The last time these sides played, it was Ravichandran Ashwin’s ‘Mankading’ of Jos Buttler that was all over the news. In the grand scheme of things, it makes for a great spectacle as Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) welcome Rajasthan Royals (RR) to Mohali in the Indian Premier League 2019 season.
This match #32 of the IPL regular season will be played on Tuesday and comes at a time when both sides need a win desperately. KXIP have four wins and eight points from eight games, while RR have just two wins in seven.
The Kings have won five of their last seven against Rajasthan, including the reverse fixture marred by Ashwin’s controversial Mankading. Their batting is completely manned by the duo of KL Rahul (335 runs) and Chris Gayle (322). The openers have scored 47.75% of the Kings XI runs for the season.
Bowling too has been about a couple of good performers. Mohammed Shami (ten) and Ravichandran Ashwin (nine) have been consistently among the wickets, while Sam Curran (seven) looks to be getting into his groove.
The Royals have picked up just two wins this season and another loss could be tough on their playoff chances. Both the wins have come in their last four matches (W2, L2), as Royals continue to rely on Jos Buttler (288 runs, SR 153.19) for aggressive starts at the top.
Bowlers have struggled to hold their own for the visitors and only Shreyas Gopal (eight wickets, ER 6.41) has been effective for the Royals. Ben Stokes has struggled to pick up wickets and that has pulled RR down so far.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Sam Curran has seven wickets this season and has struck at a SR of 170 with the bat. The all-rounder can be a good asset to the Kings XI side and your fantasy team as well.
Jos Buttler will have a point to prove to the KXIP team, after getting out controversially in the previous encounter. The aggressive opener can give his team flying starts, which will help your fantasy points.
KL Rahul is going through a purple patch, as his scores of 18, 100*, 71*, 15 & 71 indicate. The opener should be a must for your fantasy side.
KXIP: 1 KL Rahul (WK) 2 Chris Gayle 3 Mayank Agarwal 4 Sarfaraz Khan 5 Mandeep Singh 6 Nicholas Pooran 7 Sam Curran 8 Hardus Viljoen 9 Ravichandran Ashwin (C) 10 Mohammed Shami 11 Murugan Ashwin
RR: 1 Ajinkya Rahane (C) 2 Jos Buttler 3 Sanju Samson (WK) 4 Steve Smith 5 Rahul Tripathi 6 Ashton Turner 7 Shreyas Gopal 8 Jofra Archer 9 K Gowtham 10 Jaydev Unadkat 11 Dhawal Kulkarni
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