RR vs KXIP Predictions and Betting : The IPL is off to a huge start with some great contests already in the first week of the prestigious T20 league of the world.
While Delhi Capitals are the only unbeaten squad so far, Kings XI Punjab, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore have lost one and won one until now with Chennai Super Kings the only team to lose two games.
The Sunday brings us yet another thriller between the confident Rajasthan Royals and the young Kings XI Punjab. The Rajasthan Royals started their campaign with a convincing win against last year runner-up Chennai Super Kings thanks to a collective batting effort.
On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab suffered an unexpected loss from a winning position, but bounced back against a formidable RCB squad on Thursday. Given the match is in Sharjah Stadium which has short boundaries, it will definitely be a batting paradise with work cut out for the bowlers in this match.
RR vs KXIP Predictions and Betting Summary
RR vs KXIP Predictions and Betting : Recent form
Rajasthan Royals have never been able to put up a convincing performance since winning the inaugural IPL season. Despite making it to playoffs in 2013, 2015 and in 2018, the recent season was a disaster for them with a 7th place finish.
The positive side is that they got to an exceptional start in their first match of the season against a giant team like CSK that has given them the required boost for the upcoming matches.
Kings XI Punjab has been one of the low-profile teams in the 13 seasons of the league. Barring a semi-final finish in 2008 and a heartbreaking defeat in 2014 final, the Punjab have not been able to take everyone by surprise.
In 2014, the team had won all the five matches in middle east that has given them a little edge. After a slip-up in the first match in the final over and the super over, the Punjab side looks rejuvenating and eager to win games.
RR vs KXIP Predictions and Betting : Head-to-head
The head-to-head between the teams indicates the kind of close matchup that they have provided over the years. The squads have met on 19 occasions until now with Rajasthan Royals narrowly edging out their rivals with 10 wins whereas Kings Punjab has 9 wins.
In the previous season, Kings Punjab were able to score victories on both the occasions with a strong performance.
Looking at their rivalry in UAE, they have only played once in 2014 with the result going in favor of the Punjab team. Regardless of the history, it leads to a tough battle between the bat and the ball.
RR vs KXIP predictions and betting analysis: Team News
It looks like Rajasthan Royals had a sorted eleven in the first game despite bowlers going for a little too much. Punjab made a couple of changes to the second game that proved effective as they got a huge margin victory.
There is no doubt that Punjab will go with the same squad as the second game. KL Rahul led from the front to score a class cum explosive hundred to take the team home. He will be joined by Mayank Agarwal who pulled the team out of deep trouble in the first game.
The only concern has been Nicholas Pooran who was disappointing in the super over in the first game and managed just 17 runs in 2nd game.
Karun Nair hasn’t got enough opportunities but the Karnataka batsman played a handy 15 off 8 coming at the fag end against RCB. The middle order hasn’t been tested yet but Maxwell will have to step up along with Sarfaraz assuming responsibility at No.6.
The bowling has so far worked with Sheldon Cottrell coming in and picking up 2 wickets whereas Shami has been accurate and economical. The young spinner Ravi Bishnoi deserves limelight with three wickets in the 2nd game along with Murugan Ashwin supporting him with 3-wickets.
The star for Rajasthan was Sanju Samson who yet again proved his capability on a big stage with Jos Butler absent in the eleven.
The captain Steve Smith ran hard, hit boundaries when required to make a significant 69 with 146 strike-rate. The youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal will need another chance to prove himself with him getting out cheaply against CSK.
The middle order can be a liability with the likes of David Miller, Robin Uthappa and Rahul Tewatia falling early. But the experience of Uthappa at 5 and the explosiveness of Miller can make wonders for the team.
Looking at the bowling, Jofra Archer was at his absolute best with a wicket and 26 runs in 4 overs. He also lit the stadium on fire with a cameo of 27 off just 8 deliveries. Unadkat will have to pitch it up further if his slower balls should work whereas Tom Curran has a lot to learn after going for 54 in four overs.
The spinners Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia took 4 wickets between them but would like to be economical in the coming matches.
RR vs KXIP Prediction and Betting : News Buzz
RR vs KXIP Predictions and Betting Analyis
The predictions and betting platforms are very much confident about Rajasthan Royals victory in tomorrow's match against KXIP.
However, one must not forget the fact that KXIP have been outstanding in both their matches of IPL 2020 season. They lost first match in Super over and bet Bangalore in 2nd match handsomely.