Published: Wed, May 09, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals Vs Kings XI Punjab Match Preview, Prediction

IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals Vs Kings XI Punjab Match Preview, Prediction

In this match at Jaipur's Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Rajasthan opener Jos Buttler played an important innings of 82 runs while batting brilliantly. As a result of IPL's not-so-perfect scheduling, Kings XI Punjab will face Rajasthan Royals tonight - a team that they faced on Sunday just last weekend.

While, Gayle has 310 runs in six innings with three fifties and a century, Rahul has managed 376 runs from nine innings. Despite a bad start, Robin Uthappa (54), Nitish Rana (31) and Dinesh Karthik (36*) took the game deep but left it too late to win.

Ever since he was promoted to the top of the order, the England wicketkeeper-batsman responded with knocks of 67 and 51 against Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab, respectively, and here, it was no different as he started off in aggressive fashion. However, they scored only 71 runs in the last ten overs.

The dream start was provided by Krishnappa Gowtham as the off-spinner sent back the risky Chris Gayle with the first ball of the third over. For some reason, R Ashwin made a decision to promote himself to number three but the KXIP skipper was beaten by a brilliant off-spinner from Gowtham, who had two wickets in the space of three balls.

Jofra Archer then got into the act as he had Karun Nair hitting one high in the air for Jaidev Unadkat to complete a well-judged catch. Also, Short might get replaced with Heinrich Klaasen as the former was not able to perform up to his name. The pitch was slow and offering turn which the home spinners, led by Gowtham, took full advantage of.

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They will remain third in the points table and still have a bright chance of making it to the play-offs but KXIP's batting woes should given Ashwin and team director Virender Sehwag some sleepless nights.

2- KXIP bowler Mujeeb Ur Rahman (3/27) on Sunday came up with his best T20 figures against Rajasthan. KXIP, on the other end, will look to fix a few leaks in their middle order and will hope to come off even stronger than before. Tye drew the first blood for Punjab as his knuckle ball played the trick to dismiss opener Ajinkya Rahane (9) in the fourth over.

Kings XI Punjab (143-7) fail to chase down a moderate total to lose against Rajasthan Royals (158-8) by 15 runs as KL Rahul (95*) carries his bat again. In the bowling department, Afghan's Mujeeb Ur Rahman has been impressive so far.

Ajinkya Rahane won the toss and in a decision that proved to be crucial in the context of the game, chose to bat first on a tricky surface.

Samson brought up the fifty partnership by playing Ashwin for another boundary, but Mujeeb struck for Kings XI Punjab when he had the batsman who struggled to play freely during his 18-ball stay in the middle.

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