Can Punjab upset a balanced Rajasthan side?
- Sanju Samson’s men boast of stunning batting line-up
- Will Punjab find batting balance?
Rajasthan Royals showed their aggressive side with the bat last game and it’s likely something they’ll stick with this season, making them a formidable unit altogether. Rajasthan Royals have odds of 1.74 to beat Punjab Kings.
Punjab Kings won their opening game too, like Rajasthan, but have loopholes in their line-up that they would struggle to fill, especially against a quality outfit like RR. Punjab Kings have odds of 2.05 to win this match against Rajasthan Royals.
Head-to-head record, RR v PBKS
Of the 24 head-to-head matches between these sides, Rajasthan Royals have won 14 while Punjab Kings have won 10. It’s worth noting, though, that RR have won four of the last five matches against Punjab.
The team winning the toss would likely bowl first here and RR, if they win the toss, would want to allow their long batting line-up a good chance to go hard at a target early in the competition.
Rajasthan Royals have a well-rounded squad with good options in each department and are favourites to win. They have odds of 1.74 to win.
The average scores here is 172 in the first innings and goes down to 161 in the second.
Pitch and conditions
The Baraspara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati encourages movement early on, but has a fast outfield that allows for quick run-scoring.
Players to keep an eye on…
RR Predicted playing XI:
Jos Buttler (wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (C), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Jason Holder, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, KM Asif, Yuzvendra Chahal
PBKS Predicted playing XI:
Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Shikhar Dhawan (c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma, Sikandar Raza, Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Nathan Ellis, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh
Jos Buttler: The Rajasthan opener is in terrific form and if PBKS don’t get him early, Buttler could make a big one.
Arshdeep Singh: Arshdeep is Punjab’s best bet to getting Buttler early and they will hope that the left-arm quick makes an impact early, like he’s been doing for a while now.
IPL 2023, Match 8 predictions
Based on all of the above factors, we predict that Rajasthan Royals will win the match.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
RR v PBKS Betting tips
Apart from betting on the Royals to win the match, check our other recommended bet about RR’s top batter:
Buttler has very little threat from the PBKS attack and should he get past the first three overs, the Englishman could go big. Back Buttler at 2.94 to be RR’s top batter!