IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals to face Punjab Kings XI

Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals (RR) will face Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in their opening match of Indian Premiere League 2019 on Monday to be played at Sawai Mansingh Stadium here.

While RR is raring to lift their second title this season, KXIP will be aiming to break the deadlock this season and bag their maiden IPL trophy.

The return of banned Australian player Steve Smith will be huge boost for the Rajasthan as their already strong batting line-up with Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson and Rahane gets stronger.

Kings XI Punjab also have a strong batting unit with a destructive top order comprising of Chris Gayle, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin will lead the bowling attack for KXIP.

Predicted Team

Rajasthan Royals: Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler(WK), Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tripathi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat

Kings XI: Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul (WK), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Ravi Ashwin(C), Sam Curran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Andrew Tye, Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammad Shami

The match will start at 8 pm and can be viewed on Star Sports Network. It can also be live streamed on Hotstar.

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