Cricket match date: 16th April 2019
Cricket match time: 8:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2019
Team A: KXIP
Team B: RR
Team A Captain: Ravichandran Ashwin
Team B Captain: Ajinkya Rahane
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Cricket Match Preview:
The last encounter between Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) set the International Premier League alight. The controversial run-out of Jos Butler by Kings skipper R Ashwin derailed the run chase of Rajasthan and they took a long time to recover from it. Kings, too, have had their issues particularly in last few cricket games where they seem to be losing the momentum.
KXIP’s last cricket game against Royal Challengers Bangalore didn’t go according to the plan. On winning the toss, RCB decided to chase and despite Punjab’s Chris Gayle scoring 99 not out, they couldn’t quite run away from the game of cricket. Punjab ended up scoring 173 runs and would have still backed themselves due to the batting woes of RCB in this IPL so far.
However, the target wasn’t too big and RCB began with a bang courtesy of Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel. Virat and AB de Villiers got together after Parthiv’s dismissal and didn’t allow KXIP to get back into the cricket game at all. In the end, it was a hard loss for KXIP, one that leaves them at fifth position with 4 wins out of 8 cricket games.
Rajasthan Royals would be heaving a huge sigh of relief after their last cricket game against Mumbai Indians in Mumbai. They were struggling with just one win out of their 6 cricket games and had to win this game. It wasn’t easy for them as Mumbai Indians put up a good score of around 180 for them to chase down.
Led by Jos Butler superlative knock and good support act from Ajinkya Rahane, Rajasthan got off to a great start and never looked under the pressure until the last few overs where there was a customary collapse. This cricket game is going to be crucial for both cricket teams. Both the teams are looking to either gain some momentum or maintain the momentum.
Cricket Match Information:
KXIP will take on Rajasthan Royals for the second time in this year’s IPL. KXIP beat Rajasthan in a controversial manner in the first cricket game between the two sides. As of now, KXIP are at number 5th position on the points table, whereas RR are at number 7th position on the points table.
Kings XI Punjab:
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
KXIP are being led by Ravichandran Ashwin for the second time in a row. They just missed out on the playoff spot last year and would like to correct that this year. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played the last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of KXIP’s playing XI:
- KL Rahul
- Chris Gayle
- Ravichandran Ashwin
- Mohammad Sami
- Mayank Agarwal
- Sam Curran
- Mujeeb ur Rahman
- Mandeep Singh
- David Miller
- Murugan Ashwin
- AJ Tye
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
RR are being led by Ajinkya Rahane this year as well. He led RR to a playoff spot last year. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played the last cricket game except for Ben Stokes, who should be back in the lineup for this cricket game.
Here is our prediction of RR’s playing XI:
- Ajinkya Rahane
- Jos Butler
- Ben Stokes
- Jofra Archer
- Krishnappa Gowtham
- Sanju Samson
- Rahul Tripathi
- Dhawal Kulkarni
- Shreyas Gopal
- Steve Smith
- Jaidev Unadkat
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Chris Gayle, aka ‘The universe boss’, has been in very good form in this year’s IPL. In his last game against RCB, he stayed not out for 99. Our prediction is of another big knock from the big man.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
Teams are chasing the scores easily at Mohali. The pitch is beautiful to bat on and dew is making things difficult for bowling teams as well. Our prediction is of a score of around 180 this time around. Conditions are expected to be dry.
Rajasthan Royals will begin this game of cricket as slight favourites. They are coming off a big win against Mumbai in Mumbai whereas KXIP are coming off from back to back losses. Hence, our prediction is of Rajasthan’s victory for this game of cricket.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Jos Butler (RR) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Shreyas Gopal (RR) -2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Jos Butler (RR)
Kings XI Punjab – 1.74
Rajasthan Royals – 2.00
*odds may change anytime