Indian Premier League, 2018
Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals
The Big Picture
After a humbling at the hands of the Mumbai Indians, KXIP has now lost two games back-to-back. While they failed to chase down a poultry 132 against SRH, they lacked potency against, Mumbai Indians, which raises a valid question that is they too dependent on the opening duo of Gayle and Rahul. The opening duo again laid a platform with a 50-run partnership against MI, but a couple of things halted their progress in the middle-order. A bizarre batting order that saw an out-of-form Yuvraj Singh at No.3 and Mayank Aggarwal batting at 7 behind Axar Patel proceeded to drive out the momentum from their innings and if not for Marcus Stoinis (29 off 15 balls) last over heist against Hardik they looked prime for an under-power target.
In terms of bowling too, Axar Patel bowled just one over, and Rajpoot (0-31) and Marcus Stonis (1-37) had an underwhelming game as they leaked too many runs to aide Mumbai Indians get past the target. While Punjab is still in a good position with ten points, their opponents in Rajasthan Royals have a problem of plenty as they strive to get their fledgling campaign back on track. Currently placed at bottom of the table with six points, Rajasthan’s bowling came in for a thrashing against Delhi Daredevils in the previous match, with the likes of Unadkat, Kulkarni, and Stokes going in for plenty. Chasing 151 in 12 overs, RR made a move to the slot in Buttler at the top which paid immediate dividends as he produced a swashbuckling fifty to keep his team in the game. Short and Stokes form still remains a concern and it is how their overseas marquee players perform will define their campaign moving forward.
Where: Holkar Stadium, Indore
When: 6 May 2018, 8:00 PM
The wicket at the Holar Stadium is usually a batting paradise testified by Virender Sehwag’s 219 (then highest ODI score) against West Indies in 2011 Kohli’s double-hundred in the venue’s Test debut against England in 2016.
Statistics over the years: While over the past seven years, the average first innings score has gone from 137.5 to 169.6, the team batting second has a 100% success rate.
Team News and Playing 11
Kings XI Punjab
Playing 11: Chris Gayle, Manoj Tiwary, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Aaron Finch/Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Ankit Rajpoot, Barinder/Axar Patel, Andrew Tye, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
RR Playing 11: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Dhawal Kulkarni, Jos Buttler, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Ish Sodhi/D’Archy Short, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Tripathi, Mahipal Lomror/Anureet Singh, Jofra Archer
Where to watch Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals?
The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com