Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders Preview: Rampaging Royals Must Refocus Against KKR


Rajasthan Royals have probably played one of the most insane games in Indian Premier League history chasing 223 runs and skipping 90 runs in the last five as Steve Smith, Sanju Samson and unbelievably, Rahul Tewatia absolutely destroyed the Kings XI Punjab Bowling To Score The Most Incredible Win. But while all the hammering was going on, the size of the Sharjah stadium was a factor that was always there. Now they are moving to the much larger Dubai site and taking on Kolkata Knight Riders, who have also had a win of their own, albeit much more calmly, at SunRisers Hyderabad.

Rajasthan looked dead and buried against KXIP, despite the fireworks from Smith and Samson, before initially floundering Tewatia found its reach and destroyed Sheldon Cottrell and the other bowlers as well.

At the same time, the KXIP bowlers sent some absolute bullshit to help RR’s cause.

But those attacks don’t happen every day, so Royals will have to let go of their euphoria and calm down when they meet KKR. All the more because KKR has been the definition of calm in IPL 2020 so far.

Their win over SRH can best be described as easy, and Shubman Gill at the top of the order was the epitome of class and composure. But while the punching in Gill, Nitish Rana, and Eoin Morgan looked fluid, there’s no question that Sunil Narine’s mystique as an opener isn’t history.

The West Indian has been brutally shown as an opener and skipper Dinesh Karthik isn’t all that convincing either, so a little re-jig of the batting might not be out of place.

As for bowling, KKR actually fared much better against SRH than against Rajasthan’s trials against KXIP.

Karthik used a whopping seven bowlers and Pat Cummins led the pack with a great bowling, which recovered after the initial hesitant showing. Everything else, including Shivam Mavi and Kuldeep Yadav, did their job efficiently.


In contrast, the RR bowlers faced the wrath of Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul, then Nicholas Pooran towards the end. Suffice it to say that Ankit Rajpoot was the most thrifty at 9.75.

It would do everyone good not to get too carried away with how the teams have fared so far. Rajasthan Royals will do well not to get carried away, while also KKR should stay away from complacency when hostilities resume on Wednesday for both sides.

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