Rajasthan Royals are set to host Kings XI Punjab at Sawai Man Singh Stadium when the IPL caravan moves to North after a grand start in Chennai. Rajasthan Royals will hope to make it into the playoffs just like last year while the visitors will be determined to start their campaign on a winning note. Both the sides will battle it out in the fourth fixture of the Indian Premier League at 8 PM tonight.

Rajasthan Royals have been the dark horses throughout the IPL history after lifting their maiden IPL title in the inaugural season. Having won all the five games against Punjab at the same venue, the Royals will start as favorites in this contest. The hosts will also be ecstatic with the arrival of Steve Smith after a year-long ban from international cricket. Rajasthan Royals have a formidable squad in this edition, and they would be eyeing to go all the away with Jos Butler, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson in their ranks.

Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab missed a trick or few in the last year’s auction as they failed to fill the voids in their lineup. With Chris Gayle and KL Rahul back in form, the visitors will rely on the opening pair to provide an explosive start. Nicholas Pooran will give them the much-needed stability in the middle order along with David Miller and Karun Nair. Varun Chakravarthy will be under the scanner after his big-money move while Andrew Tye will lead the bowling attack for the Punjab franchise. Kings XI Punjab would be hoping to register their first victory at the Sawai Man Singh stadium and start their campaign on a high.

 

GAME DETAILS

 

Date: Monday, March 25, 2019

Time:  08:00 PM IST

Venue: Sawai Man Singh Stadium, Jaipur

League: Indian Premier League

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

 

Head to head

Total –   17

RR- 10

KXIP – 07

 

Ground Stats IPL

 

Total Matches 40
Matches won batting first 14
Matches won bowling first 26
Average 1st Inns scores 156
Average 2nd Inns scores 142
Highest total recorded 197/1 (20 Ov) by RR vs RCB
Lowest total recorded 92/10 (18.2 Ov) by MI vs RR
Highest score chased 197/5 (19.4 Ov) by RR vs DCG
Lowest score defended 151/7 (20 Ov) by SRH vs RR

 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Rajasthan Royals

  • Steve Smith can feature in the playing XI for the hosts.
  • Ashton Turner is unavailable for selection as he is playing for Australia in UAE.
  • Ajinkya Rahane and Jos Buttler will open the innings.

Kings XI Punjab

  • David Miller will not feature in this match as he is on National Duty.
  • Gayle & KL Rahul will open the innings for the visitors.
  • Andrew Tye will not be available for this match while Moises Henriques can replace him in the starting lineup.

 

 

SQUADS

 

Rajasthan Royals

Ben Stokes, Steven Smith, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jos Butler, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Tripathy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi, Stuart Binny, Aryaman Birla, Mahipal Lomror, Prashant Chopra, Shreyas Gopal, Sudhesan Midhun, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Ashton Turner, S Ranjane, L Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Oshane Thomas, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat.

Kings XI Punjab

KL Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Karun Nair, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot, David Miller, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Simran Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Harpreet Brar, Agnivesh Ayachi, D Nalanda, Sam Curran, V Chakaravarthy, Moises Henriques, M Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Mohammed Shami, Mandeep Singh.

 

KEY PLAYERS

 

Rajasthan Royals

  • Jos Buttler
  • Sanju Samsun
  • Ben Stokes

 

Kings XI Punjab

  • Chris Gayle
  • KL Rahul
  • Nicholus Pooran

 

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Rajasthan Royals

Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samsun, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathy, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni

Kings XI Punjab

Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Moises Henriques, Nicholus Pooran, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Varun Chakarvarthy, Mohammad Shami, Ankit Rajpoot

 

FUNTUSH SAFE XI

 

 

FUNTUSH RISKY XI

 

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