Match Preview

Punjab Kings will be up against Rajasthan Royals in the Match 32 of IPL 2021 on 21 September at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, UAE. Royals were in 5th place in the points table with 3 wins in 7 matches before IPL 2021 was delayed earlier this year in May due to the COVID-19 pandemic, whereas Punjab Kings were in 6th place with 3 wins in 8 matches. Both RR and PBKS will be looking for victories as they try to secure a play-off berth, which is already a difficult assignment, and one more setback will make moving into the top four even more difficult.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the batting side and slightly better for spinners.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 36 – 37 °C


Total matches                               61

Matches won batting first             34

Matches won bowling first           26

Average 1st Inns scores              144

Average 2nd Inns scores             122

Highest total recorded                 211/3 (20 Ov) by SL vs PAK

Lowest total recorded                  71/10 (19 Ov) by KEN vs IRE

Highest score chased                  183/5 (19.4 Ov) by AFG vs UAE

Lowest score defended                134/7 (20 Ov) by OMAN vs HK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) KL Rahul – The right-handed batsman is tall, elegant player who can keep wicket in a crisis. His technique has benefitted PBKS in the first half of IPL. He is a must pick for the next match.

Matches – 159

Runs – 5173

Average – 42.75

2) Sanju Samson – The right-handed batsman, given his innate potential, his game has truly progressed in the way it should have. He has led his team through thick and thin, he is a player with a lot of potential.

Matches – 181

Runs – 4343

Average – 27.31

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Chris Gayle – The left-handed batsman has the ability to decimate the figures of even the thriftiest of opening bowlers. He is a powerful hitter with excellent skills in his arsenal.

Matches – 446

Runs – 14261

Average – 36.94

2) Mayank Agarwal – The right-handed batsman has been phenomenal in the domestic circuit and has played his best in the last two seasons for PBKS. He is in good form and a wise choice for the next match.

Matches – 154

Runs – 3653

Average – 26.47                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      3) Evin Lewis – The left-handed batsman has a reputation for hitting big sixes in this format and with his power-striking, he is expected to give good fantasy points in the upcoming match.

Matches – 182

Runs – 5262

Average – 31.69

4) David Miller – The batsman is a hard-hitting left-hander with a penchant for clearing the boundary. He is playing in good form and has the potential to play good innings in this match.

Matches – 347

Runs – 7609

Average – 35.06

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Mohammed Shami – He is a right arm fast medium bowler who is fast proving to be one of the stand-out and versatile performers in the Indian squad. He is coming from a successful tour from England and is fresh with his strong form.

Matches – 106

Wickets – 119

Economy – 8.40

2) Chris Morris – The right arm fast medium bowler has capacity to increase pace while maintaining good bounce, as well as some well-documented hitting prowess. He is an experienced player in this format.

Matches – 230

Wickets – 289

Economy – 7.74

3) Tabraiz Shamsi – The left arm wrist spin bowler and current rank 1 spinner in the world, has tremendous variations, and also has impressive accuracy to go along with those variations, and he becomes threatening when batters pursue him.

Matches – 166

Wickets – 187

Economy – 7.17

4) Adil Rashid – The leg break bowler’s batting is a plus, and despite his high price tag, his ability to contribute with wickets has made him an useful asset for his team.

Matches – 201

Wickets -232

Economy – 7.43

Top 3 All-rounder Picks

1) Fabian Allen – The right-handed batsman and slow left arm unorthodox bowler is a gem of a find for PBKS, and if his potential is refined and handled properly, he’ll become a powerful player for them.

Matches – 61

Runs – 733

Average – 22.21

Wickets – 38

Economy – 7.68

2) Liam Livingstone – Apart from batting, Livingstone can also contribute with leg-breaks and is an excellent defender. In short, he’s the whole deal for RR and one of their brightest prospects in this tournament.

Matches – 149

Runs – 3950

Average – 30.62

Wickets – 57

Economy – 7.97

3) Rahul Tewatia – The left-handed batsman and leg break bowler is a wrist spinner who can also bat in the lower order and can play both the paddles and the scoops. Tewatia as a whole is an excellent asset to RR.

Matches – 75

Runs – 1051

Average – 30.02

Wickets – 44

Economy – 7.36

Predicted Playing 11

Punjab Kings

KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Shahrukh Khan, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh

Rajasthan Royals

Sanju Samson, Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal/Manan Vohra, David Miller, Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman/Tabraiz Shamsi, Chetan Sakariya


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Poll Winning Percentage

Punjab Kings – 51%

Rajasthan Royals – 49%