The Punjab team will lock horns with the Rajasthan team in the 66th match of the Indian Playerzpot League at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala on 19th May, Friday. Both teams have decent campaigns this season thus far and are currently fighting for the playoff spot. Punjab won six matches and seven games, and are now at the eighth spot with 12 points after 13 games. Rajasthan, meanwhile, have registered six wins and seven losses, and are at the sixth spot with 12 points after 13 games. Punjab’s latest result was a 16-run defeat against Delhi, while Rajasthan lost to Bangalore in the previous match.

Punjab and Rajasthan will take on each other for the second time in the ongoing season of the Indian Playerzpot League. In their previous encounter, Punjab defeated Rajasthan by five runs. Two sides have met each other 25 times in the tournament’s history, with Rajasthan leading 14-11. In the upcoming match, Punjab and Rajasthan are expected to put up a good fight in order to qualify for the knockout stage.

Players to watch out for

#1 L Livingstone (Punjab): L Livingstone displayed absolute carnage with the bat in the previous match against Delhi. The 29-year-old smashed 94 off 48 balls at an impressive strike rate of 195.83. Livingstone single-handedly tried to pull off the chase of 214 for Punjab but his effort went in vain as the team fell just 16 runs short of achieving the target. However, his brilliant performance put immense pressure on the Delhi bowlers. This season, L Livingstone has scored 270 runs, including two fifties, at an average of 38.57 and a strike rate of 170.89 in 8 matches so far. L Livingstone is a hard hitter who can turn the game around on its head just like he did against Delhi. He has the ability to keep the scoreboard ticking with his firepower when the rest of the batsmen fail to deliver. Livingstone can be a potent threat to Rajasthan’s bowling line-up.

#2 Y Jaiswal (Rajasthan): Y Jaiswal has been impressive in the ongoing edition of the tournament. However, the 21-year-old had an off day against Bangalore as he was dismissed for a duck. His talent and skill cannot be doubted as he has already shown his potential to be the next big thing not just in Indian cricket but at the international stage as well. Y Jaiswal is currently the third leading run-getter of the season, aggregating 575 runs, including a century and four half-centuries, at an average of 47.91 and a strike rate of 166.18 in 13 matches so far. He holds the record for most runs by an uncapped Indian player in a single season of the Indian Playerzpot League. Y Jaiswal has been a strong pillar of Rajasthan’s batting line-up this season. Jaiswal’s form has been very crucial for the team’s progression this season so far.

#3 A Taide (Punjab): A Taide performed well with the bat in the previous match against Delhi. Delhi bowling line-up wasn’t prepared to face Taide. He scored 55 off 42 balls at a strike rate of 130.95. Taide is playing his debut season in the Indian Playerzpot League and has had a decent outing so far. This season, A Taide has scored 167 runs, including two fifties, at an average of 27.83 and a strike rate of 142.74 in six matches. Taide had been performing well at the domestic level and managed to emulate a similar in the tournament. A Taide is an attacking top-order batsman who can score quick runs in the powerplay and accelerate the innings in the middle overs. Taide performed when the team needed him the most. Taide will look to come up with goods again in the upcoming match against Rajasthan.

#4 S Hetmyer (Rajasthan): S Hetmyer is often considered a clutch player who can pull the team out of a crunch situation. In the previous match against Bangalore, the 26-year-old scored 35 off 19 balls at a strike rate of 184.21 but his effort went in vain as Rajasthan lost to Mumbai by 113 runs. S Hetmyer was single-handedly trying to pull off the chase until G Maxwell dismissed him. This season, Hetmyer has scored 254 runs, including a fifty, at an average of 36.29 and a strike rate of 150.30 in 13 matches so far. S Hetmyer has not been consistently performing well in the last few games but one can expect him to set up when the team is in trouble. Hetmyer is one of the reliable batters in the middle order who can accelerate the innings in the middle overs as well as at the death. Hetmyer will look to put an impactful performance in the upcoming match against Punjab.

Predicted Playing XI

Punjab: P Singh, S Dhawan [C], A Taide, L Livingstone, J Sharma [WK], S Khan, S Curran, H Brar, R Chahar, K Rabada, A Singh,

Rajasthan: J Buttler, Y Jaiswal, S Samson [C/WK], D Padikkal, S Hetmyer, D Jurel, R Ashwin, T Boult, Y Chahal, S Sharma, K Asif

Top Picks for Fantasy Playing XI

Wicketkeeper: S Samson

Batters: J Buttler, Y Jaiswal, A Taide, L Livingstone, S Hetmyer

All-rounders: S Curran,

Bowlers: T Boult, R Chahar, S Sharma, Y Chahal

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