KXIP vs RPS Match Preview: The Rising Pune Supergiant started their quest for the title with a win over the Mumbai Indians and the Pune-based franchise will surely look to double their points. They take on the Kings XI Punjab at the Holkar Stadium, Indore on the 8th of April. Steve Smith the newly appointed chief hasn’t put a foot wrong since he’s arrived in India this summer and with the squad he’s assembled this year, a finish beyond the top 2 would be considered a disappointment.
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With an elite bunch of batsmen at the top the order and with the quality of form most of them are in, RPS can torment any bowling attack in the league. To keep a check on their run-rate definitely will be a daunting ask. An example of the team’s hitting prowess was seen in their opening game and the top 7 are likely to remain the same. Ajinkya Rahane and Mayank Agarwal will be the openers, Smith at number 3, Mahendra Singh Dhoni should definitely promote himself up the order with Ben Stokes and Manoj Tiwari to follow. Rajat Bhatia has been the dark horse for all the franchises he has represented. The all-rounder from Delhi has a decent tally of 69 wickets in 92 games with a more than
Ajinkya Rahane and Mayank Agarwal will be the openers, Smith at number 3, Mahendra Singh Dhoni should definitely promote himself up the order with Ben Stokes and Manoj Tiwari to follow. Rajat Bhatia has been the dark horse for all the franchises he has represented. The all-rounder from Delhi has a decent tally of 69 wickets in 92 games with a more than handy economy rate of 7.39. He’ll play a major role in the upcoming matches and can prove to be an integral cog in the RPS unit.
The pacers, Ashok Dinda and Deepak Chahar had a pale outing in the first game; the former conceded 30 in the final over, while the latter didn’t finish his full quota of overs. Jaydev Unadkat , the left arm pacer might find a place in the starting eleven and to share the new ball, the Supergiant think tank might introduce the pacy Varun Aaron.
Kings XI Punjab have never won the IPL, a record they wouldn’t be proud of and had a sorry outing the last time they participated. As many as 8 players were bought by the Kings XI in the auction this year. Eoin Morgan, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry and Darren Sammy the 4 internationals were added to the squad. T. Natarajan, the find of the Tamil Nadu premier league was acquired for Rs. 3 crores(30 times more than his base price).
The left-arm pacer has the ability to bowl lethal yorkers at decent velocities. Varun Aaron, who was released by the Royal Challengers did manage to sneak into the Kings XI squad. The Kings XI also brought in the unsold Ishant Sharma as a replacement for the injured Murali Vijay. Vijay suffered a shoulder injury and will be out for the entire tournament.
A strong batting line, with decent Indian talent, the squad looks nicely balanced. Manan Vohra and Glenn Maxwell are the likely duo the commence the innings. Eoin Morgan, Wriddhiman Saha and David Miller will make the middle order. The hard hitting Marcus Stoinis is an automatic pick followed by Axar Patel. The pacers T. Natarajan and Mohit Sharma are default picks, while the likes of Sandeep Sharma, Varun Aaron, Ishant Sharma and Shardul Thakur have to demonstrate their A-game to find a spot in the starting eleven.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR: BEN STOKES (RPS), DAVID MILLER (KXIP)
BEN STOKES: Ever since he’d made his debut in International cricket, Stokes has impressed the majority of cricket admirers. A stunning catch, a miserly over with a wicket or two and a quick fire 50, stokes has the ability to do it all. Stokes averages 22.68 in T20s with an impressive 134.26 per hundred balls. He did show glimpses of what he can manufacture in the previous game but much more is expected of him and the southpaw is a giant force to reckon with.
DAVID MILLER: “If it’s in my arc, it’s out of the park” is one famous quote we remember Miller for. A powerhouse when it comes to hitting colossal sixes, Miller has been a consistent performer in the previous editions. Last year though, wasn’t the best for him as he managed only 161 runs in 14 games. Miller has scored 1480 runs in 61 games at 36.09 so far in IPL cricket and strikes at 144.39.
KXIP vs RPS Match Prediction:
Glenn Maxwell has never captained any side, be it domestic or international. In a league as fast paced as the IPL, this might prove to be a little tricky. The Kings XI have the firepower to thump any opponent but they’ll be up against an efficient eleven. 7 out of the 10 games have been by the team batting first at Indore. Both the teams have formidable batting line-ups but RPS looks the more settled one and with Imran Tahir and Adam Zampa in their ranks, RPS is likely to come out victorious in this tie.
KXIP vs RPS Who will Win?
PROBABLE PLAYING XI (RPS): Ajinkya Rahane, Mayank Agarwal, Steve Smith(c), Mahendra Singh Dhoni(wk), Ben Stokes, Manoj Tiwari, Rajat Bhatia, Jaydev Unadkat/Ishwar Pandey, Adam Zampa, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir.
PROBABLE PLAYING XI(KXIP): Manan Vohra, Glenn Maxwell(c), Eoin Morgan, Wriddhiman Saha, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Kc Cariappa, Sandeep Sharma/Varun Aaron, Mohit Sharma, T. Natarajan.
KXIP vs RPS Dream 11 Team Prediction