Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab start their campaign this season with their match at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on 25th March 2019. Neither of the two teams had a memorable last season. They would be looking forward to a fresh start this season. Check out free cricket match prediction tips here.
Kings XI Punjab started well in the last season but finished seventh in the table with five straight loss in the end. Rajasthan Royals could not convert the eliminator into a big game and lost it to KKR. KXIP has not won a single match at the Royals’ fortress, Sawai Mansingh Stadium in the last five encounters. KXIP has refreshed the squad with some young guns and big bashers. They would be looking forward to a quick comeback this season.
Performance Check via Cricket Match Prediction Tips
One team that would happy than anyone else would be RR in terms of the purchase of Ashton Turner. He was the key player in Australia’s win and hit the Indian bowlers in all corners of the ground. This kind of purchases has set the base for the RR’s success in the previous years of IPL.
Most hyped Australian captain, Steve Smith would return to the cricket after a one-year ban and would like to gain the international attention ahead of the World Cup.
To facilitate the team’s success, RR has Ben Stokes, Jos Butler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Steve Smith, and Ashton Turner. Picking the best combination would be a tough task for the side. Concerned area for RR would be the Indian players who have not been able to perform up to the mark. Ajinkya Rahane has a lot to prove with diminishing performance in the IPL.
It looks like the bulk would be lifted the overseas player. Despite the lack of quality Indian players, the squad looks solid and competitive.
Kings XI Punjab
Gayle was a lucky pick for the KXIP. He was passed two rounds before KXIP buying the player at the base price at the very last second. Since then the power-hitter has been proving his ability and clear his intentions.
KXIP has worked out completely with their squad with just a few names from the last season. Ashwin led team would be coached by newly appointed coach Mike Hesson.
KL Rahul, Miller, Karun Nair, and Mayank Aggarwal form a solid batting line-up. Andrew Tye and Mujeeb ur Rahman were the key performers for the team last season and are expected to repeat the same this year. KXIP also bagged Moises Henriques, Sam Curran, and Viljoen at the auction.
Foreign players seem to be well-off but eventually, only four can play in the side. Indian players need to perform to keep the momentum going.
Head to Head Tipster
Rajasthan Royals have won ten of their 17 encounters against Kings XI Punjab losing the six of the seven outright and one after a super over.
Probable Playing XI Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Liam Livingstone, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Dhawal Kulkarni
Probable Playing XI Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Prabhsimran Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammed Shami, Andrew Tye, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Pitch Condition Tips
The weather here at Jaipur is going to be hot. Pitch is good for batting with nothing for the fast bowlers. Spinners might try their luck and extract something good out of the pitch. A high scoring match is expected with quality batsmen on both sides.
Toss Prediction Tips
The team winning the toss would like to field first.
Cricket Match Tips Prediction
Rajasthan Royals have been able to defend their fortress. They are clear about their playing XI and have a home advantage. They would like to start with a winning match against a star-studded Kings XI Punjab. KXIP would still take some time to figure out the best possible combinations.