Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Match Preview
The fourth match of the IPL 2021 sees Punjab Kings taking on Rajasthan Royals on Monday. Both sides failed to reach the playoffs last year as the fans would expect them to turn their fortunes around this year.
Punjab Kings had a miserable start in the first half of the tournament. Despite KL Rahul scoring a truckload of runs, the franchise lost games consecutively. However, the inclusion of Chris Gayle in the second half of the tournament turned their fortunes around.
They eventually finished their campaign at number six position in the points table. This year, they have made some valuable inclusions in Jhye Richardson, Fabien Allen and Shah Rukh Khan to name a few. They have one of the strongest batting line up, comprising KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran. Fast bowling department too looks sorted, having got the likes of Jhye Richardson, Chris Jordan, Mohammad Shami and Arshdeep Singh. Young spinners such as Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi will once again be handling the spin bowling duties.
Rajasthan Royals will play under a new skipper in Sanju Samson, this year. They purchased the services of Chris Morris to provide balance to the side. Also, they have invested in another all-rounder in Shivam Dube, which would give RR a lot of options when it comes to bowling. Their four likely overseas options for the first game could be Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Chris Morris and David Miller.