Rajasthan Royals need to get back to winning ways after two straight losses
- The win in their previous fixture was crucial for Punjab Kings to stay alive in the playoffs race.
- Rajasthan Royals need batting contributions from other than Jos Buttler too.
Rajasthan Royals have a bit of catching up to do for the top two spots in the playoffs after losing two matches in a row. They head into this fixture against Punjab Kings as favourites with the odds of 1.81 . The Royals would hope to put themselves in the mix for top two finish with a victory on Saturday afternoon.
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Punjab Kings, on the other hand, are coming off a dominant victory over table-toppers Gujarat Titans. They have 1.98 odds of winning this clash against Rajasthan Royals. Punjab Kings would look to carry forward the momentum towards a playoffs spot.
Rajasthan Royals with a slight edge
Both the teams have played 10 matches each in the IPL 2022. Rajasthan Royals are in a better position with six victories and 12 points while Punjab Kings have five wins and 10 points to their credit. Both the sides have their flaws and the contest could be decided by Rajasthan Royals’ bowling vs Punjab Kings’ batting.
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Punjab Kings have made some corrections and Kagiso Rabada’s form in the recent games has been a big positive.
Rajasthan Royals are largely dependent on Jos Buttler in the batting department and have also misused Shimron Hetmyer. They would hope the other players step up.
Keep an eye on…
Jos Buttler: With 588 runs in 10 matches, the Englishman currently holds the orange cap in IPL 2022. The opening batter has hammered three centuries and three half centuries in the season while averaging 65 runs per wicket in the season.
Kagiso Rabada: The South African pacer is a prolific wicket-taker, with 17 scalps from 10 games in the ongoing season. Rabada is in red-hot form, having claimed two four-fors in the last two matches.
Tip: Jonny Bairstow hasn’t had a great season in IPL 2022. But Punjab Kings’ move to push him up to top of the order makes him an exciting pick. Bairstow has odds of 4.92 to be the top batter for PBKS.