At new residence, Royals eye housewarming party vs KKR

The sides sit next to each other on the points table but Rajasthan have two wins more.

By: Express News Service | Published: May 5, 2014 1:49:05 am

Just a week after the Rajasthan Royals and the Kolkata Knight Riders played out a cracking Super Over, the two sides will return to take each other on at the Sardar Patel stadium in Ahmedabad on Monday. This is designated a home gome for the Royals, who will be playing at Motera in stead of at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur. While the Royals go into the match on the back of a rather facile away win against Delhi, KKR will have to bounce back from a comprehensive defeat handed to them by the Chennai Super Kings. The sides sit next to each other on the points table but Rajasthan have two wins more.

Opening gambit
Against Chennai, KKR skipper Gambhir managed just six runs before running himself out bringing his total runs in the tournament so far to 52. KKR have juggled around with their opening combination as well, trying out Manish Pandey, Jacques Kallis, Manvinder Bisla and Robin Uthappa along with Gambhir but it hasn’t really worked. In contrast, Rajasthan’s Ajinkya Rahane and Karnataka batsman Karun Nair seem to be the most exciting all-domestic openers of the tournament. Nair started patchily in the UAE, but hit a fluent 73 off 50 balls against Delhi in his last match. Rahane, with 194 runs, is the top-scorer of the side.

On par in the middle
In the middle order, KKR can compete with Rajasthan, having the likes of Yusuf Pathan, while Suryakumar Yadav has also done enough to earn himself a promotion up the order. Rajasthan of course have the might of Shane Watson, Steven Smith and young wicket-keeper Sanju Samson to fall back on.
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