Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab will meet once again – this time in Match 40 of VIVO IPL 2018.
In the match played in Indore on Sunday night, KXIP prevailed after they chased down a modest target of 153, to win by 6 wickets. With the win in that match, KXIP have 12 points and sit third in table, while Rajasthan Royals continue to occupy the floor of the eight-team standings.
RR, who now have three wins from 9 matches, quickly need to start piling on the wins if they want to nurture any ambitions of making the playoffs. The Royals’ players and backroom staff will be disappointed with the insipid performance of their batsmen in the previous match. Barring Jos Buttler’s 51 at the top, there was little else of note from a talented and experienced line-up of batsmen; other than the opener’s 51 off 39 balls and Shreyas Gopal’s 24 from 16 balls at the end, the seven batsmen in the middle only contributed 63 runs from 58 balls.
KXIP don’t have too many glaring problems. Ashwin’s captaincy has been excellent, though he’d like a few more wickets against his name. KXIP should resist tinkering with their batting order, and let batsmen play in positions they’re used to playing at.
When: May 8, 08:00 PM IST
Venue: Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur
The average first innings total in the 4 VIVO IPL 2018 matches at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium is 158.
Venue Stats IPL
|Matches won batting first||12|
|Matches won bowling first||25|
|Average 1st Inns scores||155|
|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 DC|
|Lowest score defended||151/7 (20 Ov) by SRH vs RR|
Head to Head
|Total Matches Play||16|
|Won by Rajasthan Royals||9|
|Won by Kings XI Punjab||7|
Head to Head at Sawai Mansingh Stadium
|Total Matches Play||6|
|Won by Rajasthan Royals||3|
|Won by Kings XI Punjab||3|
Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)
Rajasthan Royals: L L L W L
Kings XI Punjab: W L L W W
Dhawal Kulkarni could be brought back in place of Anureet Singh
Kings XI Punjab
Mayank Agarwal has failed to impress in the past few matches and he could make way for Manzoor Dar but chances are low.
Rajasthan Royals : Jos Buttler (wk), Ajinkya Rahane (c), D Arcy Short, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Jofra Archer, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Anureet Singh, Heinrich Klaasen, Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Ankit Sharma, Ish Sodhi, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera.
Kings XI Punjab : Lokesh Rahul (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Manoj Tiwary, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Yuvraj Singh, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar.
Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, D’Arcy Short / Heinrich Klassen, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Anureet Singh/Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal / Manzoor Dar, Manoj Tiwari, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Player to watch
Stats that matter
- Andrew Tye has picked up two or more wickets in five of Kings XI’s six wins this season.
- Chris Gayle needs 64 runs to become the seventh player to 4000 runs in the IPL
- Kings XI are the best batting team in the Powerplay this season, scoring at a run-rate of 9.22 and averaging 55 per wicket in this phase.