In a historic moment for the Indian Premier League (IPL), the northeastern city of Guwahati plays host to the highly anticipated match between Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Shikhar Dhawan’s Punjab Kings (PBKS) on April 5. With both teams coming off a win in their opening games, this 8th match of IPL 2023 promises to be a fierce contest.
The Mighty Royals: RR’s Strong Core Poised to Triumph
Boasting a formidable core, the Rajasthan Royals have what it takes to vanquish any team. With the likes of Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Yashasvi Jaiswal, and Shimron Hetmyer in their batting lineup, RR’s firepower is not to be underestimated. Add to that the bowling prowess of Trent Boult, Ravi Ashwin, and Yuzvendra Chahal, and the Royals have an impressive lineup.
Despite the unfamiliarity with the Guwahati venue, RR’s batters are expected to thrive on the batting-friendly track. Chahal, who led the bowling unit to dismantle the Hyderabad lineup in their tournament opener, is also poised for another stellar performance.
Punjab Kings: Powerhouse Lineup Despite Livingstone’s Absence
Although Liam Livingstone will miss the game against RR due to pending fitness clearance from the ECB, the Punjab Kings still boast a powerful lineup. Kagiso Rabada is set to make a comeback after his national duties, joining a formidable batting lineup featuring Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Sikandar Raza, and Shahrukh Khan.
PBKS’ bowling lineup is equally impressive, with Rabada, Arshdeep Singh, and Sam Curran prepared to wreak havoc on the opposition.
Pitch and Weather Forecast: A Batting Bonanza Amid Possible Showers
The Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati is renowned for being a batting paradise. With only three T20Is held at this venue, the teams will be eager to test their skills on this relatively new ground. The last T20I held here, between India and South Africa, saw a staggering 458 runs scored for the loss of just six wickets.
While the temperature is expected to hover around a comfortable 23 degrees, AccuWeather predicts a 25% chance of rain in the evening, which could throw a wrench in the match proceedings.
Match Predictions: RR’s Jos Buttler and PBKS’ Kagiso Rabada to Shine
Jos Buttler is expected to be a force to be reckoned with, making him our pick for the best batter of the match. His explosive batting style and ability to provide a strong start are invaluable assets for the Rajasthan Royals.
Kagiso Rabada, on the other hand, is our choice for the best bowler of the match. His express pace and unwavering discipline make him a lethal weapon for Punjab Kings.