Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural IPL title back in 2008, however they have struggled considerably ever since. Kings XI Punjab reached the final back in 2014 but have been one of the poorest performing teams since then. Their head to head record is extremely balanced, with the Royals winning 11 out of 20 matches, and Punjab winning the other 9. Earlier this season the Royals managed to defeat the Kings XI in one of the most dramatic run-chases in IPL history.
KXIP looked to be in incredible batting form initially. Both their openers, Rahul and Mayank have played two big innings each, including a century each as well. They have scored 200+ runs twice already, although their bowling has repeatedly failed them as RR managed to chase down the highest score in IPL history against them.
This disbalance has caused them to lost 4 matches in a row, and they are currently bottom of the table with just 1 win in 6 matches. They lost to SRH by a huge margin of 69 runs, but the performance of Pooran will be encouraging, as the over reliance on the openers has cost them so far.
They suffered another heartbreak vs KKR as they lost by just 2 runs, after Glenn Maxwell came within inches of the boundary rope when they needed a 6 to tie the match. Finally, their patience paid off as they managed to beat RCB to end a streak of 4 straight defeats. The resurgence continued with a dramatic win over Mumbai Indians which ended in 2 separate super-overs ! They followed this up with another impressive victory over then table-toppers Delhi Capitals, beating the top 2 sides in the league in back to back matches. They then defended a modest total against SRH in a remarkable turnaround, before successfully chasing down a decent total against KKR.
Rajasthan Royals started IPL 2020 with a bang, winning their first 2 matches in dramatic fashion, scoring over 400 runs in the process. Their top order has been fairly consistent while Jofra Archer has been absolutely brilliant with the bat as well as ball. The return of Ben Stokes will make them an even more formidable unit. They had lost 4 matches in a row, but came back brilliantly against SRH to move up to 6th in the table.
However, another damaging defeat to table-toppers DC put them back in 7th place. RCB beat them convincingly recently, however they came back strongly against CSK to move up to 6th in the table. Things soured again though, with a one-sided defeat against SRH as they dropped to 7th again. Despite beating MI in heroic fashion, RR are still 7th in the table.
Betting Preview, Picks And Prediction
To Win The Match
KXIP are the favourites to win the match with odds of 1.80 as per LeoVegas, which is not surprising as KXIP is the most in-form team in the tournament with 5 consecutive matches, while RR have won only 2 of their last 5 matches.
Top Team Batsman
After his consistent form all season, KL Rahul is the favourite to be Punjab’s top batsman, with odds of 3.00. He is followed by his opening partner Mayank Agarwal at 4.00, which is tempting as he has been in equally brilliant form. Chris Gayle’s return has changed things, with the big West Indian now second-favourite to be the top scorer at 3.50.
Jos Buttler is still the favourite to be their top batsman in this match with odds of 3.75. He was their top scorer as they succumbed to a disappointing defeat to MI. His opening partner Sanju Samson has odds of 4.50, while the dependable Steve Smith also has odds of 4.50. A century in the last match by Ben Stokes has made him the second-favourite at 4.00, as per LeoVegas
Highest Opening Partnership
KXIP are favourites at 1.75 to have the highest opening partnership as Mayank and Rahul are the most prolific opening pairing in the league so far. RR on the other hand have been unable to fix their opening pairing.
Top Team Bowler
Mohammed Shami is the favourite to be the top bowler for Punjab at 3.50, with Cottrel at 4.00 another attractive option.
On the other hand, Jofra Archer is the favourite to be the top bowler from RR at 3.00, followed by all-rounder Tom Curran at 4.33 and leggie Shreyas Gopal at 4.50.
Total Runs In The Match
Odds of there being more than 328.5 runs in this match are 1.76, as per LeoVegas. This seems highly achievable as both these teams have some brilliant batsmen and have scored plenty of runs this season..
Individual Player Betting
- Mayank Agarwal to score more than 24.5 runs has odds of 1.87 , which is a tempting bet as he would like to bounce back from injury with a solid innings. Buttler to score more than 23.5 runs also has odds of 1.87, which is also a tempting bet as he would like improve his current form.
- KXIP to hit the most sixes has odds of 1.87, which can be tempting with Gayle back, and also Rahul, Pooran and Maxwell, all can hit sixes. RR to hit the most sixes depends heavily on Stokes, Buttler and Tewatia, and the odds are 2.30.
- Shami to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.10, while Archer to take 2 or more wickets has odds of 2.00, which is attractive as he is in form.
Our Top Betting Picks
- KXIP to win the match @1.80
- KXIP to hit the most sixes @1.87
- KXIP to have the Highest Opening Partnership @1.75
- Archer to take 2 or more wickets @2.00