PBKS vs RR IPL 2021: Sanju Samson’s RR take on KL Rahul’s PBKS: Rajasthan Royals resume their IPL 2021 campaign after overcoming scores of obstacles. Like Phase 1, the Sanju Samson led side will be without Jofra Archer but also add Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Andrew Tye to the list of pull-outs. But with in-form Liam Livingstone back in the side, RR eye playoff spot for the first time since IPL 2018.
The first aim will be to get the combinations right. They had a disappointing IPL 2020 campaign with a lot of misfiring players. This time, with no Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson and Liam Livingstone will have to lead the batting while David Miller will also play a crucial role against Punjab Kings. In bowling, RR have Jaydev Unadkat, Chetan Sakariya and Mustafizur Rahman — all of them had impressive performances in small clusters. They will need to be consistent.
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The first test against Punjab Kings will be to tackle an in-form KL Rahul. The PBKS skipper has piled up runs in IPL 2020, IPL 2021 and in England and getting his wicket early will be crucial. It is the PBKS bowling department that is where RR need to take on. While Mohammed Shami has done well, Chris Jordan didn’t have success with the ball. Nathan Ellis is a newcomer and under pressure, while they lack a quality spinner in UAE conditions.
Rajasthan Royals (5th, 6 points): Another season another inconsistent performance. But their inconsistency is mostly down to the unavailability of players. They have missed Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer greatly. They have won three and lost four and that has to be the opposite in the last phase. RR face PBKS, RCB, CSK, MI, KKR, DC, SRH in their last seven matches and need to win at least five.
IPL 2021 PBKS vs RR: What do Rajasthan Royals need to do?
- They need to sort out the squad first. They will miss Jos Buttler and that will be a blow.
- Sanju Samson has done well but needs consistency while in the bowling department, Mustafizur Rahman could play a leading role with the kind of form he is in.
- They need five wins and it won’t be easy but they could still qualify with some good performances.
- The replacement players and Liam Livingstone will have to come good.
When in PBKS RR match?
The 32nd IPL 2021 match between PBKS vs RR will be played at the Dubai International Stadium on September 21 at 7:30 PM.
Star Sports is IPL 2021’s official broadcaster. You can watch the match live on Star Sports network and live stream on Disney+ Hotstar.
IPL 2021: Rajasthan Royals Squad:
Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shreyas Gopal, Glenn Phillips (WK), Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Evin Lewis, Oshane Thomas, Kartik Tyagi, Mahipal Lomror, Yashasvi Jaiswal, David Miller, Jaydev Unadkat, Anuj Rawat (wk), Mayank Markande, Manan Vohra, Tabraiz Shamsi, Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Liam Livingstone, Akash Singh, KC Cariappa, Kuldip Yadav.
IPL 2021: Punjab Kings Squad:
KL Rahul (captain), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Moises Henriques, Shahrukh Khan, Pratyush Singh, Jalaj Saxena, Nathan Ellis, Adil Rashid, Aiden Markram