RAJ vs PUN (Rajasthan vs Punjab), Match 4 - Match Information
Match: Rajasthan vs Punjab, Match 4
Date: 12th April 2021
Time: 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Match Officials: Umpires: Anil Chaudhary (IND), Sundaram Ravi (IND) and Virender Sharma (IND), Referee: Manu Nayyar (IND)
RAJ vs PUN (Rajasthan vs Punjab), Match 4 Preview
Match 4 of the "Indian T20 League, 2021" will be played between Rajasthan and Punjab (RAJ vs PUN). The match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Punjab are playing their first game of this season. In their last 5 games, Punjab have won 3 games and lost 2. Rajasthan are also playing their first game of this season. In their last 5 games, Rajasthan have won 3 games and lost 2.
Both teams last played against each other in the Match 50 of the Indian T20 League, 2020 where Ben Stokes scored the highest fantasy points for Rajasthan with 132 match fantasy points while Chris Gayle topped the fantasy points leaderboard for Punjab with 133 match fantasy points.
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RAJ vs PUN, Pitch Report and Conditions
The pitch at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai is a balanced pitch. The average 1st innings score at this venue in the last 5 matches is 163 runs. Both teams will look to chase upon winning the toss as the majority of the games played on this ground have been won by the side chasing.
The pacers have earned 65% of the total bowling fantasy points at this venue. Hence picking up pacers for your fantasy team should be a good idea.
RAJ vs PUN, Head to Head
In the 21 matches played between these 2 teams, Punjab have won 8 matches and Rajasthan have won 12 matches. Punjab Batsmans have earned the most fantasy points for their team, while Wicket-Keepers have earned the most fantasy points for Rajasthan.
RAJ vs PUN Dream11 Prediction: Batters and Wicket-Keepers
Lokesh Rahul has scored 500+ runs in each of the last 3 seasons played (since joining Punjab) and thus has never been disappointing with the bat and has given fantasy points regularly in the last 3 seasons.
KL Rahul had the orange cap last season with 670 runs scored in 14 matches, which accounted for an average of 58 to 60 fantasy batting points which is a staggering number.
Also, given that he might be wicketkeeping in most of the matches, there is a chance to score extra fantasy points in the form of catches/stumpings/runouts.
As context, he has an outstanding record at the Wankhede stadium in all T20s (337 runs scored which includes a century in 6 matches at a strike rate of 147 and batting average of 67.40)
Thus, looking at his consistency in the last 3 seasons and his record at Wankhede, he has a Fantasy Gully Rating of 10 which is the highest among all batsmen and wicketkeepers for this fixture.
Buttler scored 172 runs recently against India in the 5-match T20I series which included 2 half centuries and thus was clinical in giving an average of 40+ fantasy points per match.
He will give additional wicket-keeping points if the team decides to go ahead with him as the wicketkeeping option and thus there is a chance that he might be a good captain or vice-captain pick.
In the last 5 years (since 2017) he has played 8 T20 matches at Wankhede and has scored 329 runs here (including his T20 career best of 95*) at a heavy strike rate of 160 and thus, fantasy points were guaranteed whenever he has batted at this venue.
Also, his batting average is 41 as an opener in the Indian T20 league as opposed to 27 while batting at other positions and thus if Rajasthan decides to play him as an opener, it is guaranteed that he will give more fantasy points.
Chris Gayle joined Punjab in 2018 and since then he has a batting average of 40+ in each of his last 3 season which shows that Gayle has performed phenomenally well and does guarantee fantasy points.
Scoring runs at a higher strike rate and more in the form of fours and sixes than running ones or twos is something at which he is accustomed to and thus bonus points are getable along-with runs.
Gayle has played thrice against Rajasthan in the last 2 seasons and in these matches, he has scores of 99, 30 & 79 and thus had enjoyed a lot of success against them in recent times.
He has a Fantasy Gully Rating of 8.3 and has given an average of 65 fantasy points in his last 10 T20 matches which is just phenomenal.
RAJ vs PUN Dream11 Prediction: Bowlers
Mohammed Shami was the highest wicket taker for Punjab last Indian T20 season as he took 20 wkts in 14 matches and thus gave an estimated average of 35 fantasy points per match. Moreover, out of these 14 matches he was wicketless in only 3 of them which proves that he guaranteed fantasy points in every match.
Shami also has a good record at Wankhede in T20s as he has taken 6 wickets in his 3 matches here with never being wicketless in a match, which again proves that he hardly gives no or less fantasy points in a match.
