The Royals have a new colour, a new jersey and some new faces too, as the pinks look to get their journey in the twelfth edition of the celebrated tournament off to a winning start. While the Armed with aspirations and a younger squad, Kings XI Punjab is also looking for the victorious opening campaign at the Pink City as the Kings(Shers) head to Jaipur with the aim to paint the city KXIP red.
In a tournament like the IPL, getting off to a good start is an integral part for any team as it helps build the fruitful momentum for the team, easing the qualification pressures in the process. Therefore, KXIP would be hoping for a good start of KL Rahul and the in-form Universe Boss Chris Gayle, along with a tight bowling performance from the likes of Ashwin and Mujeeb to stay on top of the game. Playing on a ground that hasn’t been very successful for the Kings, it is necessary that all their big guns fire to get the team across the line and build momentum.
For Rajasthan, playing at home and having a full squad available for selection will be the greatest advantages, with former captain Steve Smith returning to the team. However, they would be guarded against this young and extremely unpredictable Kings XI Punjab side who are well and truly capable of springing up a surprise.
The Indian Premier League Season 12 (IPL 2019) will be broadcast live in eight languages, including Hindi and English, across nearly twenty Star India Network screens –
Tamil: Star Sports Tamil (All match days); and Vijay Super SD for the Opening, Closing ceremonies and live matches on all Sundays.
Telugu: Star Sports Telugu (All match days); and Maa Movies SD and HD for the Opening, Closing ceremonies and live matches on all Sundays.
Kannada: Star Sports Kannada (All match days); and Star Suvarna SD and HD for the Opening, Closing ceremonies and live matches on all Sundays.
Bengali: Star Sports Bangla (All match days); and Jalsha Movies SD and HD for the Opening, Closing ceremonies and live matches on all Sundays.
Marathi: Star Pravah SD and HD for the Opening, Closing ceremonies and live matches on all Sundays.
The match will also be streamed live on Star’s OTT platform Hotstar.
The match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur will start at 8 pm
Rajasthan Royals Squad: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Dhawal Kulkarni, Stuart Binny, Steven Smith, Jos Buttler, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Manan Vohra, Prashant Chopra, Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rahul Tripathi, Shreyas Gopal, Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Shubham Ranjane, Oshane Thomas, Jofra Archer, Riyan Parag, Aryaman Birla, Sudhesan Midhun
Kings XI Punjab Squad: Chris Gayle, Moises Henriques, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul, Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Hardus Viljoen, Andrew Tye, Sam Curran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Agnivesh Ayachi, Darshan Nalkande, Varun Chakravarthy, Arshdeep Singh, Simran Singh, Harpreet Brar
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