Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI play the 55th match of the IPL 2013 in a completely different situation from what they were in when they played their first match at Jaipur. Now both are strong contenders of Semifinal and need to step over others and be ruthless. RR has been consistent at home but wayward at Away matches. Kings XI has been consistent nowhere, still with Miller replacing David Hussey as match winner they are a formidable team in the contest.
Head-to-Head: Royals: 8, Kings XI 2, NR 1
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
RR has a positive win loss ratio, making them one of the successful teams of IPL in last four editions. They have Won 46, Lost 38, and two matches were abandoned. Kings XI has a decent overall performance rate. They have 41 wins and 43 losses.
Kings XI was earlier all about Praveen Kumar and David Hussey. Now with David as captain it is all about Praveen Kumar and David Miller.
KXIP Team Performance
Rajasthan Royals have Watson and Faulkner as the key performers. But they are supported often by other international and more importantly uncapped players. Even Kings XI have some uncapped players taking the attack to opposition, but their main problem is failure of Piyush Chawla.
RR Team Performance
These are the two teams of the tournament with good uncapped players. But Royals have been more consistent in batting and bowling whereas Kings XI has been inconsistent and if it was not the special knocks of David Miller they would have lost many more. So it is all about the wicket of Miller and Royals have the arsenal to achieve that to register second win over Kings XI in the season.