Kings XI Punjab will face Rajasthan Royals in match number 38 of the Indian Premier League 2018 at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. Punjab have been having an up and downtime. However, with 10 points from eight games, they are still in the hunt for the playoffs. Rajasthan Royals, on the other hand, with three wins from as many games, are reaching the point from where they might need to win every match to qualify.
Punjab have struggled of late as their overdependence on Chris Gayle and KL Rahul has come to haunt them. The middle order has just not been up to the mark. Karun Nair to an extent has done well. The rest have been utterly disappointing. Mayank Agarwal, Yuvraj Singh and Aaron Finch have all failed to make an impression.
Punjab also need to have a look at their bowling as they couldn’t defend 175 against Mumbai. The fact that Axar Patel bowled just one over against Mumbai was surprising. Overall, they just couldn’t make an impression. The team think tank will have to sit and think about the likes of Marcus Stoinis, who went for quite a lot.
CN’s Dream XI for Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals: Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Andrew Tye, Karun Nair, Axar Patel, Lokesh Rahul (W), Ankit Rajpoot, Pradeep Sahu, Marcus Stoinis
Rajasthan just haven’t been in any kind of momentum this season. Skipper Ajinkya Rahane has got runs, but he has never been the quickest. Ben Stokes and Jaydev Unadkat, two of the biggest buys at the auction this year, have proved to be very expensive for the side. Stokes hasn’t been the all-rounder he was supposed to be while Unadkat has hardly anything to show with the ball.
Sanju Samson has done well for the team in parts, and one of the wins can be attributed to the individual brilliance of K Gowtham. That apart, they don’t have much to show. Jofra has stood out with the ball though. With seven wickets in three games, he has proved to be far more effective than the rest.
CN’s Dream XI for Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab: Ajinkya Rahane (C), Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler (W), Shreyas Gopal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ben Laughlin, Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Jaydev Unadkat