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Buoyant Rajasthan Royals eyeing third consecutive victory

 

Jaipur

The in-form Rajasthan Royals will be confident of a third consecutive victory when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League here on Wednesday.

Royals have turned it around with back-to-back wins after Sunrisers thrashed them in their opener.

They pipped Delhi Daredevils by 19 runs in a rain hit encounter and then travelled away to post a convincing 19-run victory over star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The undisputed star of the game was SanjuSamon who hit a blistering a 45-ball 92 and Royals would expect him to fire again.

They were able to iron out few of their flaws. Royals’ batting clicked with Samson leading the charge and skipper AjinkyaRahane too making a useful contribution. Their bowling too could sustain the pressure of onslaught by big hitters like ViratKohli and A B de Villiers.

They are on their home turf where they have seldom lost matches but they would still be wary of KKR who outplayed Delhi Daredevils rather comfortably last night for their second win in four games.

With Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine at the top and big hitters like Dinesh Karthik, Robin Uthappa, NitishRana and Andre Russell in the middle, KKR have enough fire power and depth.

Their bowling too has the right balance with the deceptive Narine, the current purple cap holder in the tournament. Wily old horse Piyush Chawla and KuldeepYadav are capable of weaving a web around any batting side.

Pacer ShivamMavi, who rose to stardom during the recent U-19 World Cup, and Russell provide the medium pace variety to KKR.

However, the tight schedule of the tournament has left KKR so drained that they have preferred to rest today instead of holding a practice session.

The pink city, after a two and half hour rain interruption in the previous match, is under a dry and hot spell. The wicket here is a sporting one but a little bit of dryness would help the KKR spin department.

Squads:

Rajasthan Royals: Heinrich Klassen, Benjamin Stokes, JaydevUnadkat, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, KrishnappaGowtham, Jos Buttler, AjinkyaRahane, Darcy Short, Rahul Tripathi, Dhawal Kulkarni, Zahir Khan Pakteen, Ben Laughlin, Stuart Binny, DushmanthaChameera, Anureet Singh, AryamanVikram Birla, Midhun S, ShreyasGopal, Prashant Chopra, JatinSaxena, Ankit Sharma, MahipalLomror.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (c and WK), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, KuldeepYadav, Piyush Chawla, NitishRana, Prasidh Krishna, ShivamMavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, ApoorvWankhade, IshankJaggi and Tom Curran. (PTI)

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