He has a knack of picking up early wickets in the powerplay and thus can be effective against Rajasthan whose top order is yet not decided as to who will open and who will bat at number 3.
Shami has given and average of 34 fantasy points in his last 10 T20 matches which is a great number for a bowler.
Chris Jordan has taken 16 wickets in his last 14 T20 matches and out of these 14 matches, he has been wicketless in only 2 matches, which proves that he regularly can give fantasy points in almost every match and is a player who will end up in the Dream team most of the times.
He does not bowl regularly in the powerplay overs but mostly bowls at the death which is his specialty and thus he can prove to be crucial against Rajasthan’s lower middle order which was below par last season.
Also, if needed he can bat as well and can score handy 10 to 15 quick runs and thus add extra points in his kitty with the bat even if he gets to face 5 or 10 odd deliveries.
On a ground like Wankhede where spinners go for plenty of runs, Jordan can be picked over the likes of R Bishnoi and M Ashwin and is also budget friendly.
RAJ vs PUN Dream11 Prediction: All-Rounders
Ben Stokes scored 285 runs and took 2 wickets in 8 matches played last season which accounted for an average of 50+ fantasy points per match which is a staggering number for an all-rounder.
He has a great record against Punjab as in his 6 matches against them he has scored 132 runs and taken 6 wickets which again accounts to an average of close to 50 fantasy points per match and thus can be a reliable pick.
Given that this match is Wankhede, Ben Stokes can easily hit sixes and fours at will as the dimensions of this venue are very small.
And as far as bowling is concerned, he generally bowls 2 to 3 overs regularly and thus batsmen do go after his bowling as he mostly bowls in the middle overs and death and they end up being his victim.
He has a fantasy rating of 9.2 and has given an average of 51 fantasy points in his last 10 T20 games. Thus, he can be an ideal choice for vice-captain as he can give you fantasy points with both bat and ball.
Shivam Dube is a perfect value addition made by Rajasthan into their squad as they needed a hard hitter in their lower middle order and if one of the fast bowlers goes for plenty (could be Mustafizur Rahman, Tyagi or Unadkat) he can come in handy with the ball as well.
In his 2 matches against Punjab, Dube has scored 35 runs and taken 2 wickets and thus he has had a good record against them. He might not be a go to captain or vice-captain choice but will often end up in the dream team.
In the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, Dube scored 161 runs and took 3 wickets in his 5 matches and thus gave an average of 55+ fantasy points per match which is very good for an all-rounder.
Another plus point is that this match is at his domestic home ground Wankhede and thus he has all the experience how the pitch behaves and can bat/ball accordingly.
Moises Henriques has scores of 18, 0, 38, 43 & 56 in his last 5 T20 matches and thus can give an estimated 30 to 35 fantasy points from batting.
He can be more than handy with the ball as well and might end up bowling couple of overs in every odd match, thus increasing his chances of taking wickets.
In the Indian T20 league he has had a good record against Rajasthan as in his 3 matches against them he has scored 51 runs and taken 3 wickets which accounts to an average of 45+ fantasy points per match.
Henriques can come in cheaply in your team as his credits are not too high and thus there will be enough budget remaining to fill in other players.
He has given an average of 42 fantasy points in his last 10 T20 matches which does show that he can end up in the dream team more often than not.
RAJ vs PUN Dream11 Prediction: Captain and Vice-Captain
KL Rahul has an average of 62 match fantasy points in the last 10 games, a fantasy rating of 10 and a low XFactor.
Ben Stokes has an average of 51 match fantasy points in the last 10 games, a fantasy rating of 9.19 and a high XFactor.
Jos Buttler has an average of 42 match fantasy points in the last 10 games, a fantasy rating of 8.41 and a medium XFactor.
Chris Gayle has an average of 65 match fantasy points in the last 10 games, a fantasy rating of 8.32 and a medium XFactor.
Mohammed Shami has an average of 34 match fantasy points in the last 10 games, a fantasy rating of 8.21 and a low XFactor.
RAJ vs PUN Dream11 Fantasy Team Suggestion
Wicket-Keepers: K. Rahul, J. Buttler and S. Samson
Batters: C. Gayle, M. Agarwal and R. Parag
All-Rounders: B. Stokes and S. Dube
Bowlers: M. Shami, C. Sakariya and M. Rahman
Captain: K. Rahul
Vice-Captain: B. Stokes