Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings played some exciting IPL matches , none better than the Tewatia special in 2020 chasing down 200 plus score.
Rajasthan has a new captain in Sanju Samson this year and it remains to be seen how well he adapts to his new role . This will be another matchup between two keeper captains.
The batting should start with Buttler and young Jaiswal followed by Samson at 3 and Stokes at four . Lot will depend on how Riyan Parag and Shivam Dube in this lineup performs in middle to late innings . Rahul Tewatia’s allround skills will be much in demand .
It also remains to be seen whether David Miller is utilised in the XI as he has off late showed flashes of his old abilities for South Africa this season . However they need to play Tye in this XI
The bowling is weakened by the withdrawal of Jofra Archer from this years IPL . Morris and Tye needs to take lots of responsibility and Sheyas Gopal will have a crucial role as the spinner .
Jaiswal , Buttler , Samson , Stokes , Parag , Dube , Tewatia , Morris , Gopal , Tye , Kartick Tyagi
Punjab looks to have a more settled team. Their top four is one of the best in this IPL consisting of Rahul , Mayank , Gayle and Pooran . It remains to be seen whether they go with the batsman in Malan or the allrounder in Henriques .
The bowling this year is looking thrustful with Jhye Richardson and Meredith in line up and Mohammed Shami back after injury . Bishnoi and Ashwin will provide spin cover and one more Indian fast bowler is likely to play between Ishan Porel or Arshdeep Singh who did well last season .
Rahul, Mayank , Gayle , Pooran , Henriques , Shahrukh Khan , Jhye Richardson , Bishnoi , M Ashwin, Shami , Arshdeep
With the match being played at Mumbai , the pitch with pace and carry will suit the fast bowlers more
On paper Punjab looks favourites and this should be an interesting game to watch .