The Rajasthan Royals host the Kings XI Punjab in what is touted to be the perennial underperformers taking on each other. Both teams have a strong set of players that very well can set the IPL alight.
Rajasthan Royals and the Kings XI Punjab have been underwhelming over the last few Seasons. The Rajasthan Royals barely made the playoffs last Season and the Kings XI Punjab started well last Season only to derail towards the end of the Season. Both teams don’t have the weight of expectations on them but certainly have the potential to be good world class teams. Here are some of the Player battles you should look out for.
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Chris Gayle vs Jofra Archer: The Battle up top
Many had ruled Chris Gayle out last Season and claimed that the ‘Universe Boss’ was close to hanging up his boots. Gayle turned up for the Kings XI Punjab after almost going unsold in the auction and getting picked up for his base price of 2 crores in what was virtually the last bid of the auction in 2018. Gayle has come a long way since then he put in a few match-winning performances for the Kings XI Punjab last Season and has been absolutely phenomenal for West Indies. Jofra Archer similarly has been a sensational T20 player across the globe and has established himself as a specialist in the format. The battle up top between these two would be very interesting and both players are key to their team’s chances.
The Karnataka player battle.
Both teams have 5 Karnataka players amongst each other, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, and Mayank Agarwal in Kings XI Punjab and Krishnappa Gowtham and Shreyas Gopal in Rajasthan Royals. All 5 players have played so much cricket with each and will know each other’s games in and out. There are bound to be some strategies in the respective think tanks to neutralize each other. The Karnataka boys form a part of the Indian core for both sides and it will be pivotal that they perform.
Mohammed Shami vs Jos Buttler
Mohammed Shami has been in scintillating form over the last couple of months emerging as one of the top Indian fast bowlers. His raw pace, line, and length have reaped fruits in white ball cricket and Shami was picked up for a whopping 4.80 Crore. Jos Buttler has also established himself as one of the most lethal opening batsmen in the shorter format with a perfect balance of his innovativeness and power. It would be an interesting battle up front.