Watch 38th Match of IPL 2018 Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals Prediction, Live Streaming, Highlights & Result.
38th Match of IPL 2018 Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals
The match is scheduled to begin on 6th May, 2018 at 20:00 local time (14:30 GMT and 19:30 PKT).
Kings XI Punjab:
Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Axar Patel, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar.
Ajinkya Rahane (c), Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Rahul Tripathi, D Arcy Short, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Zahir Khan, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Heinrich Klaasen.
Kings XI Punjab:
Chris Gayle is back in the Kings XI Punjab line-up and, on the back of his half-century against Mumbai Indians, back in form too. Out-of-form Aaron Finch was dropped for that game, paying the price for failing to pass 14 in five innings so far – two of which saw him dismissed without scoring. Marcus Stoinis was his replacement against Mumbai, and after the all-rounder hit 29 from 15 balls he is likely to keep his place despite being expensive with the ball. Yuvraj Singh also returned for the last game, as Manoj Tiwary found himself surplus to requirements.
Chris Gayle has been in supreme form in this year’s IPL, with his five innings so far yielding scores of 63, 104*, 62*, 23 and 50. The West Indian’s return is a big boost for Kings XI Punjab who now need their other big hitters to start to find form – Yuvraj Singh has failed to fire this year, but Lokesh Rahul has scored 292 from eight innings, including two half-centuries. Marcus Stoinis impressed on his return to the team last time out, with the bat at least, while Ankit Rajpoot will look to recapture the form that saw him handed two consecutive man of the match awards and claim a return of 5/14 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Kings XI Punjab have lost their last two matches, after crashing to 119 all out against Sunrisers Hyderabad in response to 132/6 and then failing to defend 174/6 against Mumbai Indians. They had won four in a row before that, thanks to some explosive batting led by Chris Gayle. They currently sit on ten points from eight matches in total.
Rajasthan Royals altered their batting line-up against Delhi Daredevils and were nearly rewarded as they fell just four runs short of their revised target in a rain-affected match. D’Arcy Short returned to the team and opened the batting with Jos Buttler, and they put on 82 in just 40 balls for the first wicket. Captain Ajinkya Rahane did not bat. Short’s return meant Ish Sodhi missed out again, and after their bowlers took a punishing it may mean more rotation for their overseas players.
Jos Buttler’s big-hitting against Delhi Daredevils last time out was a reminder of his strength, and his 67 from 26 balls took him to 187 runs for the season. Fellow England international Ben Stokes has scored 148 runs but Rajasthan need more from their two power hitters going forward. Snju Samson has been the team’s top scorer with 282, including one knock of 92*.
The rain-affected four-run defeat to Delhi Daredevils last time out was Rajasthan’s fifth defeat of the season and their second in a row as they failed to seize the initiative after beating Mumbai Indians by three wickets, chasing 168 to win. That game was followed by an 11-run loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad despite Ajinkya Rahane scoring 65 from 53 balls, before Jos Buttler’s power-hitting and opening partnership with D’Arcy Short was unable to inspire them to chase down the revised target of 151 from 12 overs.
Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals Prediction:
Kings XI Punjab may have lost their last two games, but with Chris Gayle fit and firing again they can get back to winning ways against out-of-form Rajasthan Royals.