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16 Apr 2019

KXIP vs RR: Match preview, head-to-head records and pitch report

IPL: Can KXIP do a double over RR?

The competition in IPL 2019 continues to get tougher as the tournament is halfway through.

The match number 32 would witness a clash between Kings XI Punjab and former champions Rajasthan Royals at the PCA Stadium in Mohali on Tuesday.

With the previous leg of this tie marred by the 'Mankading' controversy, it would be interesting to see how things pan out, this time.

In context

IPL: Can KXIP do a double over RR?
Punjab humbled by Bangalore, Rajasthan triumph Mumbai

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Punjab humbled by Bangalore, Rajasthan triumph Mumbai

Punjab are coming off a loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore, as the latter registered their first win of the tournament in seven matches.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan earned a much-needed win against Mumbai Indians to keep their play-off qualification hopes alive.

Currently, Punjab are fifth on the table with four wins, while Rajasthan are on the seventh spot with two victories in seven matches.

Team news

Chris Gayle, Jos Buttler among men to watch out for

As far as the players are concerned, Punjab's hard-hitting opener Chris Gayle smashed an unbeaten 99 in the previous tie.

He would look to do the same at home once again, making him the top favorite.

For Rajasthan, all eyes would, once again, be on opener Jos Buttler. He has been in prolific form since the start, and is being backed to fire again.

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Rajasthan have mild edge over Punjab

Head-to-head

Rajasthan have mild edge over Punjab

Considering the head-to-head encounters between these two, Rajasthan have an upper hand.

In 18 IPL matches to date, Rajasthan have won 10, while Punjab have eight wins.

Out of 15 matches in India, nine have been won by Rajasthan, while Punjab have won six.

Six matches have been played in Mohali, it has been three apiece.

The last tie saw Punjab clinching the match.

Pitch report

A sporty wicket awaits in Mohali

While Mohali is usually known to assist batsman, this year's tournament has seen the venue present a sporty track. It suits both batsmen as well as the bowlers.

Of the four matches so far, only two matches have been high-scoring, while the other two have witnessed average scores being posted.

We expect another thriller tonight, with team winning the toss likely to field first.

Here's the predicted Playing XI

Predicted XI

Here's the predicted Playing XI

KXIP: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin.

RR: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Steven Smith, Rahul Tripathi, Liam Livingstone, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni.

Dream XI: Rahul, Mayank, Sarfaraz, Rahane, Smith, Buttler, Ashwin, Curran, Shami, Gopal, Archer.

Match details

When, where and how to watch

Match: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR).

Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.

Time: 8 PM (IST).

Where to watch (TV): Star Sports 1, 2, Select 1 and other regional channels of Star Sports.

Where to watch (Online): Hotstar.

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When did RR win the IPL?

Have KXIP ever won the IPL?

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When did RR win the IPL?

Asked 2019-04-16 14:19:56 by Harini Gupta

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RR won the IPL in 2008.

Have KXIP ever won the IPL?

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No, KXIP are yet to win the IPL to date.

What was the marjin of KXIP's previous win against RR?

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KXIP won by 14 runs against RR this year.

Who was KXIP's first-ever skipper?

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KXIP were initially led by Yuvraj Singh.

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