The fourth match of IPL 2021 today, Rajasthan Royals will face Punjab Kings at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
New Delhi. The fourth match of IPL 2021 will be held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today against the Rajasthan Kings. The most important thing about this match is that Chris Morris, the most expensive player of the league so far, will face the challenge of making a big contribution to his team today. With Joffra Archer out, Morris will now have to take on his team’s frontline bowler as the challenge will be to stop the Punjab Kings’ power-packed batting on RR. The match will start at 7.30 pm Indian time.
On the other hand, if we talk about RR, the biggest weakness of this team is the lack of foreign fast bowlers. Last year, as only the spinners performed well, Archer could not get any support from others. This time, however, Morris is hopeful of joining fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman. However, whether Rahman can make a place in the playing XI or not, it will be a matter to be seen. From a batting standpoint, with Jose Butler, all-rounder Ben Stokes and Morris, of course, RR will have to think a lot about including Rahman in the playing XI, which is why he has other hard hitting players like Liam Livingstone and David Miller. Hitting batsmen are also there.
While giving information to the media in a press conference, Rajasthan Royals cricket director Kumar Sangakkara said that both me and Sanju (Samson) agree that the absence of Jofra Archer is a big shock for the team. Joffra is an important part of the team. Now that Jofra is not in the team, then we have to devise a strategy accordingly. Since Mumbai’s wicket is believed to be batting friendly, there is a possibility that RR will go with Rahman who is known for diversifying with his cutters and can take something off the pitch.
Punjab Kings batsman KL Rahul, who was the Orange Cap winner last year, has gone through a bad phase at the international level in recent times but despite that he and Mayank Agarwal can again become the backbone of the Punjab franchise batting. It will also be interesting to see how Punjab balances the foreign quota of its four players. Whether he will give a chance to West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran or whether he will give a chance to top-order batsman David Malan in the T20 International is yet to be seen.
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jose Butler, Ryan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Karthik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Robin Uthappa, Shivam Dubey , Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakaria, Casey Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldeep Yadav, Akash Singh.
Punjab Kings (PBKS): KL Rahul (captain / wicketkeeper), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Prabhasimran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wicketkeeper), Sarfaraz Khan, Deepender Hooda, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishaan Porrell, Darshan Nalkande, Chris Jordan, David Malan, Zhai Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar.