The Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur will once again light up as Rajasthan Royals would begin their journey in the Indian Premier League 2019 against Kings XI Punjab (RR vs KXIP IPL). Every new edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) bring in new auras to the Gentlemen game as plenty of fresh talents emerge from the game and probably the best platform for all players to get noticed for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup scheduled a few months from now on.
Rajasthan Royals surely would want to repeat the heroics of the inaugural edition of IPL when they went on lifting the trophy under the guidance and captaincy of spin maestro Shane Warne. Over the years, a lot has changed for the Royals ever since and now after finishing 4th in the last edition of the IPL, they would want to aim more than to qualify for the Playoffs.
Kings XI Punjab on the other hand, had a terrible run in the last installment of the tournament as they got off with a steady start and a Playoff finish was on the cards but their poor display with both bat and ball cost them many close games which they should have won easily and eventually they found themselves one position above than last place on the points table.
Both these teams would walk out on the pitch to register a win in their opening game and it remains a lot to see if the inclusion of Steven Smith back in the squad for the Royals could redeem him for his World Cup selection.
For free cricket betting tips and many more, hit the subscribe button to stay up to date. Our pick for this game is Rajasthan Royals because they look the better team on papers and even on ground. Rajasthan would be starting in their home venue Sawai Mansingh Stadium which is a batting paradise if previous matches played on this ground are considered.
Secondly, the batting lineup of Rajasthan Royals is far consistent than the batters of Punjab.
Thirdly, whoever wins the toss will elect to bat first and even in the worst case scenario of Rajasthan has to bowl first and they certainly has the potential to restrict Kings XI Punjab within 160 runs then also it would be a cake walk for them.
Logically, Rajasthan Royals should win but then again it's a game and anything can happen in a game.
bet365: Kings XI Punjab – 6/5, Rajasthan Royals – 4/6
Skybet: Kings XI Punjab – 5/4, Rajasthan Royals – 8/13
betfair: Kings XI Punjab – 5/4, Rajasthan Royals – 4/6
The books are predicting Rajasthan Royal’s WIN.
Top Rajasthan Royals batsmen – JC Buttler, SPD Smith, AM Rahane,
Top Kings XI Punjab batsmen – CH Gayle, KL Rahul, M Agarwal
Top Rajasthan Royals bowlers – JC Archer, IS Sodhi
Top Kings XI Punjab bowler – AJ Tye, M Ur Rahman, R Ashwin
Rajasthan Royals Playing 11: Varun Aaron, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler (wk), Ajinkya Rahane (C)
Kings XI Punjab Playing 11: Ankit Kapoor, Andrew Tye, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Varun Chakravarty, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mandeep Singh, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal, K L Rahul, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran (wk)