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Ajinkya Rahane has won the toss and Rajasthan Royals (RR) have opted to field in this important Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) fixture against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium’s IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Tuesday.

This match has gained much more prominence after what happened in the reverse fixture when KXIP captain Ravichandran Ashwin ‘mankaded’ Jos Buttler that triggered a massive batting collapse at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur to kick-start Punjab’s winning start to the IPL 2019 campaign.

The visitors Rajasthan Royals have made three changes – noteworthy among them is the omission of Steve Smith, who has managed to score only 186 runs in seven matches for Rajasthan. He was replaced by fellow Australian Ashton Turner, who will make his IPL debut. Rajasthan made two more changes, bringing in Stuart Binny and Ish Sodhi.

For Punjab, Australian allrounder Moises Henriques was set to make his debut, but he injured himself just a few minutes before the toss. Andrew Tye has replaced him. The home side however have handed debut to Arshdeep Singh. (LIVE, Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals: SCORECARD)

Here are the playing XIs of both the sides

Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran(w), Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Murugan Ashwin, Andrew Tye, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Ajinkya Rahane(c), Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson(w), Rahul Tripathi, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Dhawal Kulkarni, Ish Sodhi

Captains have their say at the toss

Ravichandran Ashwin: “We were looking to field first as well. We are playing three spinners so probably we want to make the most use of dry conditions. There has been quite a cloud cover throughout the day, hopefully there is no dew. We have David Miller back in place of Sam Curran. It’s one of those stages where you got to gain some momentum.” (ALSO READ: It’s unfortunate that my father’s name has been tainted: Vinoo Mankad’s son)

Ajinkya Rahane: “We’ll look to bowl first. It’s a dry wicket and on this ground chasing teams always win. What is important is playing good cricket throughout 40 overs and start fresh. It’s a funny format so you need to give your best. Three changes as Ashton Turner comes in. It was a good victory against Mumbai, we did really well. Only four overseas can play in IPL, hence it’s a difficult choice to make.”