Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Predictions

Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Betting tips & predictions for IPL 2021
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Sports Expert, Chi Dubey

Last updated on 27th May 2021

Published: 11/04/2021

Categories: Cricket, Predictions

Punjab Kings will play Rajasthan Royals in their first match of the Indian Premier League 2021 on Monday, April 12. The match will start at 7:30 pm IST at the Wankhede Stadium and should make for an intriguing encounter.

The best Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings predictions and betting tips up next!

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Rajasthan vs Punjab Betting Predictions

Below are the best cricket betting tips we’ve picked for you ahead of today’s IPL game.

Punjab Kings have a significantly stronger squad than Rajasthan Royals, at least on paper. Given the presence of big names in their team, many of whom are T20 specialists, we are favouring them for a win here.

Bet Odds Site
Match Winner: Punjab 1.90 Betway
Toss Winner: Punjab 1.90 10CRIC
Over 12.5 sixes in the match 1.83 Betway
HOT BET! PBKS Top Bowler: Jhye Richardson 4.00 10CRIC

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Rajasthan Royals Team News for the match with Punjab Kings

Rajasthan Team News

Rajasthan Royals are one of the very few teams in the IPL 14 that are banking primarily on local talent.

This is also a big test for Sanju Samson who will be captaining the side this season and has his task cut out for him with the bat as well. While he has some captaincy experience in domestic tournaments, IPL is an entirely different ball game.

Meanwhile, Jofra Archer is set to miss out on early IPL action on account of his surgery. This leaves quite a bit of pressure on the likes of Chris Morris and Mustafizur Rahman, their two new signings of the season.

Batting-wise, expectations will be high from David Miller, Jost Buttler, and Ben Stokes.

Keep in mind that this team is largely untested and is likely to face a few challenges along the way.

Likely XI: Buttler, Samson, Stokes, Morris, Gopal, Tewatia, Unadkat, Tyagi, Markande, Vohra, Jaiswal

Punjab Kings Team News for the match with Rajasthan Royals

Punjab Team News

Punjab Kings are undoubtedly fielding one of the strongest squads in the IPL. With so many big names and talented stars to choose from, Anil Kumble has certainly got an interesting conundrum in his hands.

The team will be led by KL Rahul, who is coming off a brilliant run in the India-England Series. They have also got Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, and #1 T20I Batsman in the world – Dawid Malan.

Then, you also have Moises Henriques and Jhye Richardson – both of whom had a sensational time in the Big Bash League last season.

Henriques led the Sydney Sixers to the title while Richardson was the league’s leading wicket-taker.

Similarly, Riley Meredith and Chris Jordan also present a significant threat in the bowling department.

Likely XI: Agarwal, Rahul, Gayle, Henriques, Pooran, Richardson, Shami, Bishnoi, Khan, Singh, Saxena

Venue & conditions

The match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai which is generally a high-scoring ground and has a few short boundaries too.

As evident from the first match in the venue, this a turf where it is more than possible to score upwards of 150-160 runs. And when you have hitters like Gayle and Rahul in the team, that figure can very well increase.

RR vs PK Head-to-Head

Rajasthan are up 12-9 in the head-to-head tally but don’t let that deter you from backing Punjab Kings. There is also revenge on the cards for the Punjab side, seeing that they lost both of their ties to the Royals last season.

Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Head to Head Stats IPL 14

Toss Winner

In terms of toss winners, Rajasthan Royals lead the way again although, it is only a marginal lead. Interestingly, they also won the toss in both of their wins over Punjab Kings in the IPL 2020.

Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Coin Toss Stats

TEAMS TOSS WIN %
Rajasthan 11 52.3%
Punjab 10 47.6%

Rajasthan vs Punjab Match Winner Prediction

Recommended Bet: Back PK to win @ 1.9 with Betway

Once again, our reasoning for this RR vs PK betting tip is absolutely simple – Punjab Kings are one of the strongest teams in this year’s IPL.

It is the considerable difference in star factor and the quality of players between the two teams that make us back the Kings.

Granted that in the last few seasons, their performance has been below par but this season, there is something different around them.

They shelled big bucks in the auction and handpicked some of the best T20 players from all parts of the world. It is for the same reason why we have pegged them as one of the favourites to win the IPL 2021!

Moreover, the fact that Rajasthan Royals are also pegged at 1.90 to win this game means that the betting sites are looking at this as an evenly matched fixture.

However, between the two, we believe that Punjab Kings have a fairly better chance of winning against untested and to some extent, slightly under-experienced Rajasthan Royals.

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Over 12.5 sixes in the match

Recommended Bet: Back Total Sixes in the Match Over 12.5 @ 1.83 with Betway

The opening match in the Wankhede Stadium between Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings saw 15 sixes in total. There is no reason why we cannot expect something similar in this game too.

In fact, if you ask us, this over/under boundaries is one of the safest cricket betting markets to consider.

After all, Punjab Kings have got all the firepower in the world to hit that many sixes all by themselves – Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and others.

Even in Rajasthan Royals, you have Buttler and Morris who can hit it beyond the boundary line. And lastly, this is the IPL and it is hard to imagine a match without many sixes.

Today’s RR vs PK Hot Bet

Recommended bet: Back Jhye Richardson to be Top PK Bowler @ 4.00 with 10CRIC

Between Richardson, Jordan, and Meredith, Richardson is likely to get the nod to start in the playing XI.

He is the most expensive player in the team at Rs. 14 crore and the management will look to get the best of their investment, right from the get go.

Jhye was instrumental in Perth Scorcher’s runner-up feat in the Big Bash League last season, picking up 29 wickets to become the highest wicket-taker for the season.

The 24-year-old is bustling with raw talent and skills and will be eager to prove his mettle in the world’s biggest T20 cricket tournament too.

Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings fun statistics

  • Henriques and Richardson of Punjab Kings were last season’s Big Bash League finalists, playing on the opposing sides.
  • PK have also spent upwards of Rs. 30 crore in the pre-season transfer this season to buy quality players
  • With Archer not available for the next few weeks, Rajasthan Royals have only three international pacers to choose from – Mustafizur Rahman, Ben Stokes, and Chris Morris.
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