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Swing & Speed Kings? How pacers are the key at IPL’s new venue – Mullanpur

Swing & Speed Kings? How pacers are the key at IPL’s new venue – Mullanpur

Saturday's encounter in Mullanpur promises to be a high-octane affair. With the pitch favoring pace bowling and both teams possessing potent pace attacks, the outcome likely hinges on which team's fast bowlers can exert their dominance in the early stages of the match.

The Punjab Kings (PBKS) will lock horns with the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Saturday in a crucial IPL encounter. Both teams, despite boasting strong squads on paper, haven’t quite found their rhythm yet this season. However, the conditions at the Mullanpur stadium, the Kings’ new home ground, might just play a decisive role in determining the outcome of this match.

Mullanpur Stadium: Paradise for Fast Bowlers?

Mullanpur Stadium’s pitch seems to be tailor-made for fast bowlers. In the two matches played here so far, pacers have picked up a staggering 23 out of the 27 wickets that fell (excluding run-outs). The pitch offered significant swing and bounce, particularly under lights, making run-scoring a challenge initially during the Kings’ match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Statistically, Mullanpur boasts the best average (19.7) for fast bowlers across all IPL venues this season. Furthermore, the powerplay overs (first six overs) have been a graveyard for batsmen here, with the lowest run rate (7.7) and the joint-second highest number of wickets falling (9) alongside Mumbai.

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While the sluggish start might worry the Punjab Kings’ batsmen, the Royals might be licking their lips at the prospect. Their pace attack has been the most lethal in the powerplay this season, claiming 9 wickets at an exceptional average of 24.3. The Kings’ pacers are no slouches either, averaging 26.6 per wicket in the powerplay. This sets the stage for a thrilling battle between the two bowling units.

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Rajasthan Royals Looking to Avoid Past Blunders

The Royals will be wary of repeating their mistakes from IPL 2023. Last season, they started strong, losing only one of their first five games. However, their momentum fizzled out, and they won just three of the remaining nine matches, missing out on the playoffs. Currently, they find themselves in a similar situation, having lost just one and won four of their first five games. Can they learn from their past failures and translate their early promise into sustained success?

Saturday’s encounter in Mullanpur promises to be a high-octane affair. With the pitch favoring pace bowling and both teams possessing potent pace attacks, the outcome likely hinges on which team’s fast bowlers can exert their dominance in the early stages of the match.

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