthan Royals will win the match.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
PBKS v RR Betting tips
Apart from betting on Rajasthan to win the match, check our other recommended bet about PBKS’ best batter.
Livingstone is in good touch and on a venue with a flat track, expect Livingstone to go big again. Back Livingstone at 5.25 to be Punjab’s top batter!