IPL 2015: 18th match – Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab, April 21, 2015

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18th match - Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab, April 21, 2015

  • Kings XI Punjab (49% Votes)
  • Rajasthan Royals (51% Votes)

IPL2014: 7th match – Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab, April 20, 2014

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Both teams registered wins in their previous matches; while RR picked up their first set of points by outclassing the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab cantered to a convincing six-wicket victory over the Chennai Super Kings in a chase of 206. In a team that does not have too many explosive players at the top of the order, it is important that their skipper, Shane Watson, bats in the top three. The likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Abhishek Nayar and Sanju Samson can help build an innings, but it is critical that someone like Watson bats higher up the order to set the impetus. What our expert think about the game? Read on...

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PunterPolls Prediction – Match 18: Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab at Jaipur, 14 April

Rajasthan face Kings XI pace challenge | PunterPolls Prediction

With fitness concerns to key players and a controversy dredged up from the past, Rajasthan Royals have a lot on their plate as they take on Kings XI Punjab on Sunday. Both teams were beaten convincingly in their last game and while they may seem evenly miatched, Kings XI hold a slender advantage over Royals.

If their dismal bowling against Pune Warriors is anything to go by, Royals missed Rahul Shukla and Shaun Tait and, on a home track that had pace and carry in its first game, the absence will be more acute. James Faulkner bowled well against Warriors but it is Sreesanth's inconsistency that will worry Royals. Moreover, the fast-paced wicket in Jaipur will favour the Kings XI bowlers, with their line-up of Praveen Kumar, Ryan Harris, Azhar Mahmood and Parvinder Awana. They stifled Warriors in the first game and on a responsive pitch, with their varying styles, can be an effective attack.

Their collapse in the last game aside, Royals have a relatively settled look to their batting line-up. Rahul Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane, Brad Hodge and Stuart Binny have been among the runs, making up for the absence of a big-hitter. Their most significant weaknesses are the opening combination - in three games, their highest opening stand is 22, between Rahane and Kusal Perera - and the tendency to lose wickets in clusters towards the end, as was evident against Warriors. With two important bowlers missing from their ranks and Shane Watson injured - though Owais Shah said on the eve of the game that they should have a fully-fit squad to pick from come match day* - they will need to post a substantial total to challenge the Kings XI batsmen Adam Gilchrist, David Hussey, Mandeep Singh and Manan Vohra.

PunterPolls Prediction

Rajasthan is one team who always creats doubt in our experts mind, and if they are playing against the Kings XI or Pune Warriors, situation is more difficult. Rajasthan playing at their homeground does have extra advantage, moreover they have shown better performace so far in the tournament. But in this particular match our experts are in favour of Kings XI punjab.

Kings XI have got a flyer start against the CSK in Chennai and if they will be able to repeat that performance they will be right at the top of this particular game.

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Match 18: Royals v Kings XI, 14 April

  • Kings XI Punjab (40% Votes)
  • Rajasthan Royals (60% Votes)