Jump to content

16/04 - 08:00 PM IST 32nd Match (N), Indian Premier League at Chandigarh, Apr 16 2019

Recommended Posts




Big picture

Before IPL 2019, not many would have pointed at the return fixture between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals as being the one they most looked forward to watching. In the post-mankad world, though, this is going to be a game where non-strikers will be watched as closely as batsmen and bowlers. Under particular scrutiny will be the two protagonists of the drama that kicked off these two teams' IPL 2019 - R Ashwin and Jos Buttler. Will the Kings XI captain feel any additional pressure, knowing that there might be an extra edge to this contest? Will Buttler come out more determined to cart the bowlers everywhere because of what he has since said he perceives as a wrong decision?


Amid that subplot and drama, the bigger picture remains the race for qualification. Despite a stirring win against Mumbai Indians away in their last match, Royals' chances look a bit slim, with just two wins from seven games. They have been on the wrong end of four close results, and while different aspects of their execution went awry at various points, the common thread was their tendency to concede the big moments to the opposition. Their bowling has been led by Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal, but the support cast has regularly let them down, which is another area they need to work on.


Kings XI have had an up-and-down campaign so far, not stringing together enough wins to be truly dominant, but never letting too many losses pile up to lose steam either. Ashwin has proved himself an astute captain and reliable bowler. His team, though, has been a bit of a slightly off-kilter machine. You know that if all the wheels align, it will go forward more smoothly. Lots of their wins have been scrappy affairs, and perhaps one truly dominant performance will mark a turnaround for a better ride ahead.



Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites
8 minutes ago, Global.Baba said:

Aggarwal gone. Is David Miller related to Zintas husband. Sorry if it is racist to think all goras are related and look the same to me. Hack has done nothing in forever.

He is her ex....according to juicy gossip.



Edited by beetle

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Guest, sign in to access all features.