The winners of the inaugural season of the IPL, Rajasthan Royals, will take on Kings XI Punjab in their first match of the IPL 2019 at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur on 25th March. Rajasthan Royals reached the play-offs last season but lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in the first eliminator. Kings XI Punjab, meanwhile, could not capitalise on a fine start as they lost their final five games to drop from first to seventh. In this RR vs KXIP preview we have covered pitch report, telecast details, team news, predicted lineups etc
Let us have a look at the RR vs KXIP preview –
Venue – Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
Date & Time – 25 March 8PM (Indian Time) & 2.30 PM (GMT)
Pitch condition – In IPL 2018, 160 was the average score here, so expect medium score.
Broadcaster – StarSports in India
Rajasthan Royals Team News
Rajasthan Royals retained 16 of their 25 players from last season and have added Liam Livingstone and Ashton Turner as overseas players this year. Jos Buttler was Rajasthan Royals’ star man last season, hitting five half-centuries on his way to 548 runs in total.
Steve Smith is available again and has a lot to prove before the World Cup. Ben Stokes and Ish Sodhi are the other foreigners who could make an impact on the team.
Kings XI Punjab Team News
After some heavy investment in the IPL 2019 auction, Kings XI Punjab will expect a return on their money. They have a destructive opening pair in the form of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Nicholas Pooran, Ravi Ashwin, Andrew Tye and Mujeeb Ur Rahman are among the other key players for the season.
Rajasthan Royals Predicted Lineup
Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni
Kings XI Punjab Predicted Lineup
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Nicolas Pooran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot , Mohammed Shami, Sam Curran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Rajasthan Royals Squad
Ajinkya Rahane, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Gopal, Aryaman Birla, S. Midhun, Prashant Chopra, Stuart Binny, Rahul Tripathi, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mahipal Lomror, Jaydev Unadkat, Varun Aaron, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Liam Livinstone, Shubham Rajane, Manan Vohra, Ashton Turner, Riyan Parag
Kings XI Punjab Squad
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Andrew Tye, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, David Miller and Ravichandran Ashwin, Moises Henriques, Nicholas Pooran, Varun Chakaravarthy, Sam Curran, Mohammad Shami, Sarfaraz Khan, Hardus Viljoen, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar, and Murugan Ashwin
RR vs KXIP Dream 11 Team
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