Rajasthan Royals at Kings XI Punjab
|Date & Time||Tuesday April 16, 2019, 10:30 AM (EDT)|
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
Kings XI Punjab -127 / Rajasthan Royals +105
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.