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IPL Prediction for RR vs KX1P Match
Kings XI Punjab looks to stop Rajasthan Royals
Match 18: RR v KXIP
Date and Venue: 21st April 2015, Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad
Head to Head: Played 13 KXIP 5 RR 8
Rajasthan Royals has surprised one and all by winning five out of five games they have played and is placed firmly on the top of the charts. They look good to qualify for the playoffs and may well be the first team to do it.
The kind of wins they have managed till now in the tournament is encouraging for the management. The ease with which they have tromped the opposition has been the trademark of this team. Even the most consistent team of the IPL, Chennai Super Kings, found it difficult against the wittiness of Rajasthan Royals.
Facile win against CSK signalled the zone Rajasthan Royals is in as they completed an easy win by eight wickets. They were brilliant in every department. Bowling restricted the star CSK batting line up to a score of 156 runs with only four wickets down. MS Dhoni was 31 off 37 balls not out at the end of the innings.
The bowlers at their disposal performs the roles they needed to carry out. Opening the bowling with Ankit Sharma caught the opposition off guard as they priced out 3 overs out of him. They have as many as seven genuine bowling options.
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Also with the return of Shane Watson in their playing XI means they can afford to drop one bowler, in this case it was Tim Southee, as he can both bat and bowl. His return also benefitted the team at the top as Sanju Samson was unable to provide good starts. In his return game Watson hammered 73 off 47 balls. With their last year’s performers, Sanju Samson and Stuart Binny, yet to fire things are looking rosy for the Royals.
The Australian pedigree has certainly added flavor to this Rajasthan line up with Steve Smith and James Faulkner playing match winning hands already. Faulkner, who has performed at the international stage in the past one year, has not disappointed in the IPL.
Kings XI Punjab on the other hand has not been the same as they were the last year. In the four matches played, they managed to win just one game. The Maxwell and Miller magic, which propelled Kings XI last time, has disappeared. They have not managed to play the kind of innings they are known for.
The panic in the Punjab camp was palpable in the last game as they dropped David Miller to bring in Thisara Perera with Shaun Marsh already in the dug-out warming the bench. With Perera at number six their batting was not strong enough. They managed a below par 155 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders which they lost by four wickets. However, their bowlers managed to bring their team back into the game as they took five wickets for a score of 60 but it was a special innings by Andre Russell to which they lost.
Contrastingly, compared to last year the bowling has impressed one and all with Sandeep Sharma leading the attack with his pace and swing up front. Anureet Singh has complemented him well and has given away nothing.
They need to sort out their batting and with the bowling attack they have they can have an impact in the tournament.
Team News for RR vs KX1P:
Rajasthan Royals has no reason to change the squad with Shane Watson back in their squad and everyone else performing.
Rajasthan Royals (probable XI): 1. Ajinkya Rahane 2. Shane Watson 3. Steve Smith 4. Sanju Samson 5. Karun Nair 6. Deepak Hooda 7. James Faulkner 8. Stuart Binny 9. Chris Morris 10. Ankit Sharma 11. Pravin Tambe
Kings XI Punjab followed a bizarre tactic of dropping David Miller and replacing him with Thisara Perera. They might continue with Thisara Perera.
Kings XI Punjab (probable XI): 1. Virendra Sehwag 2. Murali Vijay 3. Wridhiman Saha 4. Glenn Maxwell 5. George Bailey 6. Thisara Perera 7. Gurkeerat Singh 8. Axar Patel 9. Mitchell Johnson 10. Anureet Singh 11. Sandeep Sharma
The Pitch Report for RR vs KX1P
Match is to be played at Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel stadium in Ahmedabad. Last match played here between CSK and RR was a day game and say the pitch slow in the first innings. But this match is night game and the pitch is expected to be the same.
The two matches played here saw scores of 165 and 156 runs and teams chasing has won on both the occasions. Pitch is generally good for batting.
RR vs KX1P Odds and Prediction
Rajasthan Royals is 1.87 to win the game and based on their form we expect them to be the favourites. In the match played between these two teams this season, Rajasthan won the game comfortably by 7 wickets.
However, this time we are backing Maxwell and co to come good and Kings XI Punjab to win the match.