PBKS struggled in the first leg with only three wins in their bag, which sees them at the sixth place in the points table. Going into the second leg, the Punjab-based franchise will be looking to turn around things as they have added the likes of Adil Rashid and Nathan Ellis who might be their game-changers on the slow pitches of the UAE. They’ll also be trying to get the most out of the South African batsman Aiden Markram after their number one T20I batter Dawid Malan pulled out from the second leg. Punjab lost their last game in the VIVO IPL 2021 against Delhi Capitals by seven wickets.
RR having three wins and four losses out of the seven matches that they played in the first leg are currently placed fifth in the points table. With four of their original overseas picks for the season will be missing out on the second leg, the franchise would be expecting their replacements to step on the paddle to get the needed five out of seven wins in the second leg if they want to qualify for the playoffs. The team would also be expecting some good performances from Liam Livingstone seeing his stellar form in the last few months in the shortest format. RR won their last outing in the VIVO IPL 2021 by 55 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
PBKS and RR have played against each other a total of 22 times, in which the latter has the upper hand by winning 12 of them with the former only winning 10.
Their last encounter in the first phase of the IPL 2021 was a narrow fixture where Punjab won by four runs.
Punjab Kings – PBKS will be missing the services of their two Australian pacers, Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith along with Dawid Malan. As for their replacements, PBKS has added Adil Rashid, Australian pacer Nathan Ellis and Aiden Markram.
Rajasthan Royals – Right at the start of the tournament, RR missed out on their key players; Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes. With the start of the second leg, they’ll also be missing Jos Butler and Andrew Tye. RR has added Glenn Phillips, Evin Lewis, Oshane Thomas and Tabraiz Shamsi as replacements.
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Punjab Kings – The Principal sponsors of PBKS are BKT, Reliance Jio, Dream 11, Boat, All Seasons Hand Rub, and Lotus Herbals.
Rajasthan Royals – The Principal sponsors of RR are Reliance Jio, KEI Wires & Cables, BKT, Red Bull, and Expo 2020 Dubai.