In the last match both the teams played, they managed to score above 200 thanks to Samson for RR and Rahul for KXIP, especially Rahul with an end flourish to make a record-breaking 100 by an Indian Batsman and an Indian Captain.
RR vs KXIP:
The Royals will be seen boosted today after their previous match performance especially their opener Jos Buttler returning to their team. Some dangerous power-hitting can be seen today if they fire together.
But Buttler playing at the middle order will give them some solidity in place of David Miller so that their top-order will remain untouched after a good performance against CSK.
With RR’s top order looking strong, Shami can be the key bowler for KXIP today with the new ball along with Cottrell. These two has been threatening in both of the matches and can be helpful to get a good start with the ball.
Kings XI has held Gayle on the bench so far. With the grounds are smaller, will he be given a chance? Seeing the conditions Pooran will be given another chance it seems. But looking at the two leggies at RR, Gayle will also be a good option. It also seems too harsh to drop Pooran after two matches.
Stats and Strategy to look for:
Samson needs two more sixes to get passed 100 sixes in IPL and Maxwell with nine more to get passed the landmark.
Jos Buttler needs 97 runs to get an astonishing 6000 T20 runs.
Jofra Archer’s best figures of 3 for 15 comes against KXIP in 2019.
KXIP’s opening pair has an average of 50.8 which is the highest by any team since 2019 in IPL.
Likely 11s of both the teams:
Steven Smith (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (wk), Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jodra Archer, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat.
Kings XI Punjab:
KL Rahul (c)(wk), Mayank Agarwal, N Pooran/C Gayle, Karun Nair, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, Jimmy Neesham/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, M Ashwin.