In a high-stakes match, Punjab and Rajasthan will clash in Dharamsala, with both teams vying to stay in contention for the playoffs. With 12 points each from 13 matches, the team that loses will be eliminated from the playoff race, making this a virtual final for both sides.
Having faced each other earlier in the IPL, Punjab will seek revenge for their loss against Rajasthan at their home ground. On the other hand, Rajasthan will aim to secure victory in both league matches against Punjab.
Both Punjab and Rajasthan started the IPL strongly but have struggled to maintain consistency as the tournament progressed. Rajasthan’s impressive triumph over KKR was followed by a heavy defeat against RCB, while Punjab experienced a similar rollercoaster, defeating Delhi Capitals away but losing to them at home.
The previous match held in Dharamshala saw Punjab suffer a defeat against Delhi. The pitch in Dharamshala seems to favor batsmen from the outset, but both teams boast a formidable bowling attack, setting the stage for an evenly contested battle. The match is scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm on Friday, with the evening start possibly introducing dew as a factor later on, making the toss crucial in determining the outcome.
The stakes couldn’t be higher as Punjab and Rajasthan prepare to give it their all in a bid to keep their IPL playoff dreams alive.