Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab Fantasy Cricket Preview

_Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

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


Pitch Conditions

The average first innings total in the 4 VIVO IPL 2018 matches at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium is     158.


Venue Stats IPL

Total matches 37
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
No Result 0


Head to Head at Sawai Mansingh Stadium

Total Matches Play 6
Won by Rajasthan Royals 3
Won by Kings XI Punjab 3
No Result 0


Teams’ Form in their Last Five Matches (most recent first)

Rajasthan Royals: L L L W

Kings XI Punjab: W L L W W


Team News

Rajasthan Royals

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.



Rajasthan Royals

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



Jos Buttle

Sanju Samson

Ajinkya Rahane

Jofra Archer

KL Rahul

Chris Gayle

Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Andrew Tye


Player to watch  

K Gowtham


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.



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