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IPL 2024: Match 27 (PBKS vs RR) – 3 Player Battles To Watch Out For
By CricShots - Apr 13, 2024 12:31 pm
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The glitz and glamour of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 rolls on as Punjab Kings (PBKS) lock horns with Rajasthan Royals (RR) in a crucial encounter at the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium in Mullanpur, Chandigarh on April 13th. Both teams head into this match licking their wounds from narrow defeats in their previous outings. While Rajasthan Royals were on a four-match winning streak before their recent loss to Gujarat Titans (GT), they remain atop the points table.

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada

On the other hand, Punjab Kings find themselves languishing in eighth position, desperately seeking a victory to climb the rankings. Shikhar Dhawan’s men have shown glimpses of brilliance, with youngsters Shashank Singh and Ashutosh Sharma providing glimpses of hope with their recent swashbuckling knocks. However, converting individual brilliance into consistent team performances remains the key challenge for PBKS.

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Historically, Rajasthan Royals hold the upper hand in this matchup, having triumphed in 15 of the 26 IPL encounters between the two sides. This adds another layer of intrigue to the upcoming clash, with both teams looking to regain their winning momentum.

Here are three key player battles that could shape the PBKS vs RR game:

#2 Shashank Singh vs Yuzvendra Chahal

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal

This match-up promises an exciting clash between a young gun and a seasoned veteran. Shashank Singh, the emerging star of the PBKS batting line-up, has displayed promising power-hitting in the last two matches. Yuzvendra Chahal, RR’s trump card, will be tasked with stopping Singh in his tracks.

Chahal, currently the joint top wicket-taker with 10 scalps, is known for his ability to control the middle overs and even contribute effectively in the death overs. Shashank Singh, who hasn’t faced Chahal in the IPL before, will need to be cautious yet aggressive against the wily spinner’s variations.

#2 Shikhar Dhawan vs Trent Boult

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan takes a successful DRS

The match kicks off with a fascinating battle between seasoned campaigners: Shikhar Dhawan, the PBKS skipper, and Trent Boult, the fiery left-arm pacer of RR. Their limited head-to-head record in the IPL (Dhawan scoring 86 runs off 77 deliveries with one dismissal against Boult) hints at a potential edge for the in-form Boult.

Dhawan’s recent form has been a cause for concern, managing only 152 runs in five matches. Boult, on the other hand, is on a roll, consistently taking early wickets with his intimidating swing deliveries. This battle will test Dhawan’s ability to play through the initial pressure and anchor the PBKS innings.

#3 Jos Buttler vs Kagiso Rabada

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler, the explosive opener for RR, will be looking to regain his lost touch against the express pace of Kagiso Rabada. While their head-to-head record shows that Buttler has scored freely off Rabada (47 runs at a strike rate of 162.06), Rabada has also dismissed him twice in the IPL.

Royals have been concerned about Buttler’s recent dip in form, though his match-winning century against Royal Challengers Bangalore proves his potential. PBKS will be well aware of the threat he poses and will rely on Rabada’s raw pace and accuracy to restrict Buttler early in the innings.