Punjab and Rajasthan will face off in the Indian Premier League in the first game of the doubleheader on Saturday. While Rajasthan are placed at the number 3 spot on the points tally and Punjab are currently seventh, so competitive has this edition of the tournament been, that the difference between them is only of 2 points.
Prior to their meeting at the Wankhede Stadium, here is a stat-based prediction on how things could unfold in this fixture.
1. Toss Prediction
Punjab and Rajasthan have both been unlucky with the tosses and have won 2 each in IPL 2022. Given that Mayank Agarwal has won both tosses in 9 matches (as he missed one game), he has a better toss winning per cent as captain this season a than Sanju Samson. So predicting Punjab to win the toss.
2. Win Possibility
The two teams have met a total of 23 times in the past in this tournament. While Rajasthan have 13 wins, on the other 10 occasions it is Punjab who have come out on top. In the points table too as of now, Rajasthan are placed above Punjab. Having said that, while Punjab are coming on the back of a win against table-toppers Gujarat in their last match, Rajasthan lost their previous two matches. Yet due to their versatility and all-round bowling attack, predicting Rajasthan to win this fixture.
3. Team of the Day
The Team of the Day is Rajasthan who not only enjoy a better head-to-head record but have a better win percentage than Punjab in this edition of the tournament.
4. Powerplay Score
The wickets are getting slower and run-scoring has been difficult early on in the innings. If this trend is anything to go by, both sides will score less than 50 runs in the first six overs.
5. Average first innings and second innings score
The average first innings score at the Wankhede Stadium in IPL 2022 is 170.30. Similarly, the average second innings score at the venue has been 165.69.
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