IPL 2023 Match 8 RR vs PBKS | Fantasy Tips, Prediction & Preview

Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) both started this IPL season with a win. Both the teams will look to build on their opening game high with another victory when they take each other on, this Wednesday in Guwahati. This will be the first IPL match in Guwahati, and second home ground for Rajasthan team.

Rajasthan royals will try to continue with their all-round performance. The Royals are boosted up by the massive 72-run victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad. This huge victory has kept them on the top in the points table. The Rajasthan Royals have dominated the rivalry in the last three seasons. However, Punjab Kings are also nowhere behind, they did great with the bat in the last match, but their bowling is slightly weak.  

They will look to improve their bowling performance and will try to give their best with both bat and ball against the Royals. This match will be an interesting one as both the teams are in good form.

An important match for both the sides as they will be looking to continue their winning streak which will boost their confidence and will help to do well in upcoming matches.

Match Timings

Match Toss Time: 19:00 IST (13:30 GMT)

Match Start Time: 19:30 IST (14:00 GMT)

Match Venue: Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati, India

Head to Head:

Matches Played: 24  

Rajasthan won - 14       Punjab won - 10

Last 5 meetings: 

Rajasthan won - 4      Punjab won - 1

Team News -  

The Royals completely dominated Sunrisers Hyderabad with bat and ball in the first match and are looking a well-rounded unit. So, Rajasthan Royals are likely to go with the same team.

Punjab Kings batters did good against KKR but their bowling was slightly weak. Rabada missed the first match as he was the part of South African squad which was playing against Netherlands, but have joined the Punjab squad after completing the series on April 2. If Rabada is ready, he will replace Nathan Ellis in the playing XI.

Probable Playing XI

Rajasthan Royals (RR) - Jos Buttler (Wk), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (C & wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Riyan Parag, Shimron Hetmyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Jason Holder, Trent Boult, KM Asif, Yuzvendra Chahal

Punjab Kings (PBKS) - Shikhar Dhawan (C), Prabhsimran Singh, Bhanuka Rajapaksa (Wk), Jitesh Sharma (Wk), Sikandar Raza, Sam Curran, Shahrukh Khan, Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh.

Must Picks

Batter - Jos Buttler, he gave Rajasthan Royals a phenomenal start in the first match. As the pitch is expected to be batting friendly, he is expected to do the same as he did in the last match. He finished as the leading run scorer with 863 runs at an average of 57.33 in last season and would be aiming the same this year too.

Bowler - Sam Curran, his variations with the ball can do great work for the Punjab Kings against Rajasthan. He has the capability to do good with the bat and ball both which can make a huge impact.


Rajasthan Royals top order is in outstanding form, which will increase their confidence as a team. The Punjab Kings have been inconsistent in the last few years. They have to do much better as a team to win against the Royals. Looking to the allround performance, Rajasthan Royals are in a better position as of now.

Sportco predicts Rajasthan Royals to beat Punjab Kings in match 8 of the IPL 2023


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