Kings XI Punjab will take on Rajasthan Royals match 48of DLF IPL 2012 at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali. Punjab have been the dark-horse of IPL 5 and have continuously created their way up, using it all place at the moment, thanks to the benefits in their last two matches. Meanwhile, Rajasthan’s challenge has gone in completely the other way after a stirring begin to the season.
Youngsters Mandeep Singh and Nitin Saini have been the discover for Punjab this season, having handled to provide their team strong begins as openers after skipper Adam Gilchrist got injured. Those allowed to the experience campaigner Aussies Marsh and Hussey to raise the run rate in the middle overs.
Rajasthan, however, were off to a nice beginning in this season by winning the first two games against Punjab and Kolkata on their house ground. But after that, their campaign went off track and is now at the crossroads having experienced three successive defeats.
Certainly, Rajasthan will aim to convert things around against the Punjab team, with skipper Rahul Dravid on the top, along with Ajinkya Rahane and Owais Shah. Rahane has been constant at the top of the order and holder of the orange Cap with 458 runs at a strike rate of 57.25. Moreover, with the comeback of Watson, their batting has been further increased.
Expected 11 playing today’s match:
Rajasthan Royals: Rahul Dravid (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Shane Watson, Owais Shah, Shreevats Goswami (wk), Ashok Menaria, Brad Hogg, Ankeet Chavan, Shaun Tait, Pankaj Singh, Amit Singh
Kings XI Punjab: Mandeep Singh, Nitin Saini, Shaun Marsh, David Hussey(capt), Azhar Mahmood, Bipul Sharma, Ryan Harris, Piyush Chawla,Praveen Kumar,Parwinder Awana, Bhargav Bhatt
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