RR playing XI vs PBKS in IPL 2021: Adil Rashid, Aiden Markram and Evin Lewis have finally made their debut in IPL.The trio are expected to weave their magic in the opening match of the cash-rich tournament. Evin Lewis, in particular, will look to set the stage on fire against Punjab Kings. Follow PBKS vs RR LIVE Updates on InsideSport.co
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson(w/c), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi
RR playing XI vs PBKS in IPL 2021: Evin Lewis was in smashing form in CPL ahead of IPL 2021 Phase 2. He was the second-highest run-getter in the tournament. His exceptional performances helped St Kitts & Nevis Patriots win the title. The opener could play a crucial role for Rajasthan Royals in the UAE leg in absence of England’s Jos Buttler.
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Punjab Kings (PBKS) captain KL Rahul won the toss and elected to bowl against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter here at the Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday.
Speaking at the toss, KL Rahul said: “We’ll bowl first. It’s a no brainer, a fresh wicket with grass on. We don’t know how it will play and I prefer chasing. I was just telling a few people in the dressing room that it just felt like yesterday that we were playing IPL 2020. We have a lot that we’ve learnt from last year. We are all professionals and we have tried hard in the heat to prefer ourselves. Pooran, Markram, Rashid and Allen are our overseas players. Unfortunately, Chris Gayle misses out and Aiden has been in good form coming into our setup from Sri Lanka.”
Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson said: “We are good at chasing and setting totals, so we were happy to do both. We have really great talent and characters in our team. It is a very positive atmosphere. Sangakkara brings in the experience, he knows what to communicate at what point. He just wanted us to relax. Lewis, Livingstone, Morris and Mustafizur are our foreigners.”
This clash sees two sides in desperate need of a victory to keep their playoff hopes alive. Both PBKS and RR are on six points, but crucially for KL Rahul’s men, they’ve played one more game than RR, so they need this win even more.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Adil Rashid, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel.
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson(w/c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi.
England batsman Liam Livingstone is in the form of his life. RR would look to use his form to start Phase 2 on a high. Livingstone was the highest scorer in the recently concluded The Hundred. He had slammed 348 runs at a strike rate of 178+. He had slammed as many as 3 fifties and smacked 27 sixes during the tournament. Besides this, he had also impressed in the T20I series against Pakistan where he slammed the biggest six of all time at Headingley. He will be ready to take the IPL 2021 Phase 2 by storm.
Rajasthan Royals – Sanju Samson (c), Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Riyan Parag, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, Glenn Phillips, Tabraiz Shamsi, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, KC Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh.
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