About the Match
Rajasthan Royals are on a winning roll as occupy the topmost position on the table with 10 points from 5 matches and will go up against Kings XI Punjab, who have 2 points from 4 matches and are at the 6th position, on 21st April at Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad. IPL table toppers Rajasthan Royals will look to extend their five-match winning streak when they take on KXIP, who on the other hand have been inconsistent and have experienced both ups and downs. However, being runner up last year and their strong batting line-up definitely gives them a stronger edge; it needs to be seen if they can stop the Royals from winning this match on Tuesday.
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI suffered defeat by KKR by 4 wickets after the batsmen failed to defend 156; George Bailey amassed a well-constructed 60 off 45 while Glenn Maxwell played a breezy knock of 33. However, in the end, they paid the price for losing wickets at regular intervals. On the bowling front, Sandeep Sharma picked up 4-25 but the others failed to defend the total. They lost their third match against Delhi Daredevils by 5 wickets after losing Virender Sehwag, who posted 49 and Wriddhiman Saha, who joined hands to put up an enterprising partnership. Kings XI Punjab, have lost 3 matches so far with the batting being a huge let down. Virender Sehwag hasn’t lived up to the expectations while Murali Vijay hasn’t converted his starts into anything substantial; the punishing duo of Glenn Maxwell and David Miller haven’t turned up anything magical yet. The bowling has been clever but with not much support from batsmen, they haven’t found things going easy for them. However, they do have the strength and determination to make a comeback and win the upcoming match.
Rajasthan Royal registered their 5th successive win against Chennai Super Kings by 8 wickets as they chased down 157 within 18.2 overs. A fantastic unbeaten 76 from 55 by Rahane and Watson’s superb 73 off 47 helped Rajasthan register a comprehensive win. The batsmen played with conviction while the bowlers, Ankit Sharma, Chris Morris, Pravin Tambe and James Faulkner took a wicket each to restrict CSK to the modest total. Steven Smith has done a wonderful job of leading a bunch of talented players and will look to continue on their winning streak. They comfortably won against SRH by 6 wickets with Rahane posting 62 off 56. James Faulkner, Tim Southee and Chris Morris have combined well in the bowling department along with the experienced Pravin Tambe. Overall, with top-order performers like Rahane and Steven Smith, who have been the main contributors with the bat and youngsters like Deepak Hooda, who has impressed with a couple of match-turning knocks, the team looks well set to go all the way to the top.
Rajasthan Royals remain unbeaten and are on top of the table with their thunderous performance; they have a well-balanced unit of established batsmen and bowlers. On the other hand, KXIP needs to set things right and fight back with confidence. Although the match my go down to the wire, we feel that Rajasthan Royals yet again look good to win the upcoming match.
Rajasthan Royals, 1.90 @ TitanBet