IPL 2021: Punjab Kings (PBKS) is playing a match against Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 today. Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul has won the toss and decided to bowl first. Rajasthan Royals team will bat first. This match between the two teams is being held at the Dubai International Stadium.
After the toss, KL Rahul said that we will bowl first. There is no planning done for this. There is a fresh wicket with grass. We don’t know how the pitch will play, but I like to chase the score.. We have learned a lot from last year. Pooran, Markram, Rashid and Allen are our overseas players. Birthday boy Chris Gayle is not playing in this match. At the same time, Rajasthan’s Captain Sanju Samson said that we are happy in both chasing the target and giving it by setting the target.
Let us inform that IPL 2021 was postponed in the middle of May due to the increase in Kovid-19 cases in the IPL bio-secure bubble. Before the season was postponed, the KL Rahul-led side were sixth in the IPL points table with six points from eight matches (three wins and five losses). At the same time, Rajasthan Royals were fifth in the table with six points from seven matches (three wins and four losses). However, after KKR’s win over RCB in Dubai on Monday, both the teams have slipped down a notch.
Now the team of Rajasthan has reached the sixth place. While the team of Punjab is in seventh place. Both the teams will go on the field with the intention of winning. KL Rahul and Sanju Samson will have a big responsibility on their shoulders in today’s match.
Ahead of their upcoming match, Punjab Kings had to make a lot of changes to the squad with Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith and David Malan pulling out of the rest of the fixtures. They have been replaced by Nathan Ellis, Adil Rashid and Aiden Markram. On the other hand, Rajasthan will go without Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Andrew Tye for the upcoming matches. The Rajasthan Royals’ Sanju Samson-led team has included Glenn Phillips, Evin Lewis, Oshane Thomas and Tabriaz Shamsi.
Punjab Kings Playing XI: KL Rahul (w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Adil Rashid, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel
Rajasthan Royals Playing XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (w/c), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakaria, Karthik Tyagi
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