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Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Predictions & Tips - Stokes could prove crucial in tight match

  • Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings predictions for Friday’s IPL cricket match
  • The fixture will be played in Mumbai at 15:00 BST
  • Rajasthan Royals have won their last 2 matches against the Kings
  • I am tipping KL Rahul to continue his great 2020 IPL form
  • Predictions, stats, team news & preview
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Ben Stokes is backed to put in a big performance for the Rajasthan Royals (Getty Images)
Ralph Staniforth 12 Apr 2021
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Rajasthan Royals vs Punjab Kings Predictions


Both teams are very similar in terms of quality but it is the Royals bowling that gives them the edge for me. My best bet is for the Rajasthan Royals to win.

  • Rajasthan Royals’ Ben Stokes averaged 40.71 in the 2020 IPL.
  • Rajasthan Royals have won their last 2 matches against the Punjab Kings.
  • Punjab Kings’ KL Rahul was the top run scorer in the 2020 IPL.
  • Punjab Kings’ KL Rahul averaged over 55 in the 2020 IPL.

Head to Head


The Rajasthan Royals have won three of their last five matches against the Punjab Kings. That includes the double the Royals did on Kings XI last season.

Rajasthan Royals Form


The Rajasthan Royals finished bottom of the Indian Premier League in 2020. In what was a very tight table, they still only finished two points off the playoff spots on 12 points.

The Royals biggest concern last year was the lack of runs from the batsmen. No one managed to have a very good season, a requirement if a team does push on to the playoffs or further.

Sanju Samson was their top scorer on 375 runs at a measly average of 28.84. He finished 16th in the overall run scoring while Js Buttler was the next best in 24th place.

Rajasthan Royals Injuries & Team News


The Rajasthan Royals have lost their top wicket-taker from 2020 in Jofra Archer. He may still return to the competition once he has recovered from injury.

The Royals other overseas starts include Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and David Miller. There will be a huge expectation that those three can get big runs this season.

Stokes and Buttler may be used together as opening batsmen.

Punjab Kings Form


Punjab Kings ended the 2020 IPL in sixth position, level on points with the Royals and Chennai Super Kings, and two points off the playoffs.

KL Rahul will look to replicate his form from last season. He finished as the Indian Premier League’s top run scorer on 670 runs with an incredible average of 55.83. 

Nicolas Pooran and Mayank Agarwal both performed well alongside Rahul in 2020. It was on the bowling side of things that the Kings struggled last season. They will hope that they have fixed that problem for this season.

Punjab Kings Injuries & Team News


KL Rahul will be key to the Punjab Kings performance but he will have plenty of support. Chris Gayle returns for another season while the world’s leading T20 batsman, Dawid Malan has also been signed up.

Mohammad Shami will spearhead the bowling attack.

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Verdict

Rajasthan Royals are backed to win after winning their last two matches against the Punjab Kings. Ben Stokes can be looked at in the best Royals batsman and the man of the match market.

KL Rahul topped the run scoring charts in IPL 2020 and is tipped to top score for the Kings in this match.

Best Bet: Royals Win Result @-111.11 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Best Punjab Kings Batsman Tip: KL Rahul Best Punjab Kings Batsman @187.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Best Rajasthan Royals Batsman Tip: Ben Stokes Best Rajasthan Royals Batsman @275.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit
Man of the Match Tip: Ben Stokes Man of the Match @800.00 at 888sport - 1 Unit

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