Our boys will host Rajasthan Royals (RR) in our final league match of TATA Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamshala on May 19.

Both teams have 12 points from 13 matches and are in a must-win situation to maintain their hopes for a spot in the playoffs.

Let’s look at some stats and numbers ahead of the decisive clash:

PBKS vs RR Head-to-Head:

Our team registered a nail-biting five-run win over Rajasthan Royals in the reverse fixture played earlier this season.

Overall, we have won 11 of 25 matches against RR in the TATA IPL.

Competition Total Matches Won by PBKS Won by DC
Overall 25 11 14
At Dharamshala Yet to be played

Shikhar-Prabhsimran’s Opening Partnership:

Shikhar Dhawan and Prabhsimran Singh have the second-best strike rate amongst teams this season. The swashbuckling openers have batted with an impressive strike rate of 145.

Best Strike Rate of Openers in TATA IPL 2023

Teams Strike Rate Balls/Boundary
Rajasthan Royals 154 4.0
Punjab Kings 145 4.2
Royal Challengers Bangalore 144 5.6
Gujarat Titans 142 5.1
Mumbai Indians 140 4.5

Furthermore, Dhawan and Prabhsimran hit fifty each in our previous meeting against RR.

Both batters have provided quick-fire starts in the powerplay this year.

Our openers in powerplay

Shikhar Dhawan   Prabhsimran Singh
10 Innings 13
142 Runs 217
137 Strike Rate 143
4.0 Balls/Boundary 3.9

Liam Livingstone Dazzles:

Liam Livingstone has continued his rich vein of form. He recorded his highest score of 94 runs in our last match against DC. He clobbered nine sixes while falling short of his maiden hundred by just six runs. 

The 29-year-old has amassed 270 runs in eight innings at a strike rate of 170.88. The England cricketer has scored the second-most runs (703) in the middle overs of the marque T20 event since 2022.

Most runs by Middle Order Batters Since 2022

Player Runs 50s
David Miller 730 2
Liam Livingstone 703 6
Tilak Varma  624 3
Nicholas Pooran 606 3
Aiden Markram 588 4

Since joining our franchise in 2022, Livingstone has had the best strike rate among all batters.

Player Strike Rate
Liam Livingstone 178
Glenn Maxwell 177
Suryakumar Yadav 169
Andre Russell 164
Shivam Dube 157

Livingstone has dominated fast bowlers this season. He has scored 210 runs against pacers, out of which 80% of the runs have been in boundaries.

V Pace   V Spin
 210 Runs 60
80 % of Runs in Boundary 37
216 Strike Rate 98
2.9 Balls/Boundary 12.2

Livingstone has the second-best strike rate against pacers.

Player Strike Rate
Suryakumar Yadav 223
Liam Livingstone 216
Faf du Plessis 178
Yashavi Jaiswal 172
Rinku Singh 166

Arshdeep Singh’s Brilliant Record vs RR:

Our left-arm pacer, Arshdeep Singh, has scalped the second-most wickets against RR. The 24-year-old has bagged 14 wickets in six innings so far. He also picked up two wickets in the reverse fixture.

Most wickets vs RR in TATA IPL

Player Innings Wickets Economy
Mohammed Shami 11 17 9.0
Arshdeep Singh 6 14 9.6
Jasprit Bumrah 8 13 5.5

Some More Interesting Numbers:

  • → Jitesh Sharma is 1 run away from 500 runs in TATA IPL.
  • → Shikhar Dhawan is six fours away from 100 fours for PBKS in TATA IPL.
  • → Atharva Taide is 92 runs away from 1000 runs in T20s.