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 IPL Match 40, Pre Match Analysis: RR can’t afford any more defeats1 min read

RR VS KXIP

IPL 2018 | Match 40 | RR vs KXIP: Rajasthan Royals are at the bottom of the table and can’t afford any more chances if they are to turn their luck around this season. Their difficult road to recovery starts with tonight’s match against Kings XI Punjab at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur at 20:00 IST.

The team has had three consecutive losses, they need to buck up and take control on both the batting and bowling fronts. Their last match against Punjab was less than two days ago which can give them a chance to learn from the mistakes they made in that match and play accordingly. But this is an edge that KXIP may also take advantage of with their already well-oiled machine of batsmen and bowlers.

RR has had a historically bad season with the removal of Steve Smith due to the ball-tampering scandal. They’ve faced most of their defeats in rain-affected matches. The batting front has been led by captain Ajinkya Rahane. Ben Stokes and Rahul Tripathi haven’t played to their full potential. Jaydev Unadket has also had a disappointing season so far. Jofra Archer has been the only player who has performed time and again with his effective bowling.

KXIP, on the other hand, have gained their winning streak again with their last victory and will look to use tonight to properly secure their ticket to the playoffs. The Gayle-Rahul storm will take care of the batting front while the likes of captain Ashwin, Axar Patel and Mujeeb ur Rahman will continue leading the bowling area.

Will RR take this chance to get back into the game? Watch tonight to find out.