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Both Sides Looking To Improve
Despite finishing with the Wooden Spoon last season, it wouldn’t have been too disheartening for the Royals who were actually agonisingly close to reaching the knockout stages, though with no sides having home fixtures last year it was always going to be extra competitive, and they can take pride in their season.
Punjab Kings will be happy with their auction, with the likes of Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson and Riley Merideth coming in to fill their gaps from last season.
The addition of Malan leaves their batting attack one of the most formidable in the league, with KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran all capable of scoring highly.
Punjab Kings To Beat The Royals
With this played in Mumbai, the humidity and short boundaries are really going to play into the batsman’s hands, so Gayle in particular could have a field day.
He’s topped scored with 82 not out here and managed 63 in his last appearance so his involvement could be crucial for Punjab here.
While the Royals aren’t short with the bat either, with the likes of Ben Stokes and Joss Buttler capable of winning matches on their own, they seem slightly weak with the ball, and unless someone can step up to the mark to partner Chris Morris in the death overs in the absence of Jofra Archer, we’d go with the Kings in what is going to be a game of fine margins.