The Rajasthan Royals are ready to take on the Kings XI Punjab in the 32nd fixture of the VIVO IPL 2019. The entertainment begins at 8 PM local time.
Since the infamous mankading controversy, the journey of both the teams has been contrasting. While the Kings stands fifth on the points table, the Rajasthan Royals with four points, stand on the seventh spot just above the RCB.
The pitch at Mohali is on the slower side, making it tough to bat when the ball gets older. Spinners will be crucial to success in this one. The team winning the toss will prefer to chase.
Kings XI Punjab
The journey for the Kings in the north has been like a roller coaster ride. They have split their last eight games and will look to find some consistency going ahead in the tournament. The middle order and the bowling unit has been a worrying factor for the management.
David Miller has returned to boost the middle order. Also, Viljoen might make a comeback if he recovers from illness in place of Andre Tye who was ineffective in the previous game.
KXIP Probable XI:
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Sarfaraz Khan, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Sam Curran, Mandeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, R Ashwin, M Ashwin, Mohammed Shami
In contrast with the KXIP, RR’s journey has been a disappointing one as they sit at the second last spot on the points table. RR is a balanced team on paper but fails to deliver on the field.
Ben Stokes was out in the previous game due to a hip injury, and there is no word about his fitness so far. There are two options available for RR: Liam Livingstone/ Ashton Turner. Turner may fill for Stokes as both are all-rounders.
RR Probable XI:
Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Ashton Turner/ Liam Livingstone, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat
Dream XI Predictions
- Batsmen: KL Rahul
- Batsmen: Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler
- All-rounders: R Ashwin
- Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, M Ashwin, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer
Both the teams are dependent on their top-orders and are worried about their middle order and bowling unit. Each team has won three matches out of six games between them at Mohali.
It will be a nail-biting contest and expect the Royals to be little mighty against the kings this time.
RR to beat KXIP