The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 has seen a number of controversies, the first one being the Mankad incident when Ravichandran Ashwin run Jos Buttler out for leaving the crease before the delivery. The incident sparked a wave of criticism on Kings XI Punjab captain. Once again, it’s time for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR), essentially Ashwin vs Buttler as the game promises a high-octane meetup.
Jos Buttler and Rajasthan Royals will not be happy with their performances this season. With Steve Smith named in the World Cup squad for Australia, he will be relieved, meaning that we can expect him to play more freely now.
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It might be the right time to rest Ben Stokes, who has had a poor IPL so far, and field Ashton Turner in his place. It remains to be seen if Rajasthan Royals management takes the bold decision of resting the captain, Ajinkya Rahane or not. However, he played well in the previous match, which might just let the management retain him for this match.
Kings XI Punjab lost their previous match to Royal Challengers Bangalore and they will be looking to bounce back. They can slot Nicholas Pooran into the XI in place of David Miller who hasn’t fired lately.
Kings XI Punjab
- Lokesh Rahul
- Chris Gayle
- Mayank Agarwal
- David Miller
- Mandeep Singh
- Nicholas Pooran(w)
- Ravichandran Ashwin(c)
- Murugan Ashwin
- Mujeeb Ur Rahman
- Mohammed Shami
- Arshdeep Singh
- Ajinkya Rahane(c)
- Jos Buttler
- Sanju Samson(w)
- Rahul Tripathi
- Ashton Turner
- Stuart Binny
- Jofra Archer
- Shreyas Gopal
- Jaydev Unadkat
- Dhawal Kulkarni
- Ish Sodhi
Match Time, Venue, Weather Conditions and Toss
Match Time: The match will start at 7:00 PM (India), 7:30 PM (Pakistan).
Venue: PCA, IS Bindra Stadium, Chandigarh.
Weather Conditions: There are 58% chances of rain in Chandigarh tonight.
Toss: Rajasthan Royals won the toss and chose to bowl first.
What’s on Twitter?
Injury woes for IPL teams continue.
🚨 INJURY UPDATE 🚨
Our Sher, Varun Chakravarthy is suffering from a fractured finger.
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 16, 2019
RR in search of their 3rd win overall.
With momentum behind us, we have landed in Mohali looking for our second away win on the bounce!
— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 16, 2019
Everyone all pumped up for tonight’s fixture.
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 15, 2019
Who will win tonight? Let us know your pick.