Jaw-Dropping Highlights from PBKS vs RR IPL 2023 66th Match

On the 19th of May 2023, Jaiswal and Paddikal played a crucial role in the 66th match between RR and PBKS. RR emerged victorious, defeating PBKS by four wickets.

By Crickified Mohit
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The 66th match of IPL 2023 between PBKS vs RR

Highlights from the match between Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals

  PBKS 187/5 (20)  
  RR 189/6 (19.4)  
  RR won by 4 wickets  
  Player of the Match Devdutt Paddikal (RR)


On the 19th of May 2023, the 66th IPL match showcased a thrilling competition between Punjab Kings vs Rajasthan Royals at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. This match marked their second encounter of the season, with both teams eagerness to outperform each other. In their previous PBKS vs RR face-off, PBKS emerged victorious against Royals.


RR won the toss and opted to field. The PBKS inning did not commence on a high note for the former team. Within the first six overs of the game, PBKS lost three wickets and could only score 48 runs. Prabhsimran (2), Captain Shikhar (17), and Atharva (19) were unfortunately dismissed and returned to the pavilion. The top order of Punjab failed to perform, but their middle order batsmen including Curran with 49 runs, Jitesh with 44 runs and Shahrukh with 41 runs, played exceptionally well. They were able to score runs and helped the team reach a respectable target of 187 runs.

RR's Navdeep Saini proved to be a formidable player by taking 3 wickets. In addition, both Boult and Zampa each took one wicket, contributing to RR's successful performance on the field.

RR started their chase of 188 runs strongly, scoring 57 runs in the powerplay after losing just one wicket, with Jaiswal and Paddikal leading the charge. The duo settled at the crease and played sensibly, with Jaiswal hitting eight boundaries and Paddikal smashing five boundaries and three sixes on his way to a score of 51. Hetmyer also played a crucial role in RR's innings, contributing 46 runs, while Parag added another 20 runs to the team's total. However, it was the partnership between Jaiswal and Paddikal that set up RR's innings for success.

PBKS Rabada took two wickets.


Short account of the history of the SRH and RCB Teams
PBKS, formerly known as Kings XI Punjab, was established in 2008 and is currently co-owned by Mohit Burman, Ness Wadia, Preity Zinta, and Karan Paul. Despite being a popular team, PBKS has yet to win the IPL title; however, they did manage to secure the runner-up position in 2014. Rajasthan Royals, is a renowned franchise that is part of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Established in 2008, this team has been a force to be reckoned with ever since. Owned by Emerging Media IPL Ltd., headed by Manoj Badale, RR has made a name for itself in the IPL. They set the benchmark by winning the first IPL season and were the runner-up in 2022.

The present status of teams and a detailed analysis of players
Shikhar Dhawan is the captain of PBKS, which has won six out of thirteen matches played this season. Unfortunately, PBKS lost their last match against DC. While bowling first in the game, PBKS bowlers did not have the necessary speed to break down their opponents' top order. As a result, only two wickets were taken by Punjab, allowing DC to set a high target of 213 runs that was difficult to chase down. Despite a commendable effort from the Punjab batters, who came close to reaching the target with a score of 198 runs, they ultimately lost by 15 runs to Delhi. The performance of Punjab's batsmen was impressive but not enough for them to secure a victory for PBKS. Liam Livingstone, especially known for his prowess in the cricket field, played an explosive inning of 94 runs off just 48 balls, much to the delight of PBKS fans.

Leading the Rajasthan Royals this season is Sanju Samson. Out of the thirteen matches played, RR has emerged victorious in six. Unfortunately, their last game against RCB resulted in a massive defeat by 112 runs. The team's performance in that match was weak, with both bowlers and batters failing to make an impact even on their home ground in Jaipur. While the target set by their opponents wasn't very high, RR's top and middle order failed to perform, resulting in early exits for many players. However, on a positive note, RR's bowlers managed to take down five wickets of the opposing team. Royals scored the lowest score of the season in the last match. 


In the 8th match of this season, RR and PBKS faced off against each other, with PBKS emerging victorious by a narrow margin of just 5 runs. The match was fiercely contested between the two teams, with both giving their all to win. PBKS Captain Shikhar Dhawan put in a commendable performance, scoring 86 runs, while Nathan Ellis and Arshdeep Singh took 4 and 2 wickets respectively. As things stand on the points table, RR is currently placed sixth while PBKS holds the eighth position.

The head-to-head record between PBKS and RR is worth noting
During the previous IPL season, RR and PBKS played against each other a total of 25 times. Out of these encounters, RR emerged as the winner in 14 matches while PBKS won in 11 matches.

Here are the details about the upcoming SRH vs RCB game, the venue and pitch report
The highly anticipated game between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) is set to happen at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. The eyes of cricket fans nationwide will be on this exciting matchup. On this pitch, initially, stroke play has the upper hand on the pitch, but as the match progresses, pacers from both RR and PBKS could become prominent with their formidable bowling attacks. This clash promises to be exciting with both teams boasting strong batting lineups. The toss will undoubtedly play a crucial role in determining the outcome of the match. The team that wins the toss may consider taking advantage of better bowling conditions in the early stages, opting to bowl first. In fact, in their first game this season, pacers from both RR and PBKS picked up seven out of eight wickets.

Predictions for the winner of SRH vs RCB and expectations from the game
In this ongoing season, both PBKS and RR have managed to secure an equal number of victories against various teams. In their previous encounter, PBKS emerged victorious over RR, albeit by a narrow margin in what was a closely contested match. The upcoming clash between the two teams at Himachal Stadium is also expected to be a nail-biting affair. Looking back at their past performances, it appears that RR has had an edge over PBKS, and they might continue with their winning legacy in the upcoming game as well. Nevertheless, both teams possess impressive batting lineups and diverse bowling attacks. When it comes to cricket, anything can happen on the field, and only one team can emerge as the winner. However, based on a careful analysis of past performances, it appears that RR might be the frontrunners in the upcoming match against PBKS.

Playing XI's 
PBKS Playing XI: 
Shikhar Dhawan(c), Sam Curran, Prabhsimran Singh, Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma(wk), Atharva Tiade, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Arshdeep Singh, Kagiso Rabada
Impact Players: Nathan Ellis, Sikandar Raza, Matthew Short, Rishi Dhawan, Mohit Rathe

RR's Playing XI: Sanju Samson(c)(wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Paddikal, Riyan Parag, Ravichandran Ashwin, Adam Zampa, Navdeep Saini, Jos Buttler, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sandeep Sharma
Impact Players: Donovan Ferreira, Kuldeep Sen, Dhruv Jurel, Akash Vashisht, Murugan Ashwin

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