After back-to-back defeats, Kings XI Punjab will look to return to winning ways when they face-off against Rajasthan Royals in this 32nd game of the Indian Premier League 2019. The match will be played on April 16 at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali. Live telecast is scheduled to begin at 8 PM local time.
KXIP vs RR, IPL 2019: Where to Watch/Live Streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, BT Sport, Fox Sports, SuperSport, BeIN Sports, Sky Sport NZ
Live Streaming: Hotstar, Bet365, Foxtel, Yupp TV
KXIP vs RR Toss Prediction
The PCA has so far hosted four matches this IPL out of which three have been won by the side batting second. Moreover, taking the dew factor into account, the team that wins the toss in this match is likely to bowl first.
Read on for team previews, betting odds, betting tips and predictions for Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals, Indian Premier League 2019...
Kings XI Punjab Team News & Playing 11
KXIP Team News
Kings XI Punjab made as many as four changes to their side for the last game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. One of those was a forced change as they brought Andrew Tye in place of Hardus Viljoen who missed the last game due to flu. KXIP also replaced David Miller, Karun Nair and Ankit Rajpoot by Nicholas Pooran, Mayank Agarwal and Murugan Ashwin respectively. Viljoen could be brought back if he recovers in time. No further changes are expected for the hosts.
KXIP Key Players
Chris Gayle and KL Rahul are going great guns for the Kings XI Punjab this IPL and this opening pair holds the key to their batting. Rahul is the tournament's second-leading run-getter with 335 runs followed by Gayle who is not far behind with 322 runs. Gayle is coming off an unbeaten 64-ball 99 against Royal Challengers Bangalore and he even cracked 79 off 47 balls in the reverse encounter. Mayank Agarwal and Sam Curran can also inflict a fair amount of damage on the Royals with their big-hitting. Mohammed Shami and skipper Ravichandran Ashwin have been impressive with the ball so far and they are the main weapons for KXIP when it comes to bowling. While Shami has taken 10 wickets at an economy of 8.78, Ashwin has nine at 7.62. The skipper had returned economical figures in the earlier clash against the Royals who could again find it difficult to score off him.
KXIP Recent Form
Kings XI Punjab, after two consecutive defeats against Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively, have slipped to the fifth spot on the IPL 2019 points table. They now have four wins and as many losses from eight matches. KXIP have been impressive with the bat on the previous two occasions, putting up 173 and 197 on the scoreboard while batting first. The same cannot be said about their bowling though as they failed to defend those big totals.
Kings XI Punjab Predicted Playing 11
Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye/Hardus Viljoen, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin
Rajasthan Royals Team News & Playing 11
RR Team News
Ben Stokes sat out the previous game against Mumbai Indians due to a hip injury and was replaced by compatriot Liam Livingstone. Rajasthan Royals also dropped leg-spinner Riyan Parag for off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham. The latter returned expensive figures at the Wankhede and it will be interesting to see whether the Royals give him another opportunity or bring back Parag for this upcoming clash against the Kings XI Punjab. Stokes, however, will certainly slot back into the playing eleven straight away if he recovers from his injury.
RR Key Players
Jos Buttler has returned to form with a magnificent knock of 89 from 43 balls in the last game against the Mumbai Indians. The opener has scored the most runs for the Royals this IPL season and has smashed three half-centuries, one of which came against KXIP in the reverse encounter. While Buttler forms the heart of this batting line-up, Steven Smith and Sanju Samson are the others to watch out for. Samson is averaging a little over 44 and is having a strike-rate of 145. Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer and Jaydev Unadkat are the go-to options for Rajasthan Royals in terms of bowling. Gopal has been the standout with 8 wickets in 7 matches at a healthy economy of 6.41 and the leg-spinner is more likely to cause problems for the KXIP batsmen. Archer claimed a three-wicket haul in the last game against Mumbai Indians and he will be expected to do some early damage in the powerplay.
RR Recent Form
Rajasthan Royals have managed to revive their campaign with a four-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in their last game. They are currently lying in the seventh place on the IPL 2019 leaderboard with two wins and five defeats from seven matches. Prior to that game against MI, the Royals had suffered back-to-back defeats against Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings respectively. They did a good job with the bat last time, pulling off a challenging run-chase.
Kings XI Punjab are the bookmakers' favorites to win this match and they are being offered at odds of 1.61 on Betway, 1.66 on Bet365 and 1.64 on Betrally. Rajasthan Royals are the underdogs for this game at a higher price of 2.10 on Betway, 2.20 on Bet365 and 2.15 on Betrally.
KXIP Betway Odds
KXIP to Win the Match: Kings XI Punjab are favorites with Betway to win this match at odds of 1.61.
KXIP Top Batsman: Chris Gayle is 3.20 while KL Rahul is even shorter at 2.80 with Betway to top-score for KXIP in this match. Mayank Agarwal is up at 5.50 with the bookmaker.
KXIP Top Bowler: Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami have been impressive with the ball and they are both 4.50 with Betway to be the top bowler for KXIP. Sam Curran is 4.25.
RR Betway Odds
RR to Win the Match: Rajasthan Royals are outsiders for this game at 2.10 with Betway.
RR Top Batsman: Jos Buttler and Steven Smith are 3 and 4.75 respectively with Betway to score the most runs for the Royals. Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson both find themselves at 4.
RR Top Bowler: Shreyas Gopal has been a revelation for the Royals this season and the leg-spinner would be worth backing at 3 with Betway to finish with the best bowling figures for his side. Jofra Archer and Jaydev Unadkat are 3.25 and 3.75 respectively.
KXIP Bet365 Odds
KXIP to Win the Match: Bet365 is offering odds of 1.66 on Kings XI Punjab to beat Rajasthan Royals.
KXIP Batsman to Score a Fifty: Lokesh Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are 3.25 and 4 respectively with Bet365 to hit a fifty in this game.
RR Bet365 Odds
RR to Win the Match: Rajasthan Royals are being offered a high price of 2.20 on Bet365 to win this match.
RR Batsman to Score a Fifty: Jos Buttler smashed a blazing half-century in the last game and he can be backed at 3.25 with Bet365 for another 50+ score. Ajinkya Rahane, the skipper, is up at 3.50.
KXIP Betrally Odds
KXIP to Win the Match: KXIP are favorites to win this match at 1.64 with Betrally.
KXIP Highest Opening Partnership: The Chris Gayle-Lokesh Rahul pair is being offered at 1.86 on Betrally for the highest opening partnership of the match.
RR Betrally Odds
RR to Win the Match: Betrally has Rajasthan Royals as the underdogs for this game at 2.15.
RR Highest Opening Partnership: Rajasthan Royals are 1.86 with Betrally to produce the highest opening partnership in this match.
KXIP vs RR Prediction
Kings XI Punjab had started off well this year but have just begun to lose their way a little bit. After a heartbreaking loss against the Mumbai Indians, they received a thrashing at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last game. They do have the home advantage in their favor though and they even beat Rajasthan Royals at this venue last year. However, their bowling is not looking quite up to the mark at the moment and their batting seems to be heavily reliant on Chris Gayle and Lokesh Rahul.
Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, are coming off a win against the Mumbai Indians and have gained momentum which is so crucial in the T20 format. And unlike the hosts, they have more quality and experience in their middle-order batting. Plus, the likes of Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer and Dhawal Kulkarni have done a fine job with the ball in the past few games. The Royals will be hungry for two more points and we expect them to improve their position in the league standings.
Back Rajasthan Royals to beat Kings XI Punjab at 2.10 with Betway, 2.20 with Bet365 and 2.15 with Betrally.