IPL 2019: Match 4, Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab: Why KXIP will win the match?

By the time Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) grapple on the 25th of March; all the other teams would’ve played one match each. Both teams had conflicting fortunes last season. Rajasthan Royals were the other team that made a rebound after a two-year lapse but there was hardly any hype around them. However, they stamped above their weight and despite blowing hot and cold throughout the season; they made it to the top four. Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab had a zippy start to their 2018 campaign as they won five out of their first six games. But their season was ruined as they managed to win just one game out of their last eight matches.
RR and KXIP will kick-start their crusade this season in Jaipur. And here is why Kings XI Punjab will egress out on top in this battle.
Explosive top-order
There’s definitely no question about KXIP’s clout. It has to be their top-order and opening pair, in peculiar. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul form one of the most formidable opening pairs in this IPL. Both players have different styles and methodologies but they are stormy.
Everybody is aware of what Chris Gayle can do. Moreover, if anyone thought he was done and dusted, he attacked back with vengeance. He has been in amazing form. The big Jamaican opener shattered England all around the park in the ODI series as he struck 39 sixes in the five-match series.
On the contrary, KL Rahul had the season of his life last year. He made 659 runs and was the third highest run-getter in the tournament. He ended at an average of 54.91 and a strike-rate of 158.41. Indeed, he broke the record of the fastest IPL fifty last season as he got to the milestone in just 14 balls.
Adding to this, the compelling Mayank Agarwal who is fresh off a dream debut for India and a man of the match performance in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final. Hence, the KXIP top-order is one the finest in this season.
Presence of various mystery spinners
Varun Chakravarthy created headlines on the day of the competitive auction. KXIP cleaned out the bank for this Tamil Nadu mystery spinner who is said to have a plethora of alterations. He has done excellent in the Tamil Nadu Premier League as well as the Vijay Hazare Trophy. Moreover, he is a rather unknown asset as well.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Ravichandran Ashwin headed the charge in the spin department. Ashwin didn’t have a great tournament as he handled to pick up just 10 wickets, it was Mujeeb who continuously gave KXIP crucial breakthroughs. The Afghanistan mystery spinner has made a name for him playing a lot of T20 leagues around the world. He would’ve got some knowledge as well.
Also, Ashwin is a very smart cricketer and can outdo the batsman with his deviations. Hence, the blend of Ashwin, Mujeeb and Chakravarthy pose a big threat to the opposition.

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