KXIP vs RR: The time has come again where the world will be eagerly awaiting to witness one of the fiercest battles, which got them all talking during the start of the IPL. It is KXIP vs RR, or in other words, Ravichandran Ashwin vs Jos Butler, who had become the centre of the talking point, after the infamous “Mankading” incident by Ashwin. The two teams will lock horns again in Mohali on Tuesday, where the Rajasthan Royals will look to avenge their previous defeat.
Going by their performance so far in this season, the battle is certainly not of the equals, as Kings XI Punjab have won 4 games out of 8, placing themselves at the 5th position in the IPL points table, while the Rajasthan Royals have rather had a disappointing season with just 2 wins out of 7 matches, taking 7th position in the standings.
A MUST WIN GAME FOR RR
However, for the RR, this match is clearly dubbed as their crucial match of the season, as they are not just playing for vengeance against KXIP but also to keep their hopes alive in this season of the IPL, as a loss here will mean their probable exit from the tournament, unless the top 4 teams dwindle. What’s good for RR though is that they are coming into this match after a win against Mumbai Indians, which is one of the strongest teams in this season of the IPL. Hence, Ajinkya Rahane would want his team to continue with the winning momentum and replicate a similar performance in this match too.
A PLACE IN THE TOP 4 FOR KXIP?
Though KXIP looks stronger than RR, their performance in their previous game speaks a different story. They weren’t on the top of their game in their match against the RCB, by dropping crucial catches and conceding extra runs, which eventually cost them the match. Ravi Ashwin would certainly want to move ahead from there and be more cautious this time and will be expecting his team to put up a good performance against RR.
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Kings XI Punjab
West Indian Nicholas Pooran did not get the opportunity to bat in the previous game against the RCB. He might be promoted up the order in this game, as he is known to be an explosive batsman. As far as bowling is concerned, Mujeeb Ur Rahman might replace Andrew Tye, and he will be joining Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin and Captain Ravi Ashwin to strengthen the bowling unit.
Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravi Ashwin (c), Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami.
Rajasthan Royals will most likely go ahead with their winning team. However, if Ben Stokes is declared fit, he would be replaced by Liam Livingstone, who rather had a disappointing start for his IPL career.
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (wk), Steve Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat.
PITCH & CONDITIONS
Batting at the Mohali pitch during the initial overs will be easy with the new ball but as the match progresses, it becomes difficult when the ball becomes old. The weather could also play spoilsport tomorrow as there is a potential scare of rainfall and the match getting abandoned as well.
The two teams have faced each other 18 times and RR lead by a minor margin. Out of the 18 encounters, RR have won 10 games, while KXIP have won the remainder of the games. However, at the IS Bindra PCA stadium in Mohali, the tally further narrows down with equal wins to both the teams out of the 6 games being played here so far, with each team winning 3 games each.
PROBABLE TOP PERFORMERS
Mayank Agarwal – KXIP | Jos Buttler – RR
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The prediction is for KXIP to win the match.
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