Kings XI Punjab will be at home trying to avoid suffering a third straight defeat of the IPL season with Rajasthan Royals the next opponents.
KXIP have been inconsistent with a strong start seeing three defeats in four recent matches despite impressive displays from KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. Both the openers have been in sensational form this tournament and have guided KXIP to four wins in 2019.
This is going to be the first match between the two sides since the “Mankad” controversy between Ravichandran Ashwin and Jos Buttler
On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals have failed to get going in the tournament. In their first 7 matches, they have lost 5 to be rooted in the bottom half of the table.
They record their second win of the season when they chased Mumbai Indians’ target of 188 runs. They need a victory at the PCA stadium to keep their hopes of an IPL playoff finish alive.
Ajinkya Rahane is the current highest run-getter in fixtures involving KXIP and RR. He has scored 347 runs against KXIP bowlers in the IPL. Lokesh Rahul is far behind in the list and has scored 183 runs against RR.
Liam Livingstone and Ashton Turner remain the two options for Rajasthan IF Stokes isn’t available. Other than that, the form of Ajinkya Rahane and Jaydev Unadkat has been a big worry.
The only consistent performer for Rajasthan Royals in this season has been Buttler. It would not be an exaggeration to say that the Englishman is too good for the Royals side lacking match-winners.
At the PCA Stadium in Mohali, both teams have won the same number of encounters. Both RR and KXIP are tied at 3-3 in the Punjab outfit’s home ground.
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KXIP Probable XI: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Mayank Agarwal, 4 Sarfaraz Khan, 5 Mandeep Singh, 6 Sam Curran, 7 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 8 R Ashwin (capt), 9 Hardus Viljoen/Andrew Tye, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Murugan Ashwin
RR Probable XI: 1 Ajinkya Rahane (capt), 2 Jos Buttler, 3 Sanju Samson (wk), 4 Rahul Tripathi, 5 Steve Smith, 6 Liam Livingstone/Ish Sodhi, 7 Shreyas Gopal, 8 Krishnappa Gowtham, 9 Jofra Archer, 10 Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Dhawal Kulkarni