Jaipur, March 25, Monday at 08:00 PM IST
The IPL 2019 caravan now moves towards North as Rajasthan Royals welcome Kings XI Punjab for the fourth fixture at Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Monday night. While Rajasthan Royals got knocked out in the playoffs round in the last year, Kings XI Punjab failed to even make it to the playoffs after a brilliant start. They started the 2018 season with five consecutive wins but failed to qualify for the playoffs. With a number of new signings this year, both the sides would be having an eye on the title this year. The match will begin at 08:00 PM IST.
Rajasthan Royals who will be playing at their home ground – Sawai Man Singh Stadium and have remained unbeaten against Punjab in last five outings. They look more formidable this year with the return of Australian giant Steve Smith. With Joss Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Ajinkya Rahane, K Gowtham and D Kulkarni in the ranks, Royals will be favourites at their fortress tomorrow.
On the opposite, Kings XI Punjab will once again rely heavily upon Universe Boss-Chris Gayle and KL Rahul for the bulk scoring while Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Andrew Tye will lead the bowling attack. In the last edition, KL Rahul scored 659 runs while Andrew Tye was the Purple Cap holder. The side also has plenty of big names including English-allrounder Sam Curran, Windies keeper-batter Nicholas Pooran, Aussie all-rounder Moises Henriques and South African David Miller.
While the side looks quite strong on papers, lets see how far they will be going this year.
Total – 17
KXIP – 07
The Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur is average wicket that assists both the sides- batting and bowling. The average first innings score at this venue is 156. In terms of IPL, the team bowling first has more number of wins than the side batting first. So, a similar pattern can be expected tomorrow.
Average 1st Inns scores – 156
Average 2nd Inns scores – 142
Highest total recorded – 197/5 (19.4 Ov) by RR vs DCG
Lowest total recorded – 92/10 (18.2 Ov) by MI vs RR
Highest score chased – 197/5 (19.4 Ov) by RR vs DCG
Lowest score defended – 151/7 (20 Ov) by SRH vs RR
Total – 05
Rajasthan Royals – 05
Kings XI Punjab – 00
Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Varun Aaron
Kings XI Punjab:
Nicholas Pooran (WK), Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Varun Chakravarthy, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot
This RR vs KXIP Dream11 prediction is high-risk but you may reap rewards if some assumptions come off. We advise you not to use these teams in small league contests.
RR wins the toss and elects to bowl first
RR – overseas- Jos Buttler, J Archer, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes
KXIP – overseas – N Pooran, C Gayle, Mujeeb and Sam Curran
Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Lokesh Rahul(w), Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Mohammed Shami, Ankit Rajpoot
Rajasthan Royals XI: A Rahane, J Buttler, S Smith, B Stokes, S Samson, K Gowtham, S Gopal, R Tripathi, J Archer, J Unadkat, D Kulkarni
It is very tough to beat Rajasthan Royals at their home ground – Sawai Man Singh Stadium. Rajasthan Royals have turned up the winners in last five head to head encounter at Sawai Man Singh.
Chris Gayle and KL Rahul at the top are most destructive batsmen in Kings XI Punjab and they need to fire if Punjab wishes to pull out tomorrow's clash.
THIS RR VS KXIP DREAM11 PREDICTION IS HIGH-RISK BUT YOU MAY REAP REWARDS IF SOME ASSUMPTIONS COME OFF. WE ADVISE YOU NOT TO USE THESE TEAMS IN SMALL LEAGUE CONTESTS.