4th match of IPL 2019 : RR vs KXIP
The first match of KXIP in IPL 2019 is against RR in Jaipur. Ravichandran Ashwin led Kings XI punjab in previous season and he will continue to lead in this season also. In previous season, they won 6 out of 7 starting matches but lost consecutively the later 7 matches and could not qualify for play off. In this IPL auction they bought spinner Varun Chakravarthy but it will be interesting to see how KXIP will use him as they already have 2 world class spinners – Ravichandran Ashwin and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
As opening batsman Kings XI punjab have Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. In previous season of IPL, it was seen that KXIP is extremely dependent on their openers. If their openers did not performed well then the whole middle order also fell down. If Kings XI punjab wants to perform good in this IPL then their middle order has to perform good. In previous season of IPL their middle order did not performed well. They tried many options in middle order but none of them succeeded.
To provide stability in their middle order they have bought west inidan wicket keeper batsman Nicolas Pooran. He has performed really well in past year Caribbean league an T10 league. They have also bought all rounders Sam Curran and Moises Henriques. In spin bowling they have two world class spinners Sam Curran and Mujeeb Ur Rahman. They have also bought Murgan Ashwin and Varun Chakravarthy this year. In previous season Australian fast bolwer Andrew Tye performed fabulously well and picked most wickets for KXIP. His variation in bowling has helped Kings XI punjab in death overs of match.
Possible playing XI of KXIP:-
1)Chris Gayle 2) KL Rahul 3) Mayank Agarwal / Mandeep Singh 4) Karun Nayyar 5) Nicolas Pooran 6) Moises Henriques 7) Ravi Chandran Ashwin 8) Mujeeb ur Rahman 9) Andrew Tye 10) Mohammed Shami 11) Ankit Rajpoot.