Punjab Kings (PBKS) are all set to take on Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the iconic Dharamsala on 19th May (*Friday). This is the second match at the venue, PBKS lost a close contest against Delhi Capitals (DC) and it is assumed that the track would be a belter.

The hosts are placed in 8th position on the points table with 12 points from 13 matches with an NRR of -0.25. The hosts not only have to beat RR but register a resounding victory to give themselves a chance to make it to the playoffs. Punjab Kings would back themselves to outclass RR as earlier they won a tight contest against RR.

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RR too have 12 points from 13 matches but with a slightly better NRR of +0.14 and are in 6th position on the points table. RR skipper Sanju Samson needs to stand up and take responsibility in this crunch match as we witnessed how the side fell like a pack of cards against RCB in their previous clash.

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RR skipper Sanju Samson won the toss & opted to bowl first. Sanju Samson stated that the dimensions of the ground forced them to bowl first and emphasized the fact that the side needs to play good T20 cricket and forget the bad things. RR made a couple of changes to their lineup.

“We will bowl. Looking at the dimensions and looking as to what we require in the tournament, it is better to bowl. We need to win the game. Then see how the other games go. If you want to play good T20 cricket, you need to forget things. We have had four to five days off. One has to understand the conditions. We have couple of changes. Last minute changes. Ashwin misses out,” said Sanju Samson.

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PBKS skipper Shikhar Dhawan wasn’t worried to bat first and pointed out that the wicket doesn’t change much and said that dew wasn’t much in the previous match. Shikhar Dhawan stated that the side needs to take more wickets in the first 6 overs. PBKS are playing with the same combination.

“Last match, dew wasn’t much. First batting or second, it shouldn’t change much. We will come and enjoy the game. Will try to give our best shot. We need to take more wickets in the first 6 overs. We can cash in more. We are playing the same team,” said Shikhar Dhawan.

The substitutes of Punjab Kings & Rajasthan Royals are stated below:

Punjab Kings’ subs: Nathan Ellis, Sikandar Raza, Rishi Dhawan, Matthew Short, Mohit Rathee

Rajasthan Royals’ subs: Dhruv Jurel, Donovan Ferreira, Akash Vashisht, Kuldeep Sen, Murugan Ashwin

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Punjab Kings (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan(c), Prabhsimran Singh, Atharva Taide, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Jitesh Sharma(w), Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson(w/c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Adam Zampa, Trent Boult, Navdeep Saini, Sandeep Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal

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