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Rajasthan Royals had begun the tournament with back-to-back convincing wins but were pegged back a bit after their humiliating loss to Pune © AFP (File Pic)

Jaipur: Apr 14, 2013

Rajasthan Royals take on the Kings XI Punjab in the 18th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 Twenty20 tournament at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Sunday.

Rahul Dravid and his men will first have to put the loss to Pune behind and look for a fresh start against Punjab.

The team selection will surely be a brainstorming exercise for the hosts because of the fitness of the likes of Shane Watson, Shaun Tait and Rahul Shukla and the resurfacing of the ‘slap gate’ controversy, which might have affected medium pacer S Sreesanth, who tweeted 44 times in a two-hour span yesterday, PTI reported.

This could have a bearing on the selection of the playing XI.

Rajasthan Royals had begun the tournament with back-to-back convincing wins but were pegged back a bit after their humiliating loss to Pune, who had broken their eleven-match losing streak with a seven-wicket victory.

Kings XI Punjab, who have one victory and a loss in their two outings, are short on confidence after their humiliating 10-wicket loss to Chennai Super Kings.

They had started with an eight-wicket thumping of Pune and would be hoping to get their act right.

They have a couple of promising youngsters in Sandeep Sharma and Manan Vohra, both of whom were part of the India Under-19 team, apart from left-arm medium pacer Aniket Choudhary, the report added.

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