The Rajasthan Royals take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL on Wednesday.
These two played over the weekend, and both won their games, though the Royals were the team catching the eye with their huge run chase.
Both teams are loaded with quality and this should be an excellent game to watch.
Rajasthan Royals Team News & Form
The Rajasthan Royals were exceptional with the bat at the weekend, chasing down a huge score set by the Kings XI Punjab.
They were given the task of chasing down 224 to win, and scored 226/6 to win the game with three balls remaining. The highlights of the innings included 85 from Sanju Samson, 53 from Rahul Tewatia and 50 from Steve Smith.
Things were rounded off in style when Jofra Archer came to the crease. He scored 13, a single plus two sixes from just three deliveries to get his team over the line.
On a pitch that was perfect for batting, the Royals put a huge score on the board and under the same conditions here, they will be expected to do the same again.
They have played two games so far, winning them both and look to be a team that has really hit the ground running.
Kolkata Knight Riders Team News & Form
A defeat in their opening game was forgotten about when the Knight Riders picked up victory in their second over the weekend. They didn’t show the same explosiveness as the Royals, chasing down the 142 set by the Sunrisers, winning the game with two overs to spare.
Had the Knight Riders needed to score another 30 or 40 runs, they would have fancied their chances of doing that for sure.
Shubman Gill ended the game not out after carefully steering his team to success, keeping the scoreboard ticking along and scoring 70 from 62 balls. Eoin Morgan ended the innings alongside him with 42 not out from 29 deliveries.
There is no doubt this team has a lot of quality, they seem to be getting better with each game and inching towards showing us what they can do.
Steve Smith was overshadowed by Sanju Samson in the last game but Smith is our tip to be the key man here. The Australian is a wonderful player and seems in good touch already, his runs at the top of the order are key to success for the Royals.
His battle with fellow Australian Pat Cummins is going to be good to watch and we fancy Smith to come out on top and score plenty of runs in this one.
This is a battle between two good teams, though they are at slightly different places right now and that could be the difference.
The Royals have hit the ground running and are already playing some great cricket. The Knight Riders look as though they may need another game or two to get themselves in top gear and competing with the best in the IPL.
With that in mind, our tip to win this game is the Rajasthan Royals.