Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Preview: Need to focus again against KKR
The Rajasthan Royals have probably played one of the craziest matches in the history of the Indian Premier League, when they chased down 223 runs, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson and unbelievably scored 90 runs in the final five overs, by Rahul Teotia. Kings XI Punjab’s bowling was completely destroyed. To achieve the most incredible victory. But while all the hammers were going on, the size of Sharjah Stadium was a factor that always was. Now, they step into Dubai’s big ground and take on Kolkata Knight Riders, who have also registered a win, although a lot of flirting was made over Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Rajasthan seemed dead and buried against KXIP, despite fireworks from Smith and Samson, while initially waving Teotia found her boundary and also destroyed Sheldon Cottrell and the other bowlers.
At the same time, the KXIP bowlers sent some complete rubbish to help the RR cause.
But those attacks don’t happen every day, so the Royals will need to excuse and calm their eagerness upon meeting KKR. More because KKR IPL 2020 still has the definition of cool.
His victory over SRH can be considered the best, and at the top of the order were the paradigms of Shubman Gill, class and calm. But Gill’s batting has seen Nitish Rana and Eoin Morgan fluent, there is no question that Sunil Narine’s secret as an opener is no history.
The West Indies have been shown to be ruthless as an opener and captain Dinesh Karthik is also not very confident, so even a slight rig of batting may not be out of order.
For bowling, KKR actually fared better against SRH, as opposed to Rajasthan’s trial against KXIP.
Karthik used seven bowlers and Pat Cummins led the pack with superb bowling, restoring himself after the initial hesitation. All the others including Shivam Mavi and Kuldeep Yadav did their work efficiently.
In contrast, the RR bowlers faced the wrath of Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul, and then eventually towards Nicholas Pooran. Suffice it to say that Ankit Rajput was the most economical at 9.75.
This will serve everyone well given how the team has performed so far. The Rajasthan Royals will not be able to perform well, while KKR will also need to stay away from hostilities, when hostilities resume between the two sides on Wednesday.