Head to Head :Rajasthan 10-7 Punjab
Rajasthan comes into this edition of IPL with what could be called a side that can destroy oppositions. You talk about stability in batting, they have that. You talk about out and out destruction they have that as well. You put question marks on consistency and funnily they have that base covered as well. In short, this is what happens when you have players like Rahane, Buttler, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes in your lineup.
The bowling side of things also seems pretty sorted with Stokes, Archer, Varun Aaron, Shreyas Gopal and Gowtham providing potency to the line up (and of course who can forget Jaydev Unadkat). To add to this, the match will be taking place at Sawai Mansingh Stadium which is nothing less than a fortress for Rajasthan.
Coming up against Punjab, a team which has been a bit of a hit and miss throughout the IPL journey, the Royals would be pretty confident to put a “W” on the board after this match.
The player under the spotlight
The Ball-Tempering scandal was huge and you have to admit that it did rattle both the Australian team and the players involved in equal measure. The worse of all and the one who would probably have a huge cloud surrounding him would be Steve Smith. The World Cup is just around the corner and with not too many games left before the selectors take a call, it would be very important for Smith to make a mark early on.
Probable XI: Ajinkya Rahana, Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni
Kings XI Punjab
It’s not too far a cry to say that Kings XI Punjab has become a bit of an outsider in the IPL. Barring the First season of the IPL where they romped into the semis and one season where on the back of Maxwell and Miller they reached the finals, they’ve not really had much to write home about. One of the biggest reasons for that? A lack of stability. Over the years the team has lacked direction to such an extent that there’s never been any constant for them. It’s always a chop and change here and there which has hardly helped them to grow as a unit.
The current team does have a few players who could make the world of difference. Players like Chris Gayle, who is in nothing short of smashing form right now, or a KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair or of course a David Miller, all of them on their day can contribute to winning you the game but the question for Punjab hasn’t always been the players, it’s been the team. Will these players galvanize together to form a team? The answer to that question could shape the journey to the playoffs for Punjab.
The player under the spotlight
Gayle, just before his return to the West Indies International team announced that he would be retiring after the World Cup in England. That was before he started smashing English bowlers to all corners throughout the series and even prompting him to say that maybe if the body allows him, he might extend his stay a bit further. The “Universe Boss” has been on a tear and he looks determined to make the most of whatever time he has in his kitty. If Gayle is able to do what he does best then rest assured Punjab will make the playoffs. But, will he?
Probable XI: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Aggarwal, Karun Nair, David Miller, Mandeep Singh,Ravi Ashwin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot
IPL 2019 RR Vs KXIP Preview and Prediction
Punjab is really up against it with Rajasthan having all their basis covered and to add to that, they’re playing in their fortress. For Punjab to win you need either a batting order collapse from Rajasthan or a really good batting effort from their top 4 while Rajasthan, on the other hand, doesn’t have to rely on extenuating circumstances to win.
For this one, We expect Rajasthan would come out on top because of better depth in all the departments.
A score in the region of around 160 is what both teams would be targeting as a par score.
Rajasthan Royals To Win @ 1.67 at Pinnacle Sports