Thursday, May 9, 2013

Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab and Pune Warriors vs KKR Live

Live Cricket Streaming IPL 2013

IPL gets more interesting as Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians are battling it out for three places in the play-offs and Chennai Super Kings comfortably sits on the top already into the play-offs. Let us preview two matches for the day in the IPL.

Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab

This is a 'royal' face off as the Kings XI would take on the Rajasthan Royals at Mohali. Kings XI enjoys a good record at home and they will play four out of their remaining five matches at home. They have to win a minimum of four matches to keep their play-off chances alive. Meanwhile Rajasthan Royals have a poor away record but they are in sparkling form. So overall we have a tight contest on our hands.

Kings XI Punjab snatched a miraculous win against Royal Challengers when Miller smacked a ton in 38 balls. That was an unbelievable inning especially while chasing a big total. Unexpectedly he changed gears and hit almost every ball to the boundary to pull up a dream win for the team. That victory could change Punjab's fortunes and who knows they may win rest of their games.

Rajasthan Royals are also in a very good form. Especially Rahul Dravid and Ajinnkya Rahane has not let the team down. The way Dravid has evolved as a T20 player is worth watching. Shane Watson is also due for another two big knocks this year.

Pune Warriors India vs Kolkata Knight Riders

This match will involve a lot of pride and probably nothing else. The simple thing is both these teams can't make it to the play-offs this year and a win here can be a consolation for them. Pune Warriors have lost many close contests and hence they see themselves at the bottom of the points tally. They lost their last match to Rajasthan Royals after posting a good score of 178.

Kolkata Knight Riders wont IPL 2012 and they hardly played like defending champions this year. They have disappointed the KKR fans and few wins from hereon can cheer up the fans. Nothing has fallen in place for KKR especially in last few matches. Gambhir who still is the top scorer for KKR this year has hardly contributed in last five matches. We have seen Narine wicketless in recently concluded few matches. Jacques Kallis has completely failed this year. There hasn't been any notable contributions from Yusuf Pathan. Bisla and Morgan has done a good job but it has to be a team effort to win matches.

Although the second match may look unimportant, it means a lot to the fans of KKR and Pune Warriors. Meanwhile the first match holds a lot of importance in terms of the ongoing tight race for play-offs berth.

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