ne other battle of big-hitters is on the playing cards when Okay.L. Rahul’s Punjab Kings tackle the Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals, two line-ups dotted with expansive stroke-makers and in pursuit of a successful begin to their IPL campaigns in Mumbai on Monday.
Rajasthan will probably be banking closely on their swashbuckling all-rounder Ben Stokes. Stokes will probably be eager to get some runs beneath his belt and so would be the likes of Englishman Jos Buttler and newly-appointed skipper Samson, who’s a mine-field of expertise.
The Royals might decide to open with the highly-rated Yashasvi Jaiswal and Buttler. Whereas Samson, who can be itching to show a degree, and Stokes would then type robust middle-order.
If the 4 hearth on all cylinders, they’ll pummel any assault into submission and Punjab can be no exception on the Wankhede observe, which is normally batting-friendly.
Royals even have an a number of different choices at their disposal, together with all-rounders Shivam Dube, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag and Liam Livingstone.
Gopal, Tewatia and Parag, all bowl leg-spin, so it will be fascinating to see whether or not the Royals decide to go in with two leg-spinners.
Tewatia and Dube have the flexibility to whack the ball outdoors the park and look to be certainties within the taking part in XI.
With star pacer Jofra Archer lacking resulting from damage, the tempo assault should be led by Rajasthan’s latest recruit—South African all-rounder Chris Morris, who will probably be desperate to justify his large price ticket of Rs 16.25 crore.
RR should get their mixture proper as solely 4 foreigners could make the taking part in XI.
So, will probably be fascinating to see whether or not Royals go for left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman or go in with both Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi or Chetan Sakariya.
Unadkat, along with his expertise, may get the nod.
Then again, Punjab boast of some hard-hitters like Rahul (670 runs in 2020 season), Mayank Agarwal (424 runs) and Chris Gayle.
Rahul and Agarwal fashioned a deadly opening mixture in 2020 and would proceed to open.
In addition they have the likes of Englishman Dawid Malan, one of many best T20 batsmen at the moment, hard-hitting Tamil Nadu batsman M. Shahrukh Khan, and West Indian Nicholas Pooran.
For them too, it will be all about getting the mix proper.
Shahrukh might get the nod forward of others like Deepak Hooda and Sarfaraz Khan, and will play the function of a finisher.
The bowling assault will probably be led by Mohammed Shami, who was excellent within the final version.
Their pacer line-up has been bolstered by the signing of Australian speedsters Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith, who had a sensational Large Bash marketing campaign, and likewise consists of Chris Jordan.
It stays to be seen who takes the brand new ball with Shami.
With their spin assault a priority, Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi should play their roles effectively to include a devastating Rajasthan line-up.
Match begins at 7.30 pm.
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Riyan Parag, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, KC Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh.
Punjab Kings: Okay.L. Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar.