About the Match
With the IPL action underway, teams are gearing up to come out all guns blazing and will be eager to start their campaign on a winning note; the third match of this edition will see Kings XI take on the Royals on 10th April at Pune. While the Kings finished as runners-up last year and will fight tooth and nail to do one better this time, the Royals have gathered the best of match-winners to give their side the competitive edge here. The contest will surely be a tough one with fireworks all through the game and the team that can execute its strategy to perfection will emerge victorious on Friday.
Kings XI Punjab
With hard-hitters like Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag, David Miller and the captain George Bailey himself, the batting line-up is looking very strong; coupled with established batsmen like Murali Vijay, Thisara Perera, Shaun Marsh and Wriddhiman Saha, the team can definitely have no problems in getting the big runs. On the bowling front, they have speedster Mitchell Johnson, wicket-takers Axar Patel, Rishi Dhawan, Shardul Thakur and Sandeep Sharma. Beuran Hendricks, Perera, Karanveer Singh, Manan Vohra and others like Awan and Gurkeerat Singh Mann will bring their all-rounder skills to the fore and Bailey will definitely use the resources at hand to get the maximum edge against the opponents. The youngsters in the team have been waiting eagerly to showcase their talents in the much-awaited cricketing feast and if they can step up to deliver the best they have, this team will be the one to watch out for in the coming matches.
Their last season started with strong performances but the steam fizzled out during the knockouts; this time although they don’t have a home turf, the players are excited about the fan support they have thanks to a star-studded team that comprises of players like Steven Smith, James Faulkner, Shane Watson, Ajinkya Rahane and Tim Southee. The batting line-up looks steady with youngsters like Sanju Samson, Karun Nair and Stuart Binny who have been performing well recently in the domestic circuit and have proven themselves time and again in crunch situations. They will need to be consistent throughout the tournament unlike last year when they were on spree winning in the beginning with six wins out of nine games but failed to qualify for the top four positions. The bowlers consist of Juan Theron, Chris Morris, Rajat Bhatia, Dhawal Kulkarni, Faulkner, Pravin Tambe and young talent like Dinesh Salunkhe and Pardeep Sahu. The players will definitely grab this opportunity to let their skills to the talking all the way through; if they can stay focused on the goal, the Royals have the right combination to become a formidable force to reckon with this season.
It’ll definitely be a close call on Friday as Kings XI and Royals battle it out with all the resources at hand; both teams are equally matched in terms of the right combination of batsmen and bowlers but it will all come down to which of them clicks with a strong performance in the middle. Although the Royals will put up a good fight on Friday, we feel that Kings from Punjab will be one step ahead and clinch the victory in their first match.
Kings Xi Punjab, 1.50 @ TitanBet