Rajasthan vs Punjab : Head to Head, Fantasy Tips and Probable XI

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Rajasthan vs Punjab : Head to Head, Fantasy Tips and Probable XI

The ninth match of the ongoing 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is going to be played between Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Sharjah.

Rajasthan have a win over Chennai in the only game they've played till now while Punjab have one win and one loss from their 2 games so far.

Head to Head Stats

Total Matches Played : 19

Team Won Lost N/R
Punjab 9 10 0
Rajasthan 10 9 0

Match Prediction

A good game of cricket is expected when Punjab and Rajasthan take the field against each other at Sharjah on Sunday. The teams would be on high as both teams are coming back after impressive win from their last match.

The contest looks evenly balanced and seems like a 50-50 call as far as the winner prediction is concerned. But if I had to choose one, I would probable go with Rajasthan.

Fantasy Tips :

Suggestions based on form :
Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, KL Rahul, Mohammad Shami

Captain and Vice Captain Picks :
KL Rahul, Jos Buttler, Glenn Maxwell

Differential Picks :
Shreyas Gopal, Karun Nair, Rahul Tewatia, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravi Bishnoi

Rajasthan Royals Probable Playing XI:

Jos Buttler
Yashasvi Jaiswal
Steven Smith (C)
Sanju Samson (WK)
Robin Uthappa
Riyan Parag
Rahul Tewatia
Tom Curran
Shreyas Gopal
Jofra Archer
Jaydev Unadkat

Player to Watch Out : Jos Buttler

Kings XI Punjab Probable Playing XI:

KL Rahul (C & WK)
Mayank Agarwal
Nicholas Pooran
Karun Nair
Glenn Maxwell
Sarfaraz Khan
Jimmy Neesham
Sheldon Cottrell
Ravi Bishnoi
Mohammad Shami
Murugan Ashwin

Player to Watch Out : KL Rahul and Mohammad Shami

Jos Buttler missed the first match against Chennai as he was in quarantine. Buttler will be available for this match against Punjab and is expected to open the innings with young Yashasvi Jaiswal with Steve Smith coming in at number 3. Addition of Buttler will definetely boost up the batting for Rajasthan. David Miller who was unfortunate to be runout against Chennai will have to make way for Buttler.

Sanju Samson was the star for Rajasthan in their first match and the team will expect him to deliver this time too. The utilization of Robin Uthappa however is a bit of a concern for me. Number 5 or 6 is obviously not an ideal position for Uthappa but looking at the players at top order, Uthappa has to bat down the order. It will be interesting to see how Uthappa performs his role.

Rajasthan bowling was good against Chennai with Rahul Tewatia finishing with 3 wickets. Tom Curran and Jofra Archer are someone to watch out for in pace department. Jaydev Unadkat didn't had a good outing in last match and will have to uplift his performance.

Punjab on the other hand are coming back after an impressive victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore. Skipper KL Rahul smashed a brilliant century and will be confident when he takes the field against Rajasthan. Mayank was brilliant in first match against Delhi and nearly won the game for Punjab single handedly.

The concern for Punjab will be the middle order. Nicholas Pooran and Glenn Maxwell haven't lived up to their expectations so far. Punjab will go for Chris Gayle at some point of time. Sharjah is the best batting wicket among the three venues being used in this tournament and well this might be the right time to go with Gayle. If the team wants to go in with Gayle, Pooran might have to make way for him.

Punjab has done a decent job as a bowling unit. Mohammad Shami, Sheldon Cottrell and Ravi Bishnoi have been amongst wickets. James Neesham didn't had much to do in the last match against Bangalore but he can be someone to watch out as far as Punjab side is concerned.

Ritesh Ghimire

Ritesh is a Computer Engineer, Web Developer and an active cricket follower. Being the founder of LetzCricket, he has been watching and analysing Nepali and International cricket and sharing his opinions through LetzCricket.