MUMBAI: The Rajasthan Royals, led by Lokesh Rahul-led Punjab Kings and Sanju Samson, will face off in the fourth match of the Indian Premier League T20 here on Monday.
The dual teams will go on to launch their campaign with a win. The Rajasthan team relies heavily on offensive all-rounder Ben Stokes. The team, under the leadership of England’s Jose Butler and new captain Samson, will once again make an attempt.
The Royals’ innings is likely to start with the talented Jaiswal and Butler. Samson can bat in the third. Stokes will be in the middle order. Jaiswal, Butler, Samson and Skokes are capable of crushing any bowling attack. All-rounders Shivam Dubey, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tiwatia, Ryan Parag and Liam Livingstone are among the Royals.
Gopal, Tiwatia and Parag also bowl leg spin and the Royals are likely to land with two leg spinners. Tiwatia and Dubey have explosive batting ability. It is almost certain that they will find a place in the XI. Chris Morris will lead the Royals’ fast bowling attack in the absence of Joffra Archer due to injury. At the auction of the players this year, the team bought them for Rs.25.25 crore. The Royals have to focus on playing only 4 foreign players in the playing XI. It remains to be seen if left-arm fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman, Jaydev Unadkat, Karthik Tyagi and Chetan Zakaria will have a chance to play in the first game.
Rahul (670 by 2020), Mayank Agarwal (424 by 2020) and Chris Gayle are the offensive batsmen in Punjab. Rahul and Agarwal were successful in starting the team’s innings in 2020. The pair are expected to remain intact. The team has good hitters like David Malan of England, M Shah Rukh Khan of Tamil Nadu and Nicholas Puran of West Indies.
Shah Rukh, Deepak Hooda and Sarfaraz Khan may prefer this time. Muhammad Shami, who played a fantastic role last season, will lead the team’s fast bowling attack. J. of Australia. Richardson and Riley Meredith have been strengthened by a fast bowling attack. There is also Chris Jordan on the team. We have to wait and see who gets the chance to launch a new ball attack with Shami. In the spin department, the team has bowlers like Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi.
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (captain), Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, successful Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Ryan Parag, David Miller, Rahul Tiwatia, Mahipal Lommer, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, Andro Tye, Jayadev, Jayadev , Chris Morris, Mustafizruhman, Chetan Zakaria, Casey Kariyappa, Liam Livingstone Kuladeep Yadav and Akash Singh.
Punjab Kings: Lokesh Rahul (skipper), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabhasimran Singh, Nicholas Puran, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Muhammad Shamil, Arshore, , J.K. Richardson, Shah Rukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen and Saurabh Kumar.
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