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IPL 2018 | MATCH 40 | RR vs KXIP | FANFIGHT PREVIEW

IPL 2018 | MATCH 40 | RR vs KXIP | FANFIGHT PREVIEW

RR vs KXIP: Not very often do teams face each other twice in a span of two days in the IPL. The KXIP steam rolled RR in the previous encounter via a fierce onslaught from the very skilful KL Rahul. An innings full of dazzling strokes helped the Kings beat the Royals by 6 wickets. RR vs KXIP will happen again, this time in Rajasthan’s fortress Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur. Both teams are at different ends of the spectrum. While KXIP will be competing to stay in the top half, RR will be battling out a relegation threat. Who will rise high? The action in the Indian Premier League magnifies.

HEAD-TO-HEAD

OVERALL

AT JAIPUR

PLAYED

16

PLAYED

6

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

9

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

3

KINGS XI PUNJAB

7

KINGS XI PUNJAB

3

VENUE: SAWAI MANSINGH STADIUM, JAIPUR

PITCH CONDITIONS

The last game at this venue saw the Royals get beat by a 13-run margin against the Sunrisers. The pitch here has favoured the spinners and the ground’s dimensions also help reduce the boundary scoring frequency. The highest score at this venue this year has been 168 by the Rajasthan Royals and they’ll need to bring their A-game if they need to survive. Chasing has been tricky on this turf, provided the bowlers adhere to a proper plan. Win the toss and bowl first on this ground.

STATS AT THE VENUE

Matches played

37

Matches won batting 1st

11

Matches won batting 2nd

26

Average 1st innings score

156

Average 2nd innings score

142

Highest total recorded

197/1 by RR vs RCB

Lowest total recorded

92/10 by MI vs RR

TEAM NEWS

Kings XI Punjab are very likely to field the same eleven that played Rajasthan in the previous game. Mayank Agarwal’s form has been a bit of a concern. Should he bat at number 3? The Karnataka batsman needs to hit form for his team to occupy a spot in the top 4.

Rajasthan Royals are almost on the verge of getting eliminated from the 11th edition of the IPL. The last game they played was against the same opponents. Barring Jos Buttler and Shreyas Gopal, none of the batters were able to trouble the scorers. RR are facing their worst nightmare and it’s time for the big guns to fire.

EXPECTED PLAYING 11

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

Jos Buttler(wk), D’Arcy Short, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Stuart Binny, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat.

KINGS XI PUNJAB

Chris Gayle, KL Rahul(wk), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Marcus Stoinis, Manoj Tiwary, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot.

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PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR

Chris Gayle needs only 64 runs to become the 7th player to reach the 4,000-run mark in IPL. Gayle has been in scintillating form this season. This, after being left out at the IPL auctions. He has scored 310 runs in the 6 matches he’s played and has been striking at 149.75 runs per hundred balls. His partnership with KL Rahul at the start of the innings has been the prime reason for KXIP’s success. Gayle will be the player to watch out for and be it the Sawai Mansingh, the MCG or the biggest maidan in India, the ball is bound to fly over the boundary ropes.

Sanju Samson after a bright start to the 11th edition has hit a drought. His team needs him now more than ever and if Sanju replicates the classy strokeplay he’s known for, RR will post a massive target on the board. Samson has scored 310 runs in 9 innings. His strike-rate an impressive 142.85. Watch out for this stylish batsman. If RR are eyeing a top 4 finish, Sanju will have to step-up and prove yet again why he’s considered one of the brightest stars in world cricket.

SQUADS

RAJASTHAN ROYALS

Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, D Arcy Short, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Heinrich Klaasen, Ish Sodhi.

KINGS XI PUNJAB

Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar.

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