Rajasthan Royals: All is not going according to plan for Sanju Samson and company as they are rooted to the bottom of the IPL points table, with just one win in four matches. The manner in which they had almost chased down the mammoth 222-run target in their first match and then beaten Delhi Capitals in the follow-up game had indicated that this could be a campaign to remember for the Royals.
However, since then, the Royals have been flat. Against CSK they managed 143 when 189 were needed for win, and against RCB last night, they could not even pick a single wicket as the duo of Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal pulverized them by 10 wickets.
It’s been a mixed bag of a season so far for Rajasthan. When their batting clicks, the bowlers don’t and vice versa. For a team that has hovered around the bottom ranks the last two years, it needs to get all their units working ASAP and in tandem or run the risk of another failed campaign.
Kolkata Knight Riders: KKR, like Rajasthan, have three defeats and a win to show after the first four matches of the tournament. But the manner of their defeats is much more digestible, if not justifiable, than Rajasthan’s.
Their loss to Mumbai was by just 10 runs, while against CSK their lower order showed some resistance after a top order collapse. Still, three straight defeats are still an alarming sign and the KKR management should look for ways to cut the slide short to just three.
Truth be told, this fixture, against the lowest placed team in the league, could not have come at a better time for the KKR, who will be keen to get back to the winning ways.