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Kings XI Punjab vs. Rajasthan Royals - 4/16/19 Indian Premier League Cricket Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Rajasthan Royals at Kings XI Punjab
Date & Time Tuesday April 16, 2019, 10:30 AM (EDT)
Location
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
Mohali, India
The Line
Kings XI Punjab -127 / Rajasthan Royals +105
TV Channel
Willow
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The Kings XI Punjab will be playing at home in Mohali as they host the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL.

Rajasthan Royals won their previous match as they beat the Mumbai Indians away from home. It was an incredible batting display by Jos Buttler as the Englishman scored 89 runs off only 43 balls. Ajinkya Rahane also impressed as he scored a rapid 37 to ensure the innings had a fast start. The bowling was led by Jofra Archer as the paceman took 3 vital wickets which dismissed Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma and Kieron Polland. It will be vital for Buttler and Rahane to perform again in this match since they are the key to RR scoring enough runs to be competitive.

In comparison, Kings XI Punjab were beaten in their last match. Chris Gayle scored an incredible 99 not out. The West Indian batted throughout the innings and helped KXIP to a big total. That being said, KXIP still didn’t win and it was hugely due to poor captaincy. Ashwin has not been a tactical master this season and his decision to bowl Safraz Khan in the final over was very poor. It is hard for any team to bounce back after a defeat in the IPL. Ashwin will need to improve his captaincy if KXIP wish to return to winning ways.

The pitch for this match should be similar to that which was present for the KXIP vs RCB game. We should expect big runs for both the Rajasthan Royals and the Kings XI Punjab.

Looking at all the information, I am going pick the Rajasthan Royals to win this match. KXIP have looked very negative and they have lost their last 2 games which is not a good trend. Rajasthan looked very during the previous round and I see RR winning their second successive match in Mohali.

Pick:
Rajasthan Royals

Based in multiple cities around the world, Avijoy is a sports writer and handicapper with over 10 years experience. Avijoy has been at Sports Chat Place since 2015 and has been covering tennis, cricket and soccer. With a degree in statistics, Avijoy provides detailed mathematical edges which allow him to be successful in predicting winners on a consistent basis.   

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