IPL 2018, RR vs KXIP: Visitors put to bat after losing toss

IPL 2018, RR vs KXIP: Visitors put to bat after losing toss”

This was Punjab's 6 win from 9 matches and the third defeat for Rajasthan in as many matches. Also, pacers Barinder Sran and Andrew Tye, and Afghan spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman shoulder the bulk of the responsibility. They promoted Jos Buttler at the top of the order to get quick runs and so he did.

The innings became more hard still when Buttler went to Mujeeb Ur Rahman (3-27), whose third wicket came with the dismissal of Archer for a golden duck. KXIP look in good form to notch their first ever win at the venue. Royals need to win the match to stay in the league. In fact, the Kings XI Punjab who had started out strong have also slightly come down and are at the fourth spot at present. Jos Buttler scored 51 while Sanju Samson and Shreyas Goyal's 20s guided them to a respectable total.

Rajasthan know that they can not afford another loss and will have to be on their "A" game against a dominant Punjab unit who will be targeting the top two spots on the points table.

Mujeeb started Rajasthan's slide when Ben Stokes was caught at long off after Mayank Agarwal leapt close to the boundary edge, caught the ball over his head and while going off balance relayed the ball back to Manoj Tiwari to complete the catch.

In head-to-head records, RR are 9-7 ahead. RR skipper Ajinkya Rahane has not clicked in the tournanment at all, and it seems the pressure of captaincy has affected his temparament. Just a win or two away from the payoffs.

As Rahane's squad prepares for the face-off at home against KXIP on Tuesday, the opener can spark positive vibes in the dugout by camping at the crease the way K.L. Rahul paced himself (54 balls for 84 not out) during the chase in the last game.

Sawai Mansingh Stadium, pitch report: This Jaipur wicket is considered one of the best batting surfaces where the ball comes nicely onto the bat.

By the final over, KKR needed 23 runs and Krunal Pandya defended them comfortably with the innings ending at 168 for six.

Ajinkya Rahane, England's all-rounder Ben Stokes and Rahul Tripathi's poor performance has been trouble for the Rajasthan. While Gopal has six wickets from seven games, Gowtham has bagged five wickets from eight matches. Chris Gayle (8) looms as the flawless foil to KL Rahul at the top of the order, with the hitting power of Karun Nair (31) and Marcus Stoinis (23no) on show against the Royals.

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