Kings XI Punjab, one of the best teams with consistency till the end in 2014 IPL season with their iconic owner actress Preity Zinta, will stage a return to 2015 IPL season today taking on the Rajasthan Royals at the MCA International Stadium, Pune.
The Match 3 in IPL 2015 will start at 8 PM IST and both teams known for their foreign captains — Shane Watson of Rajasthan Royals and George Bailey of Kings XI Punjab will vie for the option to bat or bowl first today.
Where to Watch Live
The third match today between Punjab and Rajasthan teams will start at 8 pm IST (3.30 pm BST, 10.30 am ET) and the live broadcast is is available in five languages in India on Sony Six (English), Sony Max (Hindi), Sony Kix (Tamil and Telugu) and Sony Aath (Bengali). For those online, free live streaming will be available at HotStar.
For UK cricket lovers of IPL, it is on Sky Sports, while the online live streaming will be available at Sky Go and Watch Sky Sports. Viewers in the Gulf or the Middle East can catch it on OSN TV channel, while those who want to watch the live-streaming can access the match on OSN website at OSN Play.
Elsewhere in the US, cricket fans, mostly Indians can tune in to ESPN or ESPN Cricket and those in Canada can watch the match on Sportsnet, while the online live streaming is available at Sportsnet World.
IPL broadcasting TV channels:
|Indian Sub Continent||Sony Max & Six|
|Middle East & North Africa||OSN Cricket|
|South Africa & Sub-Saharan Africa||SuperSport|
|UK & Europe||Sky Sports|
|HongKong||Now TV (PCCW)|
|Singapore||StarHub & Singtel|
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The Punjab team finished on top of the standings last year and finished second-best to KKR and with no major changes in their squad, they are likely to continue their streak batting and chasing runs with other seven teams in the IPL 8.
Australian batsman Glenn Maxwell in Kings XI Punjab showed a superb performance to reckon with in the last season earning reputation as the most dangerous cricketer in the world now. His variety of strokes and twists to any ball to land it in the boundary mesemerised many last season. No corner of the stadium will be left ungaurded, if he is batting. In IPL 2014, he remained in the top with 36 hits above the fence.
among Indian players in the Punjab team, Virender Sehwag will take the team off to a quick start while Mitchell Johnson is likely to set the Rajasthan Royals on the run for cover. For once, they will not start today’s match as underdogs but a team to reckon with for the top ranking.
The Rajasthan Royals are no longer in the down but they missed the Playoffs last year by very narrow margins giving a tough fight to every known strong team in IPL 2014. This year, armed with three World Cup winners – skipper Shane Watson, Steve Smith and James Faulkner – RR team is upbeat to showcase its prowess tonight in Pune.
The team’s mentor Rahul Dravid said, “We have a good team. It is well balanced. We have batsmen batting as low as No. 7 and 8. We have all-rounders in the line-up like James Faulkner, Shane Watson. We also have Dhawal Kulkarni in the team. So we have a balanced team.”
When asked about the team’s batting order, Watson declined to reveal saying, “It’s something I will sit and talk with everyone, the coaching staff and the group and do what works well for us. I have my own thoughts and let the other guys share theirs as well. We will try and get the best results. We are incredibly lucky to have some of the best batsmen in our squad.”
Shane Watson, however, said the Australians in the team will be under pressure to match the expectations of the fans. “It’s just very exciting. In the squad that we have got this IPL season, we have match-winners all the way, more than in the past. We have world-class match-winners as well.”
Steve Smith is fast emerging confident after accumulating 1651 runs in 23 innings across all formats of international cricket with a very high average of 91.72. Among Indian players, the team can boast of Ajinkya Rahane, the 26-year-old master blaster in chasing quick runs or otherwise.
Today’s contest between Kings XI Punjab’s Mitchell Johnson and the Rajasthan Royals’ Shane Watson and Steve Smith cannot be missed as they bring in the world cup spirit on to Pune grounds.
Kings XI Punjab won over the Rajasthan Royals on both occasions in IPL 2014, RR still have a better overall record in meetings winning 8 of their 13 matches against KXIP.
George Bailey set a record as KXIP captain, leading the team to 12 wins in 17 matches.
Of 17 IPL matches played at the MCA International Stadium in Pune, 11 matches have gone in favour of the team batting first.
Rajasthan Royals’ Pravin Tambe is the oldest player in the team at 43 years and 184 days old.
Prediction: The Kings XI Punjab may win today’s match backed by the team’s strategist captain George Bailey, backed by the presence of its owner Preity Zinta who never missed a chance to sit in the box and cheer the team. But Rajasthan Royals will make it not so easy to overwhelm them tonight.
KINGS XI PUNJAB: George Bailey (C), Axar Patel, Anureet Singh, Beuran Hendricks, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Karanveer Singh, Manan Vohra, Mitchell Johnson, Parvinder Awana, Rishi Dhawan, Sandeep Sharma, Shardul Thakur, Shaun Marsh, Shivam Sharma, Thisara Perera, Virender Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha (W), Murali Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Yogesh Golwalkar.
RAJASTHAN ROYALS: Shane Watson (C), Stuart Binny, James Faulkner, Ajinkya Rahane, Sanju Samson (W), Steve Smith, Rajat Bhatia, Tim Southee, Dhawal Kulkarni, Abhishek Nayar, Kane Richardson, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Deepak Hooda, Dishant Yagnik, Vikramjeet Malik, Ankit Sharma, Rahul Tewatia, Pravin Tambe, Chris Morris, Dinesh Salunkhe, Juan Theron, Pradeep Sahu, Barinder Saran, Sagar Trivedi.