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RR vs KXIP Dream11 Team Prediction of IPL 2019: Preview | A Clash between Underdogs

By Pranob Thachanthara

RR vs KXIP Dream11 Team Prediction of IPL 2019: Preview | A Clash between Underdogs

Hello and Welcome to our preview for Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab match. We are covering RR vs KXIP Dream11 Team Prediction, Preview and Probable Playing XI for the T20 match. The match is to be played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.

Rajasthan Royals had a decent run in IPL’18 and were eliminated in the eliminator. They have a similar squad this year too with few interesting additions like Oshane Thomas, Liam Livingstone and Ashton Turner. However, The focus will be on returning former Australian captain Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane and English duo of Buttler and Stokes. They also have a talented bunch of domestic players who will be roaring to put an impression on the bigger stage. Royals will be determined to make an optimum mix of their talented squad and display good performances in the league stage.

Kings XI Punjab is one of the underachieving team of Indian Premier League. Every year, They begin with some new players with a hope to conquer the IPL trophy for the first time but fail. This year also they have recruited few young talented like Nicholas Pooran, Sam Curran, Varun Chakravarthy, Hardus Viljoen, Prabhsimran Singh and Mandeep Singh. They have one of the most destructive opening pair of Gayle and Rahul which did wonders for them last season and will come with a similar expectation this year too. Their mystery spinners will also be very crucial for Punjab’s success. Kings XI Punjab surely has all the ingredients to outplay any opponent on their day and will enter as underdogs in IPL’19.

A good encounter can be expected between both teams.

When and Where:

RR vs KXIP, 4th T20, Indian Premier League, 2019.
Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur.
25th March, 08:00 PM

Venue Stats:

Average 1st innings score: 156
Average 2nd innings score: 142

Head to Head

Matches played: 17

Kings XI Punjab: 6
Rajasthan Royals: 10

At Sawai Man Singh Stadium:

Rajasthan Royals – 05
Kings XI Punjab – 00

Squads:

RR:
Ajinkya Rahane (C), Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Prashant Chopra, Shashank Singh, Shubham Ranjane, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, Manan Vohra, Aryaman Birla, Rahul Tripathi, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, S. Midhun.

KXIP:
Ravi Ashwin (C), Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Sarfraz Khan, Moises Henriques, Harpreet Brar, Sam Curran, Varun Chakravarthi, PrabhSimran Singh, Nicolas Pooran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Andrew Tye, Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi.

Team News:

Rajasthan Royals:

Ashton Turner is not available while Liam Livingstone, Oshane Thomas and Ish Sodhi are unlikely to play.

Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler will open the innings. Steve Smith, Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi will follow them.

Ben Stokes and Krishnappa Gowtham will play the role of an allrounder. S Gopal and Archer can also contribute with the bat.

Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni will lead the pace attack along with Ben Stokes while Gowtham and Gopal will be the key spinners.

Kings XI Punjab:

David Miller has not yet joined the squad while Moises Henriques, Hardus Viljoen is unlikely to feature.

There is also confusion regarding Andrew Tye. We will update regarding his availability.

Chris Gayle and KL Rahul are likely to open the innings. Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, N Pooran and Mandeep Singh will follow them.

Ravi Ashwin and Sam Curran will play the role of allrounder.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Mujeeb Ur Rahman will lead the spin attack while Sam Curran and M Shami will be the key pacers.

Anyone among Varun Chakravarthy or Ankit Rajpoot will play. Varun is a mystery spinner while Rajpoot is a swing bowler.

Probable Playing XI:

RR:
Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni.

KXIP:
Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Varun Chakravarthy/A Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, M Shami.

RR vs KXIP Dream11 Team Prediction:

Toss update:

RR wins the toss and elects to bowl first

Rajasthan Royals –  4 overseas players – Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, J Archer, Ben Stokes

King XI Punjab – 4 overseas – Chris Gayle, N Pooran, Mujeeb and Sam Curran

Kings XI Punjab XI: C Gayle, L Rahul, M Agarwal, S Khan, N Pooran, M Singh, S Curran, R Ashwin, M Shami, M Ur Rahman, A Rajpoot

Rajasthan Royals XI: A Rahane, J Buttler, S Smith, B Stokes, S Samson, K Gowtham, S Gopal, R Tripathi, J Archer, J Unadkat, D Kulkarni

Jos Buttler (wk)/KL Rahul
Chris Gayle
Mandeep Singh
Mayank Agarwal
S Smith (vc)
Ben Stokes (c)
K Gowtham
R Ashwin
J Archer
A Rajpoot/A Tye
M Shami

C and Vc Choices: KL Rahul, Jos Buttler, Chris Gayle, Steve Smith, A Rahane, B Stokes.

Key Players:

Rajasthan:
Jos Buttler
A Rahane
Steve Smith
Ben Stokes
J Archer
K Gowtham
Sanju Samson
Shreyas Gopal
J Unadkat

Punjab:
Chris Gayle
KL Rahul
R Ashwin
Mujeeb
Mandeep Singh
Sam Curran
N Pooran
Mayank Agarwal

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Pranob Thachanthara

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