IPL 2014 Match 7 Preview: Royals Can Nail Kings XI Again

Kings XI Punjab have been an easy target for Rajasthan Royals. The record shows Royals have won 8, while Kings have only managed 3 wins. Considering the current teams although Kings XI Punjab have one of the best batting line up, Rajasthan Royals have the bowling to control them. Overall, Royals again hold an edge unless Maxwell and Miller decide otherwise.

Indian Premier League 2014: Schedule and Results
Kings XI have created a record in chasing the high total against CSK, but the way Royals won against the best bowling attack of Sunrisers, they appear a threat again to any team.

Head-to-Head: Royals: 8, Kings XI 3

    RR def KXIP by 6 Wickets
    KXIP def RR by 41 runs


    KXIP def RR by 27 Runs
    RR def KXIP by 78 Runs


    RR def KXIP by 31 runs
    RR def KXIP by 9 Wickets


    KXIP def RR by 48 runs


    Royals win by 31 runs, MOM: Rahane
    RR won by 43 runs, MOM: Shane Watson


    Won by 6 wickets, MOM: Faulkner
    RR won by 8 wkts, MOM: Cooper

2008 Performance
On their way to championship RR won record 13 matches and lost just 3. Kings XI also reached the semifinal with 10 wins and 5 losses, finishing second at group stage behind Royals.

2009 Performance
South Africa did not suit them and they managed just 5 wins, Lost 8, and 1 was abandoned. Kings XI won 7 and lost 7 to fail reaching the knock out stage in foreign land.

2010 Performance
RR again failed to enter knockout and could win only 6 and Lost 8 matches. Kings XI, victim of all games but Cricket finished at the lower bottom at group stage winning 4 and losing 10 matches.

2011 Performance
Kings XI won and lost 7 match each to finish 5th. Royals won 6, lost 7 to finish 6th. One of their match produced no result.

2012 Performance
Kings XI had 8 wins and 8 losses. Despite being tied on points with CSK edged them and RCB to reach the knockout. Rajasthan Royals had 7 wins and 9 losses and finished behind Kings XI Punjab.

2013 Performance
RR finally reached the semifinal, after a gap of 4 editions, while despite the late winning surge due to devastating performances by David Miller, KXIP has to be content with 6th position winning and losing 8 games each.

Overall Performance
RR has a positive win loss ratio, making them one of the successful teams of IPL. Including the win in their first match of current edition, they have Won 50, Lost 41, and two matches were abandoned. With their win in the first match of current edition, Kings XI have won 45 and lost 45.

Team Comparison
Kings XI have shown they can chase any total. David Miller was exceptional even in 2013 but fought the battle all alone. Now the company of Maxwell and Bailey has made Kings XI very strong. On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals have one of the most destructive batsman of current era as their captain. Shane Watson was the key factor in their title win. Against Sunrisers they showed the maturity to win against one of the best bowling attack. Royals appear more balanced size, and Kings XI is completely dependent on batsmen who can chase any score.

With venue being a neutral factor, toss becomes a primary factor. Rajasthan Royals has a good bowling attack, but Kings XI can chase any score. So, if Kings XI bat first, RR has a better chance. Based on team performances, RR certainly holds slight edge.

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