Image Source - Twitter

IPL 2022 – The BEST Punjab Kings Playing XI to face the Rajasthan Royals

Punjab Kings (PBKS) have won only five of their ten league games in the Indian Premier League 2022. They currently have only four group stage matches left and will need to win at least three of them to make a solid case for a playoff position. They interrupted the Gujarat Titans’ five-match winning streak in their last league match, which they won by eight wickets.

Kagiso Rabada was the standout bowler for the Kings, who limited the opposition to 143 runs. In response, the batters chased down the score in only 16 overs, with Shikhar Dhawan and Bhanuka Rajapaksa contributing the most.

PBKS will meet the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in their next match on May 7 at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The side is expected to make forced changes for this game, with Harpreet Brar replacing Rahul Chahar, who suffered a hand injury in the previous league play.

In this article, we are going to talk about the BEST Punjab Kings Playing XI to face the Rajasthan Royals.

Jonny Bairstow and Shikhar Dhawan open the innings

 

Image Source – Twitter

 

The Punjab Kings’ opening duo was changed in the previous game, with Jonny Bairstow replacing Mayank Agarwal. However, they will need to form some solid alliances and get their act together if the team is to get off to a successful start in their forthcoming matches.

Bairstow has only allowed 80 runs in seven innings, with an average of 11.43 and a nominal strike rate of 105.26. In the previous match, he batted in his ideal position but only managed one run before being removed when hitting a pull shot off Mohammed Shami’s bowling.

Dhawan, the seasoned campaigner, is the glue that holds the PBKS batting together, as he can knock around and sew partnerships with authority. He has 369 runs in 10 innings, with a high score of 88*. He scored 62* runs from 53 balls in the most recent league encounter.

 

Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Mayank Agarwal, and Jitesh Sharma add depth to the middle order

 

Image Source – Twitter

 

Following the opening slot, the Kings boast a talented middle-order. Bhanuka Rajapaksa, the Sri Lankan batter, was called back into the lineup and delivered an outstanding performance. In the most recent league match, the southpaw hit 40 off 28 balls and stitched a brilliant 87-run combination with Dhawan to help the team win.

Mayank Agarwal, the captain, has been underwhelming throughout the competition, and much more is expected of him. After the conclusion of the previous league encounter, he hinted at batting at the number four position. In nine innings, he has only scored 161 runs at an average of 20.13, with a high of 52.

Jitesh Sharma, the wicket-keeper, has not batted much in the last few games, but he has done well to contribute quickly in the competition. He has 124 runs scored in six innings and a strike rate of 156.96.

 

Liam Livingstone and Rishi Dhawan come in as the all-rounder duo

 

Image Source – Twitter

 

The team is comprised of talented all-rounders with T20 experience. Liam Livingstone, an Englishman, has been in fantastic form in the league, and this is his best-ever IPL season. Certainly, the team’s mentality has suited him better in this club.

Livingstone has tonked 293 runs in 10 innings at a strike rate of 186.62, with a high score of 64. In the most recent league match, he scored 30* from 10 balls and struck the season’s longest six of 117 m.

Rishi was called up after recuperating from an injury, and the squad was in need of an experienced pace-bowling all-rounder. He has taken three wickets and scored 21 runs in three matches. His bowling was quite economical in the previous encounter, as he gave away only 26 runs in four overs and took one wicket.

 

Kagiso Rabada, Harpreet Brar, Arshdeep Singh, and Sandeep Sharma form the bowling attack

 

Image Source – Twitter

 

The bowling section has been a touch erratic in their performances, but their success in the last match will keep them optimistic heading into this league match. Rabada, the Proteas pacer, has 17 wickets in nine matches and is the team’s highest wicket-taker. In the most recent match, he finished with figures of 4/33 from four overs.

Arshdeep Singh, one of the retained pacers, is not at his best, but he has been quite economical, to say the least. The teenager has four wickets with an economy of 7.85 in ten games. Sandeep Sharma, on the other hand, let up only 17 runs in his full quota of overs and will like to keep up his good form.

During one of his overs in the previous game, Rahul Chahar injured himself while retrieving the ball from the fielder. Harpreet Brar can possibly replace Rahul Chahar for this match, he can be given an opportunity in this tie because to the number of right-handers in the RR lineup.