IPL 2018: Match 15, Rajasthan Royals vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Expectation vs Reality

The Royals are in red-hot form at the moment.

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Rajasthan Royals team celebrates a wicket. (Photo Source: Twitter)

After an early reality check in the tournament, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders bounced back impressively to climb up on the points table. In the 15th match of the edition, the two sides will face each other at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur where we last saw a thrilling 6-over-rain-curtailed match.

Both teams are fresh from victory and have another thing in common. Both the sides were not worried about the novelty factor while picking their players in the auction. While RR invested in some untested in the subcontinent kind of overseas talent, KKR opted to go for several young uncapped players for their squad.

While Kolkata Knight Riders seem to have figured out how they want to approach their batting, Rajasthan Royals to need to be on-track to do the same. A battle that will be a sight for sore eyes will be the one between all-rounders Andre Russell and Ben Stokes. While KKR boast of destructive openers, RR cannot say the same about themselves. They also have the case of Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi who are being ‘wasted’ down the order for their respective teams.

With these thoughts in mind, we have some expectations for tomorrow’s encounter, do you too?

1. Ben Stokes to turn up

We’re all waiting for the real Stokes to turn up. He is yet to deliver what he is capable of and has looked widely underwhelming. He was on to something against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the previous match but was dismissed for 27 runs. In the three games so far, he only managed to take the solitary wicket of …..

However, the pressure is building and expect it all to come on display in RR’s next match. Though KKR is heavy on quality of spin with the likes of Narine, Kuldeep, and Chawla. Expect a contribution of some sort, it could even be in the form of a cameo.

2. Spin trio to have the better of Sanju Samson

Sanju Samson is not too far behind in the race of the leading run-scorers and his 92-run-knock against RCB at Chinnaswamy showed no chinks in his armour. But, Narine to is not far behind in the race of the leading wicket-takers. He has looked far too threating for the batsmen to take him on easily and if he is able to keep that going in Jaipur, expect RR’s best player at the moment to fall prey too.

If not Narine, the threat does not end because their spin contingent takes the majority of the overs and is not afraid of being hit around the park since the wickets are prioritized. If he is able to see off the threat of Narine, Kuldeep and Chawla are standing in line to show him that the race is not easy.


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