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IPL 2018 Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals Match Preview: Champion KXIP will face desperate RR in must-win tie

IPL 2018 Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals Match Preview: Champion KXIP will face desperate RR in must-win tie
Written by Abhishek Lohia

Rajasthan Royals, who occupy the last place in the IPL’s points table till yet, need a miracle to stay in the playoffs, and the team will be on the field with Kings XI Punjab against the same hopes in a Do or Die Match match. In the previous game on Sunday between the two teams, Punjab had won easily by six wickets, and now Punjab would once again come as a claimant for the win. Rajasthan Royals has lost their last three matches, while Punjab has won two of the last 3 matches and they are at the third place in the points table. Rajasthan’s record on this home ground has been better in this season, where they have won two out of three matches, and this is an only positive thing that will give strength to the team.

Ajinkya Rahane, England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes and Rahul Tripathi’s poor performance has been trouble for the Rajasthan. If Rajasthan has to keep up the expectations, then all three will have to raise their level of play and score some runs for his team. Between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, 16 matches have played so far in IPL. Of these, nine matches were won by Rajasthan and Punjab won the 6 matches, while one match remained no result.

On the other side, Punjab would like to strengthen its position in the top four with another win. Punjab, if this match wins with big margins, then it can come in second place in the table. The team relies on a good partnership between Chris Gayle and KL Rahul, although Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair and Marcus Stoinis are also able to contribute well. The team has great diversity in bowling. Spinner R.Ashwin is doing well, while Axar Patel is giving him too much support.

RR Probable XI: 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

KXIP Probable XI: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Marcus Stoinis, Manoj Tiwary, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot

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Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia was a Sports and Political Writer working for Newsfolo and is no longer associated with the organization.

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