Rajasthan Royals lock antlers with Kings XI Punjab again in two days time for Match 38. The Rajasthan squad will look forward to even the score with KXIP for their loss in the last match. While they are desperate for a win to stay in contention for the playoffs, Punjab will hope to uphold their winning momentum. Find the predicted playing 11 for RR vs KXIP below.
Overall: Matches –16
Kings XI Punjab – 7
Rajasthan Royals – 9
Rajasthan Royals host the Kings XI Punjab for their second face-off at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
|Matches won batting first||12|
|Matches won bowling first||25|
|Average 1st Inns scores||155|
|Average 2nd Inns scores||142|
|Highest total recorded||197/5 (19.4 Ov) by RR vs DC|
|Lowest total recorded||92/10 (18.2 Ov) by MI vs RR|
|Highest score chased||197/5 (19.4 Ov) by RR vs DC|
|Lowest score defended||151/7 (20 Ov) by SRH vs RR|
(The above stats only include the IPL matches played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium)
The track at Sawai Mansingh Stadium favors batsmen. But spinners will play an important part as the game progresses.
How do the teams stack up?
Jos Buttler opening the innings has worked in favor of Rajasthan Royals. However, he had to score runs single handedly as wickets fell on the other end. The Royals would want Ajinkya Rahane to open with Buttler. The middle order collapsed under the spell of Punjab’s bowlers. Sanju Samson should regain his form while Rahul Tripathi should shoulder his responsibility well. Ish Sodhi and Ankit Sharma can be given a chance in the spin attack. Similarly, Dhawal Kulkarni could come in place of Jayadev Unadkat as the latter plays inconsistent games. Except for these probable changes, the RR squad will remain the same.
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul played a terrific innings in the last match. He won the game for KXIP by playing steady and splendid knocks till the end. Chris Gayle will come back strong after falling for Jofra Archer last night. Mayank Agarwal’s poor form continues and this might make way for Manzoor Das; meaning, Karun Nair might bat at No.3. KXIP’s bowling unit was terrific with the ball, except for Ankit Rajpoot. The young Indian bowler had two bad games after his fifer against SRH and the KXIP team will want him to bounce back.
RR vs KXIP Probable Final Playing 11
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, Anureet Singh, Ankit Sharma
Players to watch out for: Jos Buttler, Krishnappa Gowtham
KXIP : KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Karun Nair, Manzoor Dar, Marcus Stoinis, Manoj Tiwary, Axar Patel, R Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot
Players to watch out for: KL Rahul, Mujeeb ur Rahman