Indian Premier League, 2018

 Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

After playing out a close-match two nights ago, both of KXIP and Rajasthan Royals will be at loggerheads, this time at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.

Rajasthan would be buoyed by their bowling performance against KXIP last on Sunday night, which if not for a superb inning by KL Rahul (84 off 54 balls) would have helped them defend 153. This happened after Rajasthan’s batting barring Jos Buttler (51) and 28 by Samson, displayed another insipid performance with the likes of Short (2), Rahane (5), and Ben Stokes (12) failed to deliver yet again.

With just three wins in nine games, the match against Kings XI Punjab will be a campaign defining the game for the Men from Jaipur.

Where: Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Rajasthan

When: 7 May 2018, 8:00 PM

Pitch Conditions:

The wicket at the Holar Stadium is usually a batting paradise testified by Virender Sehwag’s record-breaking 219 (then highest ODI score).

Statistics over the years: While over the past decade, the average first innings score has hovered from 157 to 159, 32.5 % of the matches have been won by the team batting first (13) while team’s batting second have won 65% of three matches (26) and one match has ended in a tie.

Team News and Playing 11

Kings XI Punjab

  •  Aaron Finch has been in dismal form this season and might pave way for his Aussie compatriot Marcus Stoinis.
  • Manoj Tiwary was dropped in favor of Yuvraj Singh, but after the left-hander coped another failure, Tiwary might get a look-in again.

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

Rajasthan Royals

  • Anureet Singh was seen practicing and might replace Lamror.
  • Ish Sodhi might come in for D’Archy Short

RR Playing 11Ajinkya 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 Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab?

The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com