Punjab vs Rajasthan, 27th IPL 2024 Match Preview

Punjab vs Rajasthan

Punjab Kings (PBKS) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) — the 27th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL)  2024 guarantees to be a blockbuster contest featuring the strongest batting sides. Both franchises have an impressive fanbase and the upcoming clash is highly anticipated to experience a thrilling show of cricketing competency, strategy and individual brilliance.

In this preview, let’s analyse the performance of both teams in the ongoing season of IPL 2024 so far and compare the head-to-head stats that help to determine the winner of the forthcoming contest. If you’re aware of the schedule, venue, and timings of the match, then you need to know the weather forecast and the chances of hosting a full-fledged 20-over game.

Should the winning team captain choose to bat or bowl first after winning the toss based on the pitch conditions? Let’s find out many interesting facts and stats by predicting the list of probable playing XI and impact players in detail…

Punjab Kings (PBKS) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR) IPL 2024: Schedule, Venue and Timings

Here are the schedule, venue and timings of the most awaited 27th match of IPL 2024 between Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR):  

Date and Day13th April 2024  (Saturday)
VenueMullanpur Cricket Stadium, Chandigarh (Punjab)
Seating Capacity38,000
Timings07:30 pm  IST

Punjab vs Rajasthan IPL 2024: Weather Report during the match

The weather forecast for the forthcoming contest between Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals makes fans question if there is a possibility of a 20-over game:

Expected temperature during the match20°C to 25 °C
Cloud CoverCloudy Sky (99% cloud cover)
Wind Speed10 to 15 km/hr
Chances of Rain40%
Humidity in Air52%

As there are 40% chances of rain, either the overs might be reduced (if the match gets interrupted in between) or the toss could be postponed for some time to experience a complete T20 game.

Performance Analysis in IPL 2024: Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals

1. Punjab Kings (PBKS): 8th position ( 4 points with -0.196 NRR)

Out of 5 matches played in IPL 2024, the Punjab Kings have won only 2 matches against the Delhi Capitals (DC) and Gujarat Titans (GT). Both these victories came while chasing targets.

After facing a 2-run loss against the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the Shikhar Dhawan’s led side will be aiming to sharpen their chasing skills for the upcoming match played at their home ground. Also, the PBKS have lost 2 out of 3 matches while chasing targets.

Mainly, the weakest bowling attack of PBKS allows the opponent teams to chase the target conveniently.  

2. Rajasthan Royals (RR): 1st position ( 8 points with +0.871 NRR)

The Rajasthan Royals still maintain the top position in the IPL 2024 points table despite losing their first match of the season against Gujarat Titans.

However, the consistent performance of Sanju Samson and Riyan Parag maintains the strength of the batting order.

Out of 5 matches, Rajasthan Royals won 4 of them. It includes 2 victories achieved batting first and 2 of them while chasing targets. 

On the other side, Yashasvi Jaiswal as the RR opener hasn’t been in his best form compared to the previous season. In 5 innings, the 22-year-old left-handed batter scored only 63 runs with an average of 12.6. He needs to focus on his batting skills to score huge runs and secure his spot in the Indian cricket team for the upcoming T20 World Cup in June 2024.

Head-To-Head Stats: Punjab Kings (PBKS) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR)

Out of 26 matches played between Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), it would be interesting to determine the head-to-head record of which team had a dominating record in their past encounters: 

Total Matches Played26
Matches Won by PBKS11
Matches Won by RR15
Highest score by PBKS223-2 in 20 overs (IPL 2020)
Lowest score by PBKS124-10 in 18.5 overs (IPL 2013)
Highest score by RR226-6 in 19.3 overs (IPL 2020)
Lowest score by RR112-7 in 20 overs (IPL 2009)

From the above stats, you might have understood that the Rajasthan Royals maintained their domination against the Punjab Kings in all seasons of IPL so far.

Probable Playing XI and Impact Players List: Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals

Just imagine your excitement levels if the expected playing XI and impact players list of both Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals turn out to be the same during the match.

Probable Playing XI of Punjab Kings (PBKS):

  1. Shikhar Dhawan (Captain)
  2. Jonny Bairstow
  3. Jitesh Sharma (wicketkeeper)
  4. Ashutosh Sharma
  5. Sam Curran
  6. Shashank Singh
  7. Sikandar Raza
  8. Harpreet Brar
  9. Harshal Patel
  10. Kagiso Rabada
  11. Arshdeep Singh

Expected Impact Players List of Punjab Kings (PBKS):

  1. Prabhsimran Singh
  2. Nathan Ellis
  3. Tanay Thyagarajan
  4. Rahul Chahar
  5. Rishi Dhawan

Probable Playing XI of Rajasthan Royals (RR):

  1. Yashasvi Jaiswal
  2. Jos Buttler
  3. Sanju Samson (captain/ wicketkeeper)
  4. Riyan Parag
  5. Dhruv Jurel
  6. Shimron Hetmyer
  7. Ravichandran Ashwin
  8. Trent Boult
  9. Avesh Khan
  10. Kuldeep Sen
  11. Yuzvendra Chahal

Expected Impact Players List of Rajasthan Royals (RR):

  1. Rovman Powell
  2. Tanush Kotian
  3. Shubham Dubey
  4. Keshav Maharaj
  5. Navdeep Saini

Toss Outcome and Pitch Conditions: Punjab vs Delhi IPL 2024 27th match

The black soil on the Mullanpur pitch helps pacers a lot to deliver bouncers with the new ball and at the same time experienced batters can score runs instantly. Any team skipper would invite the opponent team to bat first after winning the toss. You can expect a score of 175 to 185 runs at this venue.

Punjab vs Rajasthan 27th Match Winner Prediction: Overall Facts

Since both Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings possess unique strengths and weaknesses, it would be interesting to experience which team will be aiming to prove their spirit on-field.

A win for Rajasthan Royals ensures that they remain at the top position of the IPL 2024 points table unless Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) wins its next match against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on 14th April 2024 (Sunday).

On the other side, the Punjab Kings will be desperate to clinch a victory against one of the strongest teams of IPL 2024 to climb up the rankings in the points table. Especially, the PBKS  will be playing their next 3 matches at Mullanpur on a trot and will aim to make use of playing on their home ground. It could be only possible if Punjab Kings improve their chasing abilities as well as bowling skills to defend targets against the strongest opposition teams.

Ultimately, you need to grab your seats and wait for the action-packed entertainer of the 27th match of IPL 2024 between Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals at the Mullanpur Stadium!