The Rajasthan Royals and the Kings XI Punjab will undertake one another for the 2nd time in three days, this time around at the house ground of the former. The Royals will look to extract revenge for losing they incurred in Indore on Sunday.
The hosts have been in a perilous position in the tournament today, sitting dead last on the points table. It is vital in order for them to win against KXIP today to keep their hopes alive with respect to making it to the playoffs this year. To beat a powerful side led by an able leader in Ravichandran Ashwin, it is imperative that the Royals field the best team at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.
Ajinkya Rahane has altered his batting position in line with the requirements and restrictions of the overall game in the tournament so far. Today, he might decide to open the batting with Jos Buttler, who has finally found some form after being promoted to the the top of order, scoring two consecutive fifties for RR.
Sanju Samson, who started this year well but has been out of touch in the last handful of games, is likely to retain his spot and will be at one-down. Ben Stokes has been one of the very disappointing players of the growing season and hasn’t performed to his potential in even one game so far. However, he will mostly get another go in the playing XI today, considering the impact that he can have on the overall game together with his all-round abilities.
Rahul Tripathi and Jofra Archer will soon be entrusted with the responsibility of finishing the innings. The latter will even play a huge role with the ball, having taken 7 wickets in 3 games for the Royals so far. K Gowtham will soon be a significant area of the playing XI and will soon be expected to contribute with the bat in addition to the ball against Ashwin and his men.
Ish Sodhi might enter into the medial side to give Rahane yet another spin-bowling option on the day. The Kiwi bowler was fairly impressive in the only game he’s played for the franchise this year. Dhawal Kulkarni is likely to come back in the mix to assist Jaydev Unadkat in the seam bowling department. Anureet Singh, who played his first match of the growing season against Punjab on Sunday, is likely to get another shot in the playing XI.
This can be a crucial game in the Rajasthan Royals’ IPL 2018 journey. Winning this game would give them a huge boost and take them from the bottom of the table, while losing it’d put a significant dent on their hopes of earning a successful comeback in the tournament this year.