Languishing on the backside half of the factors desk, the seventh ranked Punjab facet has as soon as once more been stricken by ordinary inconsistency and in consequence have managed to win solely 5 of their 10 outings up to now.
Already into the enterprise finish of the match, Punjab sorely wanted a complete win to resurrect their wayward marketing campaign, and the eight-wicket win over the Titans got here on the proper juncture. Steered by Kagiso Rabada’s four-wicket burst and Shikhar Dhawan‘s elegant half-century, the win over Gujarat with 4 overs to spare additionally pushed Punjab’s web run fee from -0.470 to -0.229.
Up in opposition to a Rajasthan bowling assault in Saturday’s afternoon sport, Punjab will hope for Dhawan to do an encore, moreover anticipating the likes of Liam Livingstone, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Jitesh Sharma to hearth in unison to submit or defend a giant complete.
Englishman Jonny Bairstow‘s repeated failures and Mayank’s underwhelming marketing campaign have again and again dampened the spirit for the purple and gold brigade, and as such Rishi Dhawan and the decrease order can be anticipated to pull above their weight as and when the scenario calls for.
On the bowling entrance, Punjab lastly appears to have discovered a settled mixture this season. South African tempo spearhead Rabada has led from the entrance with four-wicket hauls in the final two video games, and the Indian trio of Arshdeep Singh, Sandeep Sharma and Rishi Dhawan have additionally been on the cash. It will likely be attention-grabbing to see if leggie Rahul Chahar is rested for a few ties to accommodate left-arm spinner Harpreet Brar.
On the opposite hand, smarting from two successive losses, third-placed Rajasthan will want to look past their over-dependence on Jos Buttler, and count on the likes of Sanju Samson, Devdutt Padikkal and Shimron Hetymar to step up. Padikkal’s failure to go ballistic has in a means affected the Royals who’ve ended up with below-par totals of 144, 158 and 152 in their final three matches.
Also Riyan Parag, with one half century in 10 innings up to now, desperately wants some runs and some scalps to justify his choice.
Rajasthan’s bowling assault has been respectable with the Indian pair of Prasidh Krishna and Kuldeep Sen complimenting New Zealander Trent Boult effectively.