PBKS vs RR, IPL 2023 Dharamsala Weather Forecast: Will rain affect Punjab Kings, Rajasthan Royals’ playoff chances
Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) will clash in a do-or-die encounter of the Indian Premier League 2023 at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Friday evening. The losing team will be out of the tournament while the winner will be in the hunt for a place in the playoffs. Both Punjab and Rajasthan have 12 points each with one match left in the league stage. A win will take them to 14 but will still have to hope that the results of the other matches turn in their favour. There are many ifs and buts for both these sides on their way to qualification but one thing that is in hand is winning this match.
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Key players for RR
Rajasthan will largely depend on Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler and their bowling department. Jaiswal, in particular, has had a stellar season with the bat. IPL 2023 can be termed as the season where he emerges as a champion player knocking on the doors of the Indian team. Sanju and Butler have blown hot and cold but these two batsmen in the top order hold the key to success in this game vs PBKS. Sandeep Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal and R Ashwin will also play a huge role for RR in this match. Trent Boult should come back in the playing 11 in place of Adam Zampa as Dharamshala suits pacers more.
Key Players for PBKS
Captain Shikhar Dhawan will have to lead the team by playing a good innings. He has been battling with injuries and that has put brakes on his run-scoring spree. But Dhawan will need to step up his game in this contest like Virat Kohli vs SRH. Sam Curran, the most expensive player in IPL history, will also need to deliver. PBKS bowling has been their weak link in this edition of IPL. So, the batsmen have to make up for this by scoring 200+ batting first.
PBKS vs RR: Dharamshala weather report
The weather is expected to be cricket-friendly in Dharamsala on Friday (May 19). According to Accuweather, the temperature on the day of the match is expected to be around 23°C. The humidity percentage is estimated to be 44 per cent. There is no forecast of rain on the day of the match.
In case the match is washed out due to rain, both the teams will be eliminated from the tournament as they will share one point each and this could take them down to just 13 points, which is not enough to qualify for the playoffs. Will happen.