Kings XI Punjab is set to host the Rajasthan Royals in Mohali for another enthralling contest in IPL 2019. The hosts will be desperate to get back to winning ways having lost two games on the trot while the Royals will be confident after thrashing Mumbai Indians in their backyard. Both the teams will square off for the second time in this IPL, and Kings XI emerged victorious by 14 runs in that previous encounter.
Kings XI Punjab started their campaign in flying fashion in this IPL, but they seem to lose their way in the middle of the tournament. With four wins and as many defeats in their eight IPL matches, the hosts are lying at the fifth spot in the IPL 2019 points table. KL Rahul and Chris Gayle have been in great form in this IPL for the home side as the ace duo has provided their teams with flying start more often than not. However, their bowling unit has been under the scanner post their disappointing performance in the last couple of IPL fixtures. Apart from Ashwin and Sam Curran, there is no genuine wicket-taker in their bowling lineup.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals are looking to bring their campaign back on track after a flurry of slump performances in this IPL. Jos Butler, Steve Smith, and Ben Stokes have been scoring runs consistently for the Royals in the IPL 2019 while Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal have led the bowling attack. The visitors would be eyeing to breach the Punjab fortress in the upcoming match at Mohali. Currently, they are languishing at the second last spot in the IPL 2019 points table with a couple of victories in their seven league fixtures. Rahane will have to take up the responsibility and lead his side from the front in the remaining of the matches to reach the IPL 2019 playoffs.

 

MATCH DETAILS

 

Date: Monday, April 16, 2019

Time: 08:00 PM IST

Venue: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali

League: Indian Premier League

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

 

Venue Stats IPL

 

Total matches- 51

Matches won batting first- 23

Matches won bowling first- 28

Average 1st Inns scores-165

Average 2nd Inns scores- 154

Highest total recorded- 240/5 (20 Ov) by CSK vs KXIP

Lowest total recorded- 67/10 (17.1 Ov) by DC vs KXIP

Highest score chased- 194/6 (20 Ov) by KXIP vs DCG

Lowest score defended-  106/6 (10 Ov) by KXIP vs RCB

 

Head-to-head

 

Total – 18

KXIP – 08

RR- 10 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Kings XI Punjab

  • Ashwin & Co is likely to go ahead with the same playing XI.

Rajasthan Royals

  • Gowtham might be replaced by Riwan Parag in the starting lineup.

 

 

SQUADS

 

Kings XI Punjab

Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot, Hardus Viljoen, Arshdeep Singh, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthy, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar

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

 

 

KEY PLAYERS

 

Kings XI Punjab

  • Lokesh Rahul
  • Chris Gayle
  • Sam Curran

Rajasthan Royals

  • Jos Butler
  • Steve Smith
  • Shreyas Gopal

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Kings XI Punjab

Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (WK), Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami

Rajasthan Royals

Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Steven Smith, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtam / Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni