Kings XI Punjab who were back on field after a long break performed a questionable innings against Mumbai. Their batting faltered while their bowling was disappointing. On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals are in an uncertain position in the points table. They will be eyeing on victory in all the upcoming games for they are on the brink of their way out. KXIP who were back on field after a long break performed a questionable innings against MI. Their batting faltered while their bowling was disappointing. On the other hand, RR will be eyeing on victory in all the upcoming games. Find below the predicted 11 of KXIP vs RR.
Overall: Matches –15
Kings XI Punjab – 6
Rajasthan Royals – 9
Kings XI Punjab will lock horns with Rajasthan Royals at Holkar Stadium, Indore.
|Matches won bowling first||6|
|Average 1st Inns scores||159|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||161|
|Highest total recorded||199/2 (15.3 Ov) by MI vs KXIP|
|Lowest total recorded||97/10 (18.3 Ov) by RR vs KTK|
|Highest score chased||199/2 (15.3 Ov) by MI vs KXIP|
(The above stats only include the IPL matches played at the Holkar Stadium)
The last match at Holkar Stadium wasn’t flat and there was some turn on the ball for the spinners. Since it is a small ground, hitting boundaries will be easy.
How do the teams stack up?
Kings XI Punjab
The fiery opening partnership of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle slowed down in the last match. They will need to get cracking to put extra runs on the board. Yuvaraj Singh still fails to perform; hence, Manoj Tiwary could be given another chance. Karun Nair should also buckle down and regain his momentum. The selectors will also like to try Manzoor Dar in place of Mayank Agarwal. Except for Ravi Ashwin, bowling unit conceded runs against MI. They should amend their flaws and bounce back strong.
Jos Buttler should open with Ajnikya Rahane after his aggressive knock against Delhi. Sanju Samson looked very potent at the start of the tournament but his form is now dubious. Same is the case with Rahul Tripathi and Ben Stokes. It is high time Ben Stokes unfurls his skills and proves his worth. Krishnappa Gowtham is doing a decent job as an all-rounder. The bowling unit of Rajasthan is good but not strong enough to win matches. Jayadev Unadkat was expensive yet managed to pick up crucial wickets against Delhi. The RR squad might include Ish Sodhi in place of D’Arcy Short to strengthen their spin attack.
KXIP vs RR Probable Final Playing 11
KXIP : KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Manzoor Dar, Karun Nair, Marcus Stoinis, Manoj Tiwary, Axar Patel, R Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot
Players to watch out for: Chris Gayle, Ravichandran Ashwin
RR : Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
Players to watch out for: Jos Buttler, Krishnappa Gowtham