Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals Betting Tips & Predictions

PK vs RR betting tips and predictions IPL 22
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Betting Expert, James Pacheco

Updated 05/05/2022

Categories: Cricket, Predictions

I’m about to offer you the best tips for IPL betting ahead of Friday’s match at the Wankhede Stadium. There’s the latest PK vs RR betting tips as well as the all-important online cricket betting opportunities ahead of the game.

The match starts on Saturday, May 7 at 7.30 pm IST and is an important match in the context of the season with the Royals looking to get back into a Top 2 finish and Punjab desperate for a win to get back on track for a Playoff spot.

Read on to find out who we think will win this one.

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PK vs RR Betting Odds

For my cricket betting tips on this game, I’m going with RR to win it.

They may be on a two-match losing streak but they’ve been pretty consistent up to now this season and against a Punjab side who you never know what you’re going to get with them, the Royals are the smart pick.

I’ll also have my usual toss winner pick and the PK v RR betting odds for my Hot Bet: a third tip at bigger odds than usual.

Read on to find out which IPL veteran, who is also his side’s captain, I’m going with to top score for his side.

Bet Odds Site
Match-winner: RR 1.83 Pure Win 
Toss winner: RR 1.89 Betway
HOT BET! Sanju Samson to be RR Top Batsman 4.34 10CRIC

PK vs RR Betting Winner Prediction

Recommended Bet: Back RR to win @ 1.83 with Pure Win 

This isn’t the easiest of matches to call.

The Royals are on a two-game losing streak and running the risk of throwing away the good work they did in the early stages of the campaign. A loss here and they’ll feel it will be very difficult to finish Top 2.

But the truth is they’ve been far more consistent than Punjab over the course of the season, not just in terms of results but also the way in which they’ve played.

Punjab probably have the better batting line-up but the Royals have some batting power of their own and we’d take the Royals’ bowlers over Punjab’s any day.

So it’s best to go with the side who have played better, have more in form players and that’s the Royals, who for good measure also have the superior head-to-head record.

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PK vs RR Hot Bet

Recommended Bet: Back Sanju Samson to be RR Top Batsman @ 4.34 with 10CRIC

If Jos Buttler goes out and gets another big score to win another top batsman betting market then good on him.

He’s still the Orange Cap holder and is on course to be the first player in IPL history to score four centuries in the same IPL season.

But at bigger odds of 4. 34 you can go with the skipper Sanju Samson who looked in great touch in the last match, top scoring with 54.

Interestingly, Samson is one of those players who sometimes takes a few matches to find his best form and could be peaking just now.

As an IPL veteran, in good form and at generous odds, batting at number three which is always a good spot to bat, he’s the pick.

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Punjab Kings Recent Form

A fine win over Gujarat no less has meant Punjab can still dream of a Playoff place given they’re currently sixth with five wins and five defeats.

They put in a good performance against the titans, restricting them to a low total and chasing it with ease.

What was particularly important about the chase was that they got the job done quickly to drastically improve their net run rate, which was much needed.

With the ball Kagiso Rabada took four wickets to ensure Gujarat didn’t build many partnerships while with the bat Shikhar Dhawan’s oil 62 made sure there were no wobbles in the chase.

Team News

The decision to bring back B Rajapaksa has been a good one because he was batting well before he was dropped and has batted well since coming back.

The one who’s in risk of being dropped now is Jonny Bairstow. In seven matches he has a top score of just 32. They’ve batted him in every position in the Top 5 but for whatever reason he’s really struggling and just can’t seem to get going.

It will be interesting to see if they persist with him or go back to Odeon Smith as their fourth overseas player, which would also give them another bowling option.

Player to Watch: Liam Livingstone

If one English player in Bairstow is struggling, then the same can’t be said of Liam Livingstone.

With the bat he’s averaging 35, is the team’s second highest runscorer behind Dhawan and best of all has a strike rate of 186, which is barely believable across 10 games.

He’s also taken three wickets, though he has admittedly been a bit expensive.

But he’s been really good in general and more than justified his expensive price tag at the auction. Punjab will look forward to counting on his services for years to come.

He’s 5.0 to be their top runscorer in this match and 9.0 to be man of the match.

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PBKS’ Likely XI

S Dhawan, Agarwal, Rajapaksa, Livingstone, Sharma, N Dhawan, Smith, Rabada, Chahar, Singh, Sharma.

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After such a bright start, the Royals are now on a two-match losing streak.

It’s not disastrous by any means and they’re still third at the time of writing but they need to be sure they don’t lose a third in a row and also lose all their momentum in the process.

We predicted a couple of weeks ago that they might struggle once Jos Buttler stopped scoring so many runs and so it proved.

It all looked very easy for them when he was scoring fifties and centuries but when he got just 22 against KKR the other day, no-one else (bar Samson) really stood up and they posted a below par score.

But on a brighter note skipper Sanju Samson played a fine knock and is coming into form.

They’ll need him at his best, assuming they make the Playoffs.

Team News

Last time out the Royals made the curious decision of only fielding three overseas players.

Curious because rather than playing an established international batsman like Rassie van der Dussen, they opted to play Karun Nair.

You could understand it if they were going to use him as a bowler to give the team greater balance but they didn’t, and he ended up scoring just 13 off 13.

Surely they’ll be a better side with van der Dussen in the side but let’s see what they decide to do.

Player to Watch: Shimron Hetmyer

It’s been interesting watching Hetmyer this tournament.

There’s no doubt he’s one of the best finishers in the game, smashing boundaries at will in the death overs and often remaining unbeaten, which helps to explain his extremely high average of 65 in IPL 2022.

But you have to wonder why they don’t bat him at four or five rather than six.

Surely if he faced a few more balls he’d score more runs and always at a fast rate.

The answer might be that they’re worried about his fitness.

Maybe he’s simply not fit enough to be at the crease and running hard for more than five or six overs.

He often looks absolutely spent after batting for just five or six overs and his fitness is the reason why the West Indies have left him out in the past.

Rajasthan’s Likely XI

Buttler, Padikkal, Samson, van der Dussen, Hetmyer, Parag, Ashwin, Boult, Krishna, Chahal, Sen.

Venue & conditions

It’s been hard work working out what’s par score at the Wankhede, the venue for this match.

In the last four matches, there have been low(ish) scores of 152 and 146, both chased easily, but also two scores of 195, one of which was chased down by Gujarat against SRH.

So first innings scores have varied quite a bit but what we do know is that chasing seems to be the way to go here.

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Head-to-Head

The Royals are 13-10 up over the years. But it’s been extremely level over the past few seasons with three wins each over the past three seasons. They haven’t played each other this season yet.

PBKS vs RR head to head statistics IPL 22

Punjab Kings v Rajasthan Royals Toss Prediction

Things have been extremely tight on the toss winner with Rajasthan just the one toss win ahead.

Sanju Samson has been pretty unlucky at the toss this season but we think he can win one at last.

PBKS vs RR toss winner stats IPL 22

Punjab 12 52.17%
Rajasthan 11 47.83%