In their last games RR and KXIP played with Australians on the same pitch against different opponents. Kings XI Punjab were weak with the ball, relying mainly on Mitchell Johnson who didn’t come off on the day, but still chased 200-plus comfortably thanks to a powerful batting line-up that included Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and George Bailey, and Sehwag.

Rajasthan Royals, later in the day, on the same surface but under lights, turned their match into a low scoring affair, and look uneasy throughout the a chase of 134. This will be a clash of OZ players that have been successful in their individual ways in their first matches. Kings XI have gone the specialists way and are batting-heavy, Royals have a fair sprinkling of bits-and-pieces allrounders and are bowling-heavy. Kings XI will be thinking if only they can get their bowling in proper place, they can be a strong force this season. Royals will be looking at their batting with a similarly.

Match Stats:

Indian Premier League – 2014: Match 7 – Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab, at Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah. April 20, 2014, Start time 18:30 (Local Time), 14:30 (GMT).

Head-to-Head in T20’s:

Rajasthan has a brilliant record in head to head clashes against Punjab as they won 8 of the 11 games they played.

Pitch and Weather Report:

The last game at the ground saw a decent scorers and the track is expected to be a sporting one. The temperatures will be high no rain is expected.

Teams News:

Rajasthan Royals bowling was brilliant in the last game. With Rajat Bhatia proved to be a surprise package. They don’t have a specialist spinner but to cover it they have three medium pacers; Bhatia, Stuart Binny and Abhishek Nayar. But the batting looked a bit weak other than Rahane. But the team will expect them to be among the runs from this game.

Rajasthan Royals’ Possible Playing XI:

A Rahane, A Nayar, S Watson, S Samson, S Binny, B Hodge, R Bhatia, J Faulkner, K Richardson, P Thambe, D Kulkarni.

There are kinks for Bangalore, too. Ashok Dinda’s T20 league has started from where it ended last year and as impressive as the bowling was in restricting Delhi to a below-par score, their profligacy with wides was a glaring problem. Chris Gayle’s availability is also in doubt.

Kings XI Punjab’s Possible Playing XI:

Virender Sehwag, Cheteshwar Pujara, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey, Wriddhiman Saha, Mitchell JohnsonRishi Dhawan, Akshar PatelParvinder Awana, L Balaji.

Stats:

Maxwell’s strike rate while chasing a score of 180 or more in T20s is 172.

Mitchell Johnson’s figures of 4-0-47-0 in last match were his second-worst in T20 cricket.

James Faulkner has faced 36 balls in final overs of T20 cricket, and has scored 58 runs off them.

Brad Hodge needs another 15 runs to become the first man to the 6000-run mark in T20 cricket.

 

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