Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals face-off in what is a big match-up for the two sides in the context of the tournament. Punjab are still searching for their best combination more than halfway into the tournament while Rajasthan have too many underperforming players in the ranks to give them a cause for concern.
With two losses on the bounce, Kings XI Punjab would be looking to get back on winning ways here. For KXIP to come out on top, the bowling must come good along with the middle-order that has done too little thus far.
Meanwhile, RR are well below-par and the presence of top names like Steven Smith and Ben Stokes have not helped their cause. Jos Buttler seems to be the only man carrying the weight of RR batting while Jofra Archer is the only one with the ball to have caused opposition problems consistently.
Pitch conditions: In the last game here, the surface did give some purchase to the slow bowlers. The batsmen had a better day at the office and is likely to remain the trend.
Kings XI Punjab Team News –
Sam Curran and Andrew Tye can make way for Moses Henriques and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
There is a toss-up between David Miller and Nicolas Pooran for a spot in the middle order.
Rajasthan Royals Team News –
Ben Stokes missed the last game for RR through an injury. The all-rounder can return to the side.
Kings XI Punjab Playing XI –
KL Rahul, C Gayle, D Miller, N Pooran, M Agarwal, M Singh, R Ashwin, M Shami, Mujeeb, M Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh
Rajasthan Royals Playing XI –
Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson, R Tripathi, Steve Smith, K Gowtham, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Ish Sodhi
Toss Update: Rajasthan won the toss and elected to bowl first.
Changes: KXIP vs RR
Choice of Wicketkeeper: The form KL Rahul and Jos Buttler are in, you can pick either of the two wicket-keepers.
Choice of Batsmen: Chris Gayle is the King of T20s and can’t be ignored. Mayank Agarwal, Steven Smith and Ajinkya Rahane are among the other safe options.
Choice of all-rounders: Ravichandran is an automatic pick. Wait on Ben Stokes’ injury news before selecting him
Choice of bowlers: Jofra Archer and Mohammad Shami should be the first two selections in this section. Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni are among others who can be picked.