Captain Sanju Samson, England white-ball captain Jos Buttler and young opener Yashasvi Jaiswal hit form with quickfire 50s before Kiwi speedster Trent Boult and India leggie Yuzvendra Chahal choked Sunrisers Hyderabad for a huge 72-run win. With world-class spinner Ravichandran Ashwin also in their roster, Royals have quality in all bowling departments to trouble the opposition batters.
Punjab Kings spin bowling coach Sunil Joshi, meanwhile, is not perturbed by their opponents’ bowling strength. “Every match is played on the field. So the strategy for our batters will be to play the ball on its merit and not see who’s bowling. We hope for a good contest,” said former India spinner Joshi.
A new-look Punjab side, under skipper Shikhar Dhawan, has also given a glimpses of what’s in store on Wednesday as they beat Kolkata Knight Riders in Mohali via DLS method in their opening match.
Though England hitman Liam Livingstone is still unavailable as his clearance from ECB is still awaited, Punjab will be boosted after Proteas pacer Kagiso Rabada joined the squad following national duty.
With the Barsapara track offering high-scoring encounters in the last few international outings, Wednesday could offer over 200 and the team batting first could get an advantage with the dew factor coming into play in the second innings under chilly and overcast conditions due to rain in the past few days.