Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings will kick off their IPL campaign against each other at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Despite having a decent squad on paper, Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals have underperformed in the history of tournament. Both these teams failed to make it to the playoffs in the last season and finished sixth and eighth respectively. They'll hope for a change in their fortunes in the 2021 season and a winning start will provide them the much-needed momentum in the tournament.
Both teams met twice in the previous season and the Rajasthan based franchise emerged victorious in both games. Rajasthan also registered their highest successful chase when they chased 226 in 19.3 overs at Sharjah.
Let us look at some of the stats that you should know ahead of this important clash.
Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings have met 21 times in the IPL with the former winning 12 of those game. The remaining 9 games were won by the Kings XI Punjab, now Punjab Kings. In India, both these teams have played 16 games with RR again in the 9-7 lead.
Among the current players, Sanju Samson is the leading run-scorer in Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings matches. The newly appointed RR skipper has accumulated 406 runs vs Punjab. For Punjab, KL Rahul has scored the most runs(350) in the RR vs PBKS matches. Ben Stokes has taken the most, six wickets vs Punjab while Mohammed Shami has accounted for five Rajasthan wickets. Both teams boast of a quality batting line up thus brace yourself for a high scoring thriller.