It is going to be interesting to see how the two teams respond to each other. © BCCI
Remember what happened when Kings XI Punjab faced Rajasthan Royals last time? Ravichandran Ashwin mankaded Jos Buttler and it turned out to be the biggest talking point in the IPL 2019. The move helped KXIP to open their campaign with a win, while RR were hit mentally as they went on to lose their next two games as well.
That incident has played its role for both the teams as Ashwin and Co. have rode their luck a bit to come out on top in some encounters, whereas the Rahane-led side have lost some close matches. However, it is Rajasthan who come into this fixture with a win on their back, having beaten Mumbai Indians.
The two sides have shuffled around their squads and are still searching for the perfect combination. Ashwin sometimes has gone horses for courses and Rahane had to change his XI because of 5 losses in the first six games. Expect there to be some changes today as well.
PS: We will keep an eye on the batsmen at the non-striker’s end.