Mumbai: Another battle of big-hitters is on the playing cards when KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings tackle the Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals, two line-ups dotted with expansive stroke-makers and in pursuit of a winning start to their IPL campaigns right here on Monday.
Rajasthan will likely be banking closely on their swashbuckling all-rounder Ben Stokes. Stokes will likely be eager to get some runs underneath his belt and so would be the likes of Englishman Jos Buttler and newly-appointed skipper Samson, who’s a mine-field of expertise.
The Royals might choose to open with the highly-rated Yashasvi Jaiswal and Buttler. While Samson, who can be itching to show some extent, and Stokes would then type robust middle-order.
If the 4 fireplace on all cylinders, they will pummel any assault into submission and Punjab can be no exception on the Wankhede observe, which is often batting-friendly.
Royals even have an a number of different choices at their disposal, together with all-rounders Shivam Dube, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag and Liam Livingstone. Gopal, Tewatia and Parag, all bowl leg-spin, so it might be fascinating to see whether or not the Royals choose to go in with two leg-spinners. Tewatia and Dube have the power to whack the ball outdoors the park and look to be certainties within the enjoying XI.
With star pacer Jofra Archer lacking due to harm, the tempo assault may have to be led by Rajasthan’s latest recruit — South African all-rounder Chris Morris, who will likely be keen to justify his large price ticket of Rs 16.25 crore.
RR may have to get their mixture proper as solely 4 foreigners could make the enjoying XI. So, will probably be fascinating to see whether or not Royals choose for left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman or go in with both Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi or Chetan Sakariya.
Unadkat, together with his expertise, would possibly get the nod. On the opposite hand, Punjab boast of some hard-hitters like Rahul (670 runs in 2020 season), Mayank Agarwal (424 runs) and Chris Gayle.
Rahul and Agarwal shaped a deadly opening mixture in 2020 and would proceed to open.
They even have the likes of Englishman Dawid Malan, one of many most interesting T20 batsmen at present, hard-hitting Tamil Nadu batsman M Shahrukh Khan, and West Indian Nicholos Pooran.
For them too, it might be all about getting the mixture proper.
Shahrukh might get the nod forward of others like Deepak Hooda and Sarfaraz Khan, and will play the position of a finisher. The bowling assault will likely be led by Mohammed Shami, who was very good within the final version. Their pacer line-up has been bolstered by the signing of Australian speedsters Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith, who had a sensational Big Bash campaign, and in addition consists of Chris Jordan. It stays to be seen who takes the brand new ball with Shami.
With their spin assault a priority, Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi may have to play their roles nicely to comprise a devastating Rajasthan line-up.
Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson (c & wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Ben Stokes, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Anuj Rawat, Riyan Parag, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, KC Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabsimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar.