IPL 2023 Match 66 Prediction (PBKS vs RR) : Can PBKS kill to win and qualify for playoffs? Panjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals

The host PBKS, after suffering a defeat at the hands of low ranked Delhi Capitals, has reduced its chances of qualifying for playoffs. Currently, PBKS stands 8th in the points table with 12 points as it managed to win only 6 games out of 13. Now, the only way to keep hopes alive for playoffs is to win the upcoming game against RR. Moreover, not only winning can save PBKS but also a better NRR is required to stay at a safer position in points table. Therefore, the Shikhar Dhawan led side would surely want to win this game with a bigger margin.

Coming to RR, the team was completely shattered by the opponent which led RR’s defeat by 112 runs. This not only impacted its NRR but also pushed RR out of the top fours. The only thing that still keeps RR’s hope alive for playoffs is winning the upcoming game along with losses to top four teams in the remaining matches. The Sanju Samson led side would surely want to win this game with bang.

PBKS vs RR : Match Details

Venue : Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala

Date : Friday, May 19, 2023

Time : 7:30 PM IST 

Watch Live on : Star Sports Network & JioCinema

Image of HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala

PBKS vs RR : Pitch Report

The pitch at HPCA Stadium is generally favorable for fast bowlers due to the cool and high-altitude conditions. The ball tends to swing and seam, providing a challenging prospect for batters.

However, spinners also have a role to play on this pitch. As the match progresses, the pitch tends to dry out and assist spin bowling.

The dimensions of the ground are relatively smaller, which helps batter to clear the boundaries easily.

Any score around 200 could be a good one to defend.

Out of the total 10 matches played here, 6 have been won by the team batting first whereas 4 by the chasers.

The captain winning the toss should field first.

PBKS vs RR : Head to Head

Both teams have encountered each other 25 times in IPL history out of which RR has won 14 games and Panjab has won 11.

Poster of IPL 2023 Match 66 prediction between PBKS vs RR
Head to Head : PBKS vs RR

PBKS vs RR : Team Playing XI Prediction

Panjab Kings (PBKS)

  • Shikhar Dhawan (C)
  • Atharva Taide
  • Liam Livingstone
  • Jitesh Sharma (WK)
  • Sam Curran
  • Shahrukh Khan
  • Harpreet Brar
  • Rahul Chahar
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Nathan Ellis
  • Arshdeep Singh

Rajasthan Royals (RR)

  • Yashasvi Jaiswal
  • Jos Buttler
  • Sanju Samson (C&WK)
  • Joe Root
  • Dhruv Jurel
  • Shimron Hetmyer
  • Ravichandran Ashwin
  • Adam Zampa
  • Sandeep Sharma
  • KM Asif
  • Yuzvendra Chahal

PBKS vs RR : Best Performers’ Prediction

Best Batsman 

Yashasvi Jaiswal

The top RR batter’s performance in IPL 2023 has been remarkable. Hitting a total of 575 runs in 13 matches with a splendid average of 47.92 and an outstanding strike rate of 166.18, Jaiswal showcased his excellent skills. He displayed his batting prowess by smashing the quickest fifty of IPL history. Currently, he ranks 3rd in the Orange Cap standings. He seems to be outperform opponent bowlers in the upcoming game.

Best Bowler

Yuzvendra Chahal

The ace leg-spinner has been consistent and impactful, making him one of the standout performers in the tournament. So far, Chahal has taken 21 wickets in 13 matches which puts him at 3rd rank in Purple Cap standings. Having an average of 18.67 and an impressive economy rate of 8.03, Chahal had played a crucial role in his team’s journey in the competition. So, seems to be the best pick for the bowler of the day.

PBKS vs RR : Today’s Match Winner Prediction

Rajasthan Royals is likely to win the match.

Disclaimer: The above predictions are based on personal understanding and analysis of the author. Kindly make your own decision while making any prediction based on the predictions mentioned above.

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