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The fourth match of the IPL 2021 season will be played between the Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The match will start at 7:30 pm today. Rajasthan’s team will land without English fast bowler Jofra Archer. He is currently injured. In such a situation, RR’s pace bowling will be commanded by Chris Morris of 16 crores and Indian fast bowlers.
Rajasthan defeated Punjab in both matches last season. PUNJAB’s team will take the revenge of this defeat. There have been a total of 21 matches between the two so far. In this Rajasthan team is looking heavily at Punjab. RR has won 12 out of 21 matches. Whereas, Punjab won only 9 matches. Last season, Punjab’s team finished sixth and Rajasthan 8th.
Punjab changed the name and Rajasthan changed the captain
Where the Punjab team changed the name and logo before coming to this tournament. The franchise changed the name of Kings XI Punjab to Punjab Kings. At the same time, the Rajasthan team changed the captain and the director. The franchise released former captain Steve Smith prior to the auction. Also, team director Andrew Macdonald was removed. Wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson became the new captain and Kumar Sangakkara the new director.
Rajasthan’s batting line up is very strong
Talking about Rajasthan, the team’s batting lineup is very strong. The team has batsmen like Jos Buttler and Yashasvi Jaiswal in the top order. At the same time, Samson is searching for IPL. After this, the presence of batsmen like Ryan Parag, Ben Stokes and Rahul Teotia will strengthen the team. The most expensive player of the IPL auction will be seen playing the role of Morris Finisher.
Archer’s lack of bowling may be missed.
However, the Rajasthan team may miss Archer. In his absence, Morris and Stokes would be charged with fast bowling. Apart from this, Karthik can also play an important role. One can play either Jaydev Unadkat or Chetan Sakariya as the fourth pesar. Shreyas Gopal and Mayank Markandey will be seen handling the spin department.
All the big hitters in Punjab’s top-4 batsmen
Talking about Punjab, the team is full of big hitters. The team has openers like last season’s Orange Cap winner Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Rahul scored 670 runs last season. At the same time, Mayank had scored 424 runs. After this, Universal boss Chris Gayle will come for batting. It can also be rotated if needed. In the middle order, wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Pooran can spoil the line-length of any bowler with his aggressive batting at number four.
Jalaj – Shahrukh can play as an all-rounder
Apart from these, middle order also appears balanced due to presence of Mandeep Singh, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena. Shah Rukh Khan may also get a chance to replace Jalaj. The responsibility of fast bowling will be on Jay Richardson and Mohammed Shami. Richardson was the highest wicket taker in the Australian Big Bash League.
A big score can be made on a batting friendly pitch
The match will be held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. In 2019, 7 matches were played here. Out of these, the team batting 6 times scored above 160 runs. He scored above 185 three times. This season, the match between Chennai and Delhi took place on this ground. Delhi easily chased the target of 189 runs. In such a situation, the team batting first of both will want to score 200+ runs on this batting friendly pitch.
Will the toss be the boss in the Punjab vs Rajasthan match?
The sky is expected to remain clear during the match in Mumbai. The temperature is likely to be between 28 and 33 degrees Celsius. The pitch can be helpful to the batsmen once again. In 2019, the team batting later in 4 out of the seven matches was won. The team batting first in 2 wins. There was a match tie. On this basis, the team that wins the toss may decide to field first.