Date: May 19, 2023
Time : 7:30 PM IST
Venue : Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamshala
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Punjab Kings will take on Rajasthan Royals in the match 66 of the Indian Premier League 2023 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala. PBKS will play this fixture against their arch-nemesis RR, after defeating them in Guwahati earlier in the tournament. Both the Kings and Royals currently have an outside chance of making the IPL playoffs, that’s why a win is a must for either of the teams when they take the field on May 19 in Dharamshala.
The runs at the top of the order from Prabhsimran Singh and captain Shikhar Dhawan in recent matches has been one of the biggest reasons why Punjab Kings are well within reach of the IPL playoffs spot this late in the tournament. The likes of Liam Livingstone and Jitesh Sharma putting up good scores on the board in middle to end overs for PBKS, has also helped the cause immensely. Meanwhile, in the bowling department, the wickets from Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, and Nathan Ellis has led to the Kings becoming a more formidable outfit than before.
Rajasthan Royals had a wretched time in Jaipur the last time they played an IPL match, where they were bowled out under 60 runs by Royal Challengers Bangalore in a must win encounter. Even though Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler have been amongst the runs for RR this season, they haven’t managed to put together a strong opening stand for the team in their last few outings. As far as the bowling goes, the spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and R Ashwin has been phenomenal for the Royals, but lack of substantial contribution from the fast bowlers has literally undone their work, especially in the second half of the tournament.
Punjab Kings: Prabhsimran Singh, Shikhar Dhawan (c), Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Nathan Ellis, Arshdeep Singh (Potential Impact Substitute - Rishi Dhawan for Prabhsimran Singh)
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Joe Root, Shimron Hetmyer, Dhruv Jurel, R Ashwin, Trent Boult, Sandeep Sharma, KM Asif, Yuzvendra Chahal (Potential Impact Player - Devdutt Padikkal for Yuzvendra Chahal)
Grand League Team:
Wicketkeepers: Jitesh Sharma, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson
Batters : Prabhsimran Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Yashasvi Jaiswal
All-rounders : Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar, R Ashwin
Bowlers : Rahul Chahar, Nathan Ellis, Trent Boult, Yuzvendra Chahal
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