PBKS vs RR Match Prediction & Betting Tips - May 19, 2023

PBKS vs RR Match Prediction - May 19, 2023

The Rajasthan Royals are set to play their final group stage match of the season this Friday, as they travel to Dharamshala to take on hosts, the Punjab Kings. Neither of these teams is in a good position to try and make the IPL 2023 playoffs but they would still like to end with a win.

PBKS vs RR head-to-head record

The Rajasthan Royals hold a slight edge in this regard as of the 25 matches played between the two teams, they have won 14, while the Punjab Kings have won 11.

PBKS vs RR Live-streaming and broadcast

This match can be live-streamed on the Jio Cinema App or can be watched live on the Star Sports Network. 


PBKS vs RR Team Previews

Punjab Kings

The Punjab Kings lost their latest fixture, played against the Delhi Capitals on Wednesday, which has severely dented their chances of making it into the playoffs. They are now 8th on the points table. Even if they win here, they will only gave a theoretical chance of making it into the top-4.

The Kings have a strong batting line-up and have breached the 200-run barrier on 4 occasions this season. Prabhsimran Singh and Shikhar Dhawan, though not very consistent as an opening pair, have played well individually and are the joint-highest run scorers for the team. Jitesh Sharma, Sam Curran, and Liam Livingstone have chipped in too to help the Punjab Kings put up some solid totals.

We saw an incredible attack by Livingstone to take his team to the brink of victory in the previous match. Almost all the PBKS batters have a good strike rate but getting the best out of the batting unit collectively has not been easy.

It is the bowling that has let the team down on more than one occasion and where PBKS seems to be falling behind rapidly.

They have conceded 200 or more runs 5 times this season, putting excessive pressure on the batsmen. While Arshdeep Singh is the leading wicket-taker for the team with 16 wickets, he has been taken for close to 10 runs per over. The Punjab Kings have some big names in their seam attack, including Nathan Ellis, Sam Curran, and Kagiso Rabada, but all of them have leaked runs at over 9 runs per over.

In a team with so much international experience, PBKS seems to be struggling to find a good death bowling option.

The spinners, Rahul Chahar and Harpreet Brar were a bit economical but they failed to pick up wickets. Looking at the way that the Punjab Kings are performing at the moment, they will have a hard time overcoming quality opponents like RR. 


Punjab Kings Playing 11

Shikhar Dhawan, Prabhsimran Singh, Atharva Taide, Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran, Jitesh Sharma, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Rahul Chahar, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh.

Rajasthan Royals

The Royals will be wondering how they got to this stage where they have a very slim chance of making it to the playoffs, and they have no one else but themselves to blame for it. After making a strong start to the season, which saw them occupy the top spot on the table for a brief period, things have gone downhill pretty rapidly for them. They have won just 2 of their last 8 matches, and have slipped to the 6th spot.

Buttler and Jaiswal were one of the strongest opening pairs at the start of the season. But Buttler has been rather inconsistent in his last few outings. Jaiswal on the other hand has been brilliant and is the third-highest run-scorer of the season.

We don't think eother of these players will change their approach. RR has to win by as big a margin as possible and then hope that some results go its way.

Sanju Samson, Shimron Hetmeyer, Devdutt Padikkal, and Dhruv Jurel have all played some excellent innings but again, they have lacked consistency, which has led to a terrible run for the team. They are all brilliant strikers of the ball and will have the license to attack this time as well.

In the bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal is at the top of his game and is the leading wicket-taker for the Royals with 21 wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin and Trent Boult have provided him with good support. Just like the batting, the other bowlers haven’t been consistent with the likes of Jason Holder, Zampa, and Sandeep Sharma being taken for plenty of runs at times.

The Royals will need to play well as a unit here if they want to win this match. Their brilliance at the start of the season has not been continued and the strength that they have on paper has not translated into anything of note.


Rajasthan Royals Playing 11

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Devdutt Padikkal, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Trent Boult, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, S Sharma, YS Chahal.

PBKS vs RR Toss Prediction

The team winning the toss will likely opt to bowl first here. 


Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.

Pitch and Conditions

The pitch at Dharamshala is pretty hard and offers a good amount of bounce and pace. The batsmen will find the ball coming onto the bat pretty nicely and will enjoy playing their shots here. A score of around 180 is a par score here. The spinners will not find much assistance as the pitch is relatively unused. There is some grass on the surface that will keep the seamers in the hunt.

The weather is expected to be cool at around 22 degrees and we might see some dew in the second inning. 


PBKS vs RR Betting Tips

Both teams have been rather inconsistent in the last couple of weeks and have a very slim chance of making it to the top-4. As this is a must-win fixture for both, we are likely to see the desperation on the field. We feel that the Rajasthan Royals hold a slight edge in this contest. While both teams have a strong batting line-up, it is the bowling that can be the key difference here and the Royals have an edge there.

Bet on the Rajasthan Royals to win. 


Bonus Cricket Bets

  1. Betway


    Highest Opening Partnership

    Rajasthan Royals (1.80)


Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler are one of the most destructive opening pairs this season and have given the team some good starts. While Shikhar Dhawan and Prabhsimran Singh have played well, they haven’t been that effective as a pair and that is the reason we are backing RR to put up a bigger opening partnership here.

  1. Satbet


    Total Runs in the Highest Scoring Over of the Match

    Over 20.5 (1.72)


Both the teams have a pretty strong batting line-up and have been involved in plenty of high-scoring encounters. With an excellent batting track on offer, we are bound to see at least one over producing 21 or more runs.

  1. 1xBet


    Each Team to Score over 6 runs in the 1st Over



The openers for both teams are in good form and will be looking to get a brisk start in this must-win encounter for both. The pitch here is excellent to bat on and that’s why we are backing both teams to score at least 6 runs in the first over.

Today Match Prediction

Rajasthan Royals To Win the Match, 1.92

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Who will win PBKS vs RR

Punjab Kings 53.64% (302)
Rajasthan Royals 46.36% (261)
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