Sunday, May 6, 2018

Vivo IPL Live Score Rajasthan Royals Face Kings XI Punjab: RR Face KXIP In Must-Win Game

Vivo IPL Live Score Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals: KXIP will aim to bounce back to their winning ways when they take on bottom-placed RR.

KXIP will plan to bounce back to their winning ways when they take on bottom positioned Rajasthan Royals  at the Holkar Cricket Stadium. While KXIP is placed fourth with 5 wins and 3 loss and 10 points, the Ajinkya Rahane-led RR languishes at the bottom of the league points-table with just 3 wins from 8 games. With just 6 points in their kitty, RR is in a must-win position with the league just about past the midway point. Even though both teams have suffered 2 straight defeats each, KXIP have a better opportunity to book a play-off berth. KXIP batting mainly relies on opener Chris Gayle, who has collected 302 runs from just 5 games, averaging 100.66. Even in their last match against MI on Friday, when most of the kings XI Punjab batters failed to go huge, the self proclaimed 'Universe Boss' slammed a forty  ball fifty, laced with 6 boundaries and couple of sixes. In-form opener Lokesh Rahul, who faltered in the game against Mumbai Indians, has been in amazing form, gathering 292 runs from 8 games.


Rajasthan Royals                             VS                                     Kings XI Punjab
152/9 (20)                                                                    155/4 (18.4)

KXIP beat RR by 6 wickets

Rajasthan Royals

Kings XI Punjab

KXIP openers have been a major motive behind their success as the pair have handed a perfect start to their side on some occassions in this year's edition. Karun Nair has also been inspiring after 209 runs from 7 innings but veteran Yuvraj Singh, Aaron Finch and Mayank Agarwal are yet to build their presence felt in the middle-order. The trio's poor form could be a cause of concern for the team supervision and this is high time for them to approach with their best. In the bowling section, skipper Ravichandran Ashwin, along with medium-pacer Mohit Sharma add strength to the line-up. Also, pacers Barinder Sran and Andrew Tye, and Afghan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman shoulder the bulk of the liability. While Australian Tye has 10 wickets from 8 games with an economy of 7.90, pacer Ankit Rajpoot and Mujeeb Ur Rahman have 7 and 9 wickets each.

Vivo IPL Match 2018 Live updates of KXIP VS RR match, straight from Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore.

On the other hand, RR has experienced a topsy-turvy battle so far. With the Vivo IPL entering its business end, skipper Rahane will suppose his team to get their act together and plan for consistency. In their last match, Rajasthan Royals fell short against Delhi Daredevils by just 4 runs in a rain-affected tie. Rahane and Samson have been their outstanding batsmen this season but incompatible run of Ben Stokes and Jos Butler has affected their performance this IPL season. Along with the bowlers, young seamer Jofra Archer have done fine to claim 7 wickets from just 3 matches while this IPL costliest buy Jaydev Unadkat have also been amongst the wickets. Rajasthan Royals main concern will be the form of their spinners -- Shreyas Gopal and K. Gowtham -- who have so far failed to hunt as a duo. While Gopal has 6 wickets from 7 games, Gowtham has bagged 5 wickets from 8 matches. Rajasthan couldn't afford one more defeat from here as it would almost crush their dream of a play-off berth.

The squads:
Rajasthan Royals: Ben Stokes, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (Wicket-keeper), Rahul Tripathi, D Arcy Short, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jofra Archer, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Prashant Chopra, Sudhesan Midhun, Ben Laughlin, Mahipal Lomror, Aryaman Birla, Jatin Saxena, Dushmantha Chameera, Ajinkya Rahane(Captain), Heinrich Klaasen, Ish Sodhi.
Kings XI Punjab: Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul (Wicket-keeper), Chris Gayle, David Miller, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Ankit Rajpoot, Manoj Tiwary, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar.


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