RR vs PBKS: Rajasthan Royals is all set to take on Punjab Kings tonight at Guwahati. This is the first match of the ongoing 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League which is being played at this venue, therefore, the pitch might be a surprise for both sides.
The Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals made a blockbuster start to their campaign by registering a brilliant win against SunRisers Hyderabad in the ongoing tournament and they would be keen to continue their winning run.
Shikhar Dhawan-led Punjab Kings also kicked off their campaign in IPL 2023 on a positive note as the captain struck a significant knock against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Dhawan is expected to lead the team with an example, considering the middle order is inexperienced.
Sanju Samson Won The Toss And Chose To Bowl First
Meanwhile, as the match started, the toss was won by RR captain Samson, who opted to bowl first. Sanju stated that they are playing with the same team and he was quite positive that dew would come into action. He said:
“We would like to bowl here. Expecting some dew. We will use the opportunity to bowl first. It is a great thought by the franchise. Loving it here. The players have gotten used to the conditions. We are going in with the same side. Very happy to see them grow. Jaiswal and Parag have grown a lot learning from the experienced guys,”
Punjab skipper Dhawan also revealed that he wanted to bowl first at Guwahati. He admitted the fact that they are not looking far too ahead & are taking one game at a time. He said:
“We all know the dew comes. We also wanted to bowl first. It is alright. We are used to it. Let’s go day by day. Not putting too much on pressure on myself. The process matters the most. Same eleven from the last game. RR are a very good side. They are playing good cricket. We want to give our best,”
Impact Players For RR vs PBKS:
Rajasthan Royals’ substitutes: Dhruv Jarel, Akash Vashisth, Murugan Ashwin, Kuldip Yadav, Donovan Fereira
Punjab Kings’ substitues: Atharva Taide, Harpreet Bhatia, Matthew Short, Rishi Dhawan, Mohit Rathee
Playing XIs of RR and PBKS:
Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson(w/c), Devdutt Padikkal, Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Ravichandran Ashwin, Trent Boult, KM Asif, Yuzvendra Chahal
Punjab Kings (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan(c), Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Jitesh Sharma(w), Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Nathan Ellis, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh