RR VS KXIP – This article brings to you the preview, team news & top Funtasy picks for the 40th match of IPL 2018 between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab.
Kings XI Punjab got better of Rajasthan Royals in their own backyard on Sunday, winning the match by 6 wickets. The two teams will lock horns for the second time in three days, this time at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium tonight.
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Rajasthan Royals Team News
This will probably be their last chance for survival in the playoffs race. Having held the bottom spot in the points table for a while now, Rahane’s troops are still striving to deliver when it matters the most.
Their Big Names signings haven’t delivered the performances they were expected to in the tournament. Darcy Short hasn’t acclimatised to the Indian conditions as yet and so could be dropped for the upcoming contest against Punjab.
Either Heinrich Klaassen or Ben Laughlin are likely to replace the southpaw in the playing XI.
Playing XI (Last Match): Ajinkya Rahane (capt), Darcy Short, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), K Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Anureet Singh
Kings XI Punjab Team News
Apart from a sorted top order, Marcus Stoinis’ inclusion has further braced the batting line up for the Punjab based outfit. Manoj Tiwary is also a valuable asset in Punjab’s arsenal, though he hasn’t been exposed in the middle so far.
KL Rahul and Chris Gayle will be raring to provide yet another flying start at Jaipur’s flat deck. Ashwin wouldn’t mind playing the same combination against Rajasthan.
Playing XI (Last Match): KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Marcus Stoinis, Manoj Tiwary, R Ashwin (capt), Axar Patel, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew Tye
Top Funtasy Picks
Rajasthan Royals: Jofra Archer – The English seamer has been as accurate in the power play overs as he is at the death with his deadly yorkers. His battle with Gayle and Rahul will be worth watching out for.
Kings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle – The ‘Gayle Storm’ is lifting the waves this season and giving any description about the explosive hitter would be futile. Pick him straight up!
Punt Pick: Manoj Tiwary – The right-hander despite missing out on action thus far has enough resilience to score valuable runs in the middle order.