A team full of confidence, Kings XI Punjab has today descended on the intention of taking the next step towards the playoffs while continuing the winning campaign in the match of IPL. Rajasthan have decided to bowl first after winning the toss.
For the Rajasthan Royals, it will be a battle to survive in the tournament. KL Rahul’s team, which has been consistently losing at the start of the tournament, has seen a miraculous change in performance. Punjab has reached the top 4 by winning five consecutive matches.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (wk / c), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Puran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh.
Rajasthan Royals: Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Steven Smith (c), Sanju Samson (wk), Jose Butler, Ryan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron and Karthik Tyagi.
Captain is at the forefront
Punjab will be expecting another strong performance from captain KL Rahul, who has scored the most runs so far in this tournament. Ever since Chris Gayle has come, not only has the confidence of the team increased manifold, but his luck has changed. Whether or not Mayank Agarwal, who was ruled out for two matches due to a knee injury, returns to the team remains to be seen. Mandeep Singh scored 66 not out at the start of the innings against Kolkata Knight Riders giving the team an extra option. In the last few matches, Punjab’s bowling has been superb under Mohammad Shami.
Ben Stokes’s brilliant innings
On the other hand, the Rajasthan Royals are also strong after beating the top-ranked Mumbai Indians. Ben Stokes has returned to superb form having scored an unbeaten 107 against Mumbai. Sanju Samson has also recovered, though skipper Steve Smith’s poor form may have hit the Royals. Rajasthan’s bowling has been average under Jofra Archer. Archer has taken 17 wickets in 12 matches at an economy rate of 6.71, but has not received support from the rest of the bowlers.
Face to face
Total Matches 20
KXIP won 9
RR won 11
Batting: KXIP- KL Rahul (12 matches, 595 runs), RR- Sanju Samson (12 matches, 326 runs)
Bolling: KXIP- Mohammed Shami (12 matches, 20 wickets), RR- Jofra Archer (12 matches, 17 wickets)
IPL-13 in Abu Dhabi
Total Runs: 4982