Mohali, April 16, Tuesday at 08:00 PM IST
The 32nd game of Vivo IPL 2019 will be played in Mohali between the hosts Kings XI Punjab and their West rivals Rajasthan Royals. This will be their second head to head clash of this edition and the coin will be tossed at 07:30 PM IST.
The visitors secured their second win of the season after registering 4 wickets win over Mumbai Indians in the last encounter and would be looking to multiply their wins and fancy their chances up the table. In seven encounters, they have two wins and five defeats and need to keep going to finish off in the top four spots.
The hosts, on the opposite, faced another loss in their last fixture against Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 wickets. The middle order has been their biggest woes as batting is overly dependent on C Gayle and KL Rahul at the top. Placed fifth in the table, Kings XI Punjab has four wins and four defeats in eight outings and need a couple of wins to return to winnings ways.
Both the teams started their campaign against each other from Sawai Man Singh Stadium – the fortress of Royals. While Punjab won the contest by 14 runs after defending 184/4 on the board, the match also sparked one of the biggest controversies of IPL. For the first time a batsman was Mankaded in the history of Vivo IPL and it was R Ashwin mankading Jos Buttler.
While some believe it was the game-changing moment of the match as RR went on to lose the game, let’s hope everything is fine when J Buttler and R Ashwin come face to face tomorrow.
Moreover, it will be interesting to watch if Buttler gets more conscious when R Ashwin comes to the bowling end or will he smack him for boundaries and avenge the previous loss for RR.
Total – 18
Rajasthan Royals – 10
Kings XI Punjab – 08
All the four games at this venue have seen the scores of 150+ in the first innings and have also been chased down on most of the occasions. Bowling here in the second innings is a bit tough task considering the due factor so expect the toss winning side opting to bowl first.
Matches won batting first – 23
Matches won bowling first – 30
Average 1st Inns scores – 164
Average 2nd Inns scores – 154
Highest total recorded – 240/5 (20 Ov) by CSK vs KXIP
Lowest total recorded – 67/10 (17.1 Ov) by DC vs KXIP
Highest score chased – 194/6 (20 Ov) by KXIP vs DCG
Lowest score defended – 106/6 (10 Ov) by KXIP vs RCB
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Here’s how the two sides may lineup –
KXIP Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – KL Rahul
Batsmen – C Gayle, D Miller, N Pooran, M Agarwal, M Singh
All-rounder – R Ashwin,
Bowlers – M Shami, Mujeeb, M Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh
RR Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Jos Buttler
Batsmen – Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, R Tripathi, Steve Smith
All-rounder – Liam Livingstone/Ben Stokes, K Gowtham
Bowlers – Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer
Kings XI Punjab –
Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Karun Nair, Chris Gayle, Ankit Rajpoot, Nicholas Pooran, Moises Henriques, Arshdeep Singh, Simran Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Mohammed Shami, Lokesh Rahul, Murugan Ashwin, Hardus Viljoen, Andrew Tye, Sam Curran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Agnivesh Ayachi, Darshan Nalkande, Varun Chakravarthy, Sarfaraz Khan, Harpreet Brar
Rajasthan Royals –
Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Riyan Parag, Steven Smith, Jos Buttler, Varun Aaron, Prashant Chopra, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Shubham Ranjane, Oshane Thomas, Aryaman Birla, Jaydev Unadkat, Manan Vohra, Sudhesan Midhun
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In last six innings against RR, C Gayle has only once crossed the 30 runs mark and that too in the last match in Jaipur. Also, he has been dismissed by only pacers in those last six innings.
KL Rahul’s last 4 innings against RR – 2, 84*, 95*, 4
M Agarwal has an average outing against RR – 37, 11, 2, 22
A Rahane has a forgettable run against Punjab with only two 30+ scores in last 9 innings
Sanju Samson can be a right pick as he has managed to score some runs against KXIP bowling attack
M Shami is the frontline bowler for KXIP and has performed extremely well and can be a good choice in bowlers
Jofra Archer is RR’s bowling strength in death overs and can be the game changer
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, C Gayle, M Agarwal, D Miller, N Pooran, M Singh, R Ashwin, M Shami, M Ur Rahman, A Singh
The final update will be provided at the time of toss. Don’t forget to check!
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