|Match Date:||16th April, Tuesday|
|Match Timing:||8:00 PM|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||24,000|
|Match Venue:||PCA Stadium, Mohali|
The Match 32 of the VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see Kings XI Punjab welcome Rajasthan Royals at Mohali. KXIP failed to bolster their chances of making it to the Playoff position with a defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, got back to winning ways by stunning Mumbai Indians in their own backyard.
Here is the detailed analysis of the Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals IPL match:
|Key Players in form||KXIP– KL Rahul, Chris Gayle|
RR– Jos Buttler
|Weather Conditions||26℃, 24% Precipitation, 59% Humidity, Winds up to 10 km/hr. Thunderstorms expected.|
|Toss Advantage||Team chasing has won only 4 of the last 15 matches played at Mohali.|
|Pitch Conditions||Flat, High-scoring.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 182|
Highest Total (2018): 197/7 (KXIP)
Last Match: KXIP173/4 | 174/2 RCB
|Ground Size: Eden Gardens||Side Boundaries: 75 m, Straight Boundary: 79 m|
|KXIP– No major injury.|
RR– No major injury, although Ashton Turner has been conspicuously absent from the squad.
|Home Advantage||Kings XI Punjab|
|Head-to-Head||KXIP 7-10 RR(0 Draw)|
|Form||KXIP – W L W L L|
RR – L W L L W
Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Andrew Tye.
Ajinkya Rahane (C), Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (WK), Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni.
|Impact Players||Chris Gayle, Jos Buttler|
KXIP vs RR Preview
Kings XI Punjab had a glorious chance of bolstering their chances of making it to the Play off. However, they failed to overcome 8th placed Royal Challengers Bangalore. Their biggest shortcoming in the disappointing defeat was an underperforming batting lineup. While Chris Gayle (99*) kept on fighting on one side, he didn’t ample support on the other.
KL Rahul (18), Mayank Agarwal (15), Sarfaraz Khan (15), and Sam Curran (1) all failed to capitalize on the home advantage. The total could have easily passed the 200-run mark. The bowlers then failed to dismiss Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers at the right time.
Rajasthan Royals had a successful outing at Wankhede, having successfully chased down a stiff target of 188 runs. They were thankful to Jos Buttler, again, for bailing them out of a sticky situation again. The English wicket-keeper’s timely knock of 89 runs, along with Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson’s 37 and 31, was enough to complete the shocking victory over MI.
However, the one thing that RR can improve is their middle-order. The Royals almost lost the match having lost four wickets in the space of just 1.5 overs late in the contest. Had it not been for Shreyas Gopal’s sensible 13, things could have been different for RR.
Mumbai will rue 2 dropped catches towards the end. Fine win for Rajasthan, but after the delight and relief must ask why they made it so difficult for themselves? When target could conceivably be reached in singles, why try and hit every ball for 4? Poor thinking
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 13, 2019
KXIP will be the favourites to win this contest, considering squad depth and home advantage.
PCA Stadium will have plenty of runs, and wickets. Thus, choosing a balanced squad (4 batsmen, 2 all-rounders, 4 bowlers) makes sense. Chasing teams have a high chances of winning the contest, so choose maximum players from the team batting second.
KXIP vs RR Dream11 Prediction Team 1
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal Sarfaraz Khan, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Mohammad Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer.
KXIP vs RR Dream11 Prediction Team 2
Sanju Samson, Chris Gayle, Ajinkya Rahane, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Mohammad Shami, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer.