Cricket Prediction Indian Premier League – Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab – Rajasthan Royals take on Kings XI Punjab in their first game

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Cricket match date: 25th March 2019

Cricket match time08:00 pm IST

Cricket match location: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur

Cricket Match format: T20

Tournament:  Indian Premier League 2019

Team A: RR

Team B: KXIP

Team A Captain: Ajinkya Rahane

Team B Captain: Ravichandran Ashwin

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Cricket Match Preview:

Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan Royals will begin their campaign against Ravichandran Ashwin-led Kings XI Punjab. Rajasthan Royals sneaked into the playoffs last year, thanks to their late surge in the group stage, whereas Kings XI Punjab suddenly went off the boil and completely lost the momentum in the second half of the group stage to miss out on the playoff spot.

Both sides are full of international superstars and their performances will be crucial for both sides in the tournament. While Rajasthan Royals consist of the likes of Ben Stokes, Jos Butler and Jofra Archer, Kings XI Punjab consist of the likes Chris Gayle, Sam Curran and David Miller. A few of these players will leave the tournament after 1st May to go on national duty hence, it will be important for both teams to begin well.

Rajasthan Royals will have to be wary of the absence of a few of their players. Three of their biggest players Jos Butler, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer are from England and they will certainly leave the tournament in the first week of May. Thus, Rajasthan Royals would like to win as many cricket games as they can until that stage. Their first target would be to reach the playoff and then take it from there.

For Kings XI Punjab, a huge responsibility will be on their opening pair of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. Both have been in great form in limited overs format and if Rahul can replicate his last year’s form, Punjab will be in a great position. Chris Gayle, on the other hand, has been in an unbelievable form recently and that augurs well for Punjab. Apart from these two though, their batting is a bit thin and others will have to step up.

It is going to be an exciting game of cricket between two underrated sides. Jaipur has been a fortress for Rajasthan Royals and it will not be easy for Kings XI Punjab to breach that. It has been a close contest between the two sides in the last five games, with both cricket teams winning two games each while one cricket game got tied.

Cricket Match Information:

Rajasthan Royals will take on Kings XI Punjab in their first cricket game of this year’s IPL. While Royals reached the playoffs last year, Kings just missed out on the top four positions. Both teams are quite underrated and might spring a surprise in this year’s IPL.

Rajasthan Royals

Probable XI (Our Prediction):

Royals will be led by Ajinkya Rahane this year as well. He led the team to a playoff spot last year. Our prediction is of similar playing eleven that played their last cricket game last year.

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

Kings XI Punjab

Probable XI (Our Prediction):

KX1P will be 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 a similar lineup that played their last cricket game in IPL 2018.

Here is our prediction of KXIP’s playing XI:

  • KL Rahul
  • Chris Gayle
  • Karun Nair
  • Ravichandran Ashwin
  • Mohammad Sami
  • Mayank Agarwal
  • Sam Curran
  • Ankit Rajpoot
  • Mujeeb ur Rahman
  • Mandeep Singh
  • David Miller

Cricket Statistics and Prediction:

Chris Gayle aka ‘The universe boss’ will be opening the innings for KXIP this year. He has had a great record in the IPL at the top of the order. Our prediction is of a good outing for him in the first cricket game for KXIP.

Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:

It has been a while since an international cricket game has been played at this stadium. However, in the IPL the pitches have been conducive to stroke play and there has also been help for pacers in the form of bounce and pace. Our prediction is of a score of around 170 this time around. Conditions are expected to be dry.

Our Prediction:

Rajasthan Royals will begin this game of cricket as favourites. Jaipur has been a fortress for them in the IPL tournament. Hence, our prediction is of Royals’ victory as Punjab have some holes in their batting lineup.

Top Batsman (Prediction):

Jos Butler (RR) – 50+ runs

Top Bowler (Prediction):

Ben Stokes (RR) – 2 or more wickets

Most Sixes (Prediction):

Jos Butler (RR)

LOGO 2 Odds

Rajasthan Royals – 1.60

Kings XI Punjab – 2.10

*odds may change anytime

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