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Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Predictions - Sanju Samson to cement second place for Royals

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  • Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings tips for Wednesday’s IPL group clash (04:00 PM SAST)
  • Sanju Samson (486 runs) is fifth on the IPL runs list.
  • Can the Punjab Kings fight their way off the bottom of the table by beating the Rajasthan Royals?
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Sanju Samson hits out against the Delhi Capitals. (credit: Arun Sankar / Getty Images)

Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Predictions


The Royals have a game in hand to try and secure second place on the table, but their form has departed them. They have lost their last three matches on the bounce but if they win their last two matches they will end top of the table. Punjab Kings have just pride to play for, but with their game in hand, they can rise off the bottom of the table if they win both of their remaining matches. 

  • Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson has scored 38*, 71* & 86 in his last 5 innings.
  • Rajasthan Royals’ Riyan Parag has scored 77, 27 & 47* in his last 3 innings.
  • Punjab Kings’ Rilee Rossouw has scored 26, 43 & 61 in his last 4 innings.
  • Punjab Kings’ Jonny Bairstow has scored 108*, 46 & 27 in his last 4 innings.

Head-to-Head


The Royals have won four of their last five matches against the Punjab Kings, including the last two on the bounce. 

Rajasthan Royals Form


The Royals’ run of four wins in a row was ruined when they lost their next three matches in a row, the last of which was a five-wicket loss to the Chennai Super Kings.

The Royals scored 141/5 off their 20 overs, Riyan Parag top-scoring with 47 off 35 balls. 

The Super Kings raced to the win off 18.2 overs, ending on 145/5.  Ravichandran Ashwin (2/35, econ 8.75), Nandre Burger (1/21, econ 7.00) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/22, econ 5.50) were the pick of the Royals’ bowlers. 

Rajasthan Royals Team News


The Royals will be without Jos Buttler, who is with the England World Cup squad, while Shimron Hetmyer is likely to be unavailable through injury. Tom Kohler-Cadmore could be in line for his IPL debut to replace Buttler.

Punjab Kings Form


After enjoying a pair of excellent wins against the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Chennai Super Kings, the Punjab Kings then lost to the Super Kings and the Royal Challengers.  

The last match was against the Royal Challengers, who piled on 241/8, the 16th-highest score in the history of the IPL. Harshal Patel (3/38) was the best of the Punjab bowlers.

Punjab got off to a flying start, with Rilee Rossouw scoring a breezy 61 off 27 balls (nine fours, three sixes) at a strike-rate of 225.92, but they were bowled out for 181 off 17 overs. 

Punjab Kings Team News


The Kings will be without Liam Livingstone, who has returned to England to seek medical attention for his knee in the hope of being fit for the T20 World Cup. The good news is that Rilee Rossouw seems to have found form as the Kings battle to avoid the wooden spoon.

Verdict

I am backing Rajasthan Royals to win. I am also backing Sanju Samson to top score for Rajasthan Royals.

Rilee Rossouw is a good bet to top score for the Punjab Kings.
     
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