One team has struggled so far and other has survived some close encounters. Who will come out stronger in today’s match??
Let’s have a look at some key battles for the match.
Not many times you witness a player holding an Orange cap and his team struggling to win matches. That’s how the journey has been for Rahul and KXIP. They are yet to find that correct line-up and Rahul badly needs support from the struggling middle order. Pat Cummins has not taken many wickets so far, but he has made justice to his new role in the team. He bowls during the middle overs thereby not giving away runs and keeping it tight for the opposition. Although he would want to take more wickets as well and deliver for his team in the coming matches.
When Pooran played ahead of Gayle, everyone questioned this decision. But Pooran has been the only stable batsmen in that struggling KXIP middle order. In the last match, he hit the fastest 50 of this year. Pooran looks in great form and he would want to win matches for his team. Shivam Mavi has been the great find for this season. Although he has been with KKR for a few years but has finally arrived at the party this time around. He has taken 5 wickets so far and most importantly he has taken the important wickets of the opposition. KKR would except this young lad to continue his form and drill into that weak KXIP middle order.
This has been a wonderful season for anyone who’s name has Rahul in it. But this Rahul has been a successful player in past seasons as well when he opened for RPS. Due to lack of opportunities, he has been off the team but with his last 2 performances, Rahul has cemented his place as the opener for the side. Bishnoi was the bowler that everyone was very excited about. He came in with a reputation and with his performances he has raised his own standards. Having 7 wickets so far with an economy of just over 8, this young bowler has had a great season so far. If KXIP fancies their chances of winning matches, then Bishnoi would be expected to continue his performances.
Rana has got starts in the few matches but has failed miserably to convert them into a big inning. KKR’s number 3 was expected to score heavy runs for the team but Rana has not found his touch. Going ahead KKR would want him to take the onus of leading the batting lineup. Mujeeb was their lead bowler in last season but he was kept out of the side in the first 5 matches. He played in their last match but didn’t take any wicket. KXIP would back their star bowler to lead from the front and take wickets for them.