Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) will kick-off their IPL 2021 campaign with the fourth match of the season at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday, April 12. Rajasthan and Punjab were two of the most disappointing franchises last season. While RR finished in the last position, PBKS ended at number six only due to a superior run rate.
Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul feels that the team was unlucky last year in the IPL despite putting up some good performances. He further hoped that the change in name and jersey can change their fortunes as well. Kings XI Punjab have altered their name to Punjab Kings. Also, the franchise unveiled their new jersey for the upcoming season recently.
Kings XI Punjab will have to get the better of Chennai Super Kings in match 53 of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi if they are to stay in hunt for a play-offs race, which is a rather jumbled up scenario at present. Punjab’s loss to Rajasthan Royals in their previous game has seriously dented their chances of qualification. With 12 points from 13 games, they are not assured of making the top four even if they defeat CSK in the first game of the double-header on Sunday.
Punjab had put on a total of 185 runs on the board with Gayle falling just one run short of his century. Rajasthan made light work of the chase courtesy a quickfire fifty from Stokes and meaningful contributions from Samson and Smith, thereby ending Punjab’s dream run of five consecutive wins.
On a high having won five matches in a row, Kings XI Punjab would look to extend their resurgence when they take on Rajasthan Royals in the 50th match of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi on Friday. Thanks to their fightback in the second half, KXIP now find themselves at the fourth spot with 12 points from as many matches. Time is fast running out for RR with 10 points from 12 games. They need to win both their remaining games to be in play-offs contention.
Punjab roared back to the top four of the points table after an easy win against Kolkata. Mandeep’s 66*(56) and Gayle’s 51(29) was too much for the KKR bowlers to handle as Punjab registered their fifth win on trot.
Punjab registered a come from behind victory to win their fourth win on trot and keep their playoff hopes alive. Jordan, Arshdeep gave away only 7 runs in the last three overs and also picked up three wickets apiece as Punjab beat Hyderabad by a slender 12 runs.
On a high having registered a hat-trick of victories, Kings XI Punjab will look to continue their tremendous fight back as they take on Sunrisers Hyderabad at Dubai in match number 43 of IPL 2020 on Sunday. While Punjab stunned tournament favourites Delhi Capitals in their previous encounter, Sunrisers Hyderabad managed to stay alive with an emphatic eight-wicket triumph over Rajasthan Royals in their last match. With eight points from 10 games, both KXIP and SRH face a must-win scenario from hereon to guarantee themselves at place in the play-offs.