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May 5, 2014
The 25th match of the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) seventh edition is slated to witness a tough battle between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Monday at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. While the Royals have won four of the six games they have played so far, and are placed at third position in the points table, the Knight Riders have had the contrary of fortunes so far, losing four of the six games they have played so far.
The last time these two teams met, the tournament witnessed its first tied encounter and a super over-finish in this edition. Ultimately, Rajasthan finished on top. They have been the better of the two teams so far in this season, but in a tournament and in a format where quality on paper hardly matters, Rajasthan will be wary of Knight Riders’ ability with both bat and ball.
Rajasthan have a settled bowling attack, although they shuffle with Dhawal Kulkarni’s spot. Pravin Tambe is the man who breaks the momentum of the opposition in the middle overs and even Rajat Bhatia does the job for his side. The fast bowling combination of Kane Richardson and James Faulkner is working very well for Rajasthan.
Kolkata, on the other hand, have numerous questions surrounding their batting, which hasn’t quite got going. In the last game, the move to promote Robin Uthappa worked well and he should continue to do the job with Gautam Gambhir. Manish Pandey and Jacques Kallis are the other important men in the middle-order. But perhaps the most encouraging sign in the last game was Yusuf Pathan’s return to form. They need the big hitting right-hander to do well as he has had a woeful run off late.
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