The Indian Premier League rolls back into Jaipur on Wednesday when the Rajasthan Royals take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in what is a match between two sides who have a pair of wins to their name this season.
That means the winners of this one will elevates themselves away from the pack while the losers will need to put a run of form together in their upcoming matches if they are to get on terms with the sides chasing the top four.
After dropping their opening match in horrendous fashion against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, the Rajasthan Royals have rebounded with a couple of emphatic victories. Their first win came in a rain affected match against the Delhi Daredevils and then they handed out a bit of a towelling to the Royal Challengers in their last match.
Their batting prowess really came to the party in that match and that bodes well for them because they have the right mix in their bowling attack to be a real threat to any side in this competition when they put up a sufficient number of runs. There might actually be more to come from them with the ball too.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The former champions have played an extra match to their opponents in this game but have the same number of points as them so this is probably a bigger match for the visitors than it is for the home side. Kolkata go into the match off the back of an emphatic win over the Delhi Daredevils which made up for a tame loss to the Sunrisers at the weekend.
Kolkata have now put up 200 on a couple of occasions so when they click with the bat they are a top side but unfortunately for them their bowling has taken a couple of goings over and had Delhi not completely imploded it looked like they were going to concede another barrel load of runs. That is an issue that must be addressed.
With Jofra Archer getting close to being fit to feature and Heinrich Klaasen continually batting in the nets you would think the time for them to come into the side is not far away. Klaasen could come in here if the patience with D’Arcy Short has run out.
Kolkata Knight Riders are expected to be unchanged from their last outing although they have been rotating Mitchell Johnson and Tom Curran so far. If that rotation continues then it is the turn of Johnson to play.
We have two powerful batting line ups on show here on what is usually a good wicket to bat on so you would think we are going to get a high scoring game. With that in mind I’m again reluctant to get too involved in the match outcome although I am a fan of the Rajasthan Royals and I wouldn’t be surprised if they get home.
The bet I like comes in the form of the boundaries where the line looks high at 42.5 but I’m not so sure that it is high enough. In the only match here which was rain affected Rajasthan never really got on top with the bat but they still hit 17 boundaries in 153-5 from 17.5 overs. Both these sides have shown an aggressive intent with the bat and both have leaked over 175 with the ball so I expect the boundaries to flow on a good batting track with a lightning fast outfield.
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