Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab: Steve Smith needs KL Rahul and his team plan
Exactly how the knock of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) captain KL Rahul upset his rival Rajasthan Royals (RR) captain Steve Smith for the next game, but the inning did not take effect at that time. By Australian. While it would be a bit optimistic to assume that Rahul can do this every day, at least KXIP is going to be a challenge, and RR will definitely need to be at the top of his game to be able to compete . He himself turned out well against Chennai Super Kings, scoring over 200, but this is not a daily affair, though he would have liked it.
The Rajasthan Royals actually controlled CSK in their previous game. Smith turned out well and Sanju Samson once again shook his head as to why he does not play for India.
The Kerala wicket-keeper batsman was in crazy mode – he scored 74 off 32 balls with nine sixes at a strike rate of 231.25!
After that Joffra Archer devastated Death Bowling.
The bowling set a target of 200 runs, but by the time MS Dhoni started his attack, the match was largely over, so little could be made for the bowlers.
Rahul Tewatia impressed, but got some help from the batsmen. Archer can drown at times while Tom Curren is always competitive. Jaydev Unadkat remains the eternal mystery of IPL cricket.
Complaints about KXIP will be very few. After a heartbreak against the Delhi Capitals, a match that they should have won, Rahul decided to lead and although RCB captain Virat Kohli had some larges, Rahul deserved his century.
When the batting side gets just 109 runs, bowling always looks good. But in the true sense, Mohammed Shami is alright and Sheldon Cottrell used his left hand very effectively.
There are no complaints about the spinners – Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin and even Glenn Maxwell, so it all looks good for now.
Smith, Samson and the rest of RR batsmen, however, can say something about it.
With both batting in fine display, the bowlers will be challenged, especially at the stamp-size Sharjah ground. It promises to be another hammer-fest and whoever warms the most will win.