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  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | April 20, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Punjab seems to be exciting and strong team this season. 3 inform, class batsmen, Maxwell, Miller, and Bailey! Dominant start against strongest IPL team ever, CSK proves their merit. Sure they will atleast reach the final.

  • POSTED BY Pardeepchandel92 on | April 20, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    I have been big fan of RR in every edition of ipl. But i know this time RR is looking very weak but still i m supporting them. I hope it would be very tough for RR to beat mighty Pun. I think if they dose not win but definitly will give storng contest to punjab. Bes of luck RR

  • POSTED BY BHS_Cricket on | April 20, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    RR and Kings XI have won a match each. They should have an unchanged side.

    My RR sequence:

    Watson, Samson, Ajinkya, Binny, Steve, Nayar, Faulkner, Bhatia, Richardsaon, Kulkarnin, Tambe

    Kings XI sequence:

    Sehwag, Miller, Pujara, Maxwell, Bailey, Saha, Johnson, Sandeep, Murali Karthik, balaji, awana..

    Did Murali Karthik bowl in the past match against CSK??

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Rahane ,Binny & Watson will be the deciding players of the match. The king's eleven panjab ,even though they have convincing win over Chennai , will struggle.

  • POSTED BY keralite on | April 20, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    RR should play Southee in place of Richardson.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    such a blissful fire work by maxwell and killer miller amazing ipl

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    That sounded like India vs Pakistan. Batting heavy vs Bowling heavy.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Just because RR have a batting line up that is even worse than their bowling line up doesn't make them a bowling heavy side!!! Why is everyone so disillusioned? When u have watto, Mishy and Faulkner as your strike bowlers, your bowling attack is at best average.

  • POSTED BY imtiazjaleel on | April 20, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    its like australia vs australia

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    My RR team - Rahane, Watson, Samson, Smith, Binny, Nayar,Bhatia, Faulkner, Richardson, kulkarni, tambe

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    "Ajinkya Rahane and Stuart Binny seem to have developed a friendship while carrying drinks during India's limited-overs tours of late"

    Nicely done Cricinfo.. :P

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | April 20, 2014, 10:02 GMT

    sehwag, pujara, maxwell, miller, bailey, saha, johnson, sandeep sharma, murali karthik, balaji, awana/akshar

  • POSTED BY hanumanthchavala on | April 20, 2014, 9:53 GMT

    if watson dont want to open give a chance to hodge as opener he is most success at that position.

    rahane, nayar, hodge/smith, samson, watson, binny, bhatia, faulkner, kulakarni, richardson, tambe,

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 8:29 GMT

    My RR team: Rahane, Chand, Samson,Watson,Binny,Hodge,Faulkner,Rajat Bhatia,Richardson,Dhawal Kulkarni, Tambe, THE BEST RR TEAM

  • POSTED BY SamWintson92 on | April 20, 2014, 7:46 GMT

    My Teams:

    RR XI: 1 Watson (C) 2 Rahane 3 Samson (WK) 4 Binny 5 Hodge 6 Karun Nair 7 Faulkner 8 Bhatia 9 Richardson 10 Kulkarni 11 Tambe.

    KXIP XI: 1 Sehwag 2 Pujara 3 Maxwell 4 Bailey (C) 5 Miller 6 Akshar 7 Saha (WK) 8 Johnson 9 M Karthik 10 R Dhawan 11 Balaji.

    For Aus: a) Watson definitely should open. I agree, recently for Aus Watson struggled when he came to bat at 3/4. Holding him back isn't a good tactics. He's best when opening & his runs flourish. b) Nayar is ordinary & Chand is very slow. Both had poor seasons including IPL previously. RR should play Karun Nair in place of Nayar. Karun Nair has 65 FC & 55 List A batting average. If Watson doesn't want to open then open with Karun Nair. c) I feel Rajat Bhatia can very soon touch the stardom playing for Royals. His variations in bowling medium pace slower balls is outstanding. Very handy attacking batsman down the order.

    For KXIP: a) M Karthik should replace Awana. b) Maxwell, Bailey & Miller should bat at 3, 4 & 5.

  • POSTED BY sazzad-BD007 on | April 20, 2014, 6:50 GMT

    today I would like to see a blistering 50+ from one of my favourite V.Sehwag with a 200+ strike rate and hope maxi,miller nd baily fire with the bat and jhonson run through the RR batsman and punjab win

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 6:27 GMT

    Punjab will win. Mark my words. Their batting is enough to win them matches

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 6:03 GMT

    RR should win d toss n field first as KINGS XI seems terrific in chasing totals which was evident from the last match against a Strong team like CSK..

    Nayar needs to be replaced by unmukt chand if really Watson doesnt want to open..

    Playing XI of RR : 1) Rahane 2) Unmukt 3) Samson 4) Watson 5) Binny 6) Hodge 7) Nayar 8) Faulkner 9) Bhatia 10) Richardson 11) Tambe

    ALL D BEST!! HALLA BOL!!

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 5:52 GMT

    o please give RR a break...they are most well organised side in this ipl....watto cptaincy looking good....and those who are saying RR have worst line should go to hospital....because game is played on field not in paper....

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 5:03 GMT

    both team has perfact balance . if Mohali has batting power then Rajasthan has bowling power . they got some confidence from previous macth , so I think it would be fantastic match for audience and both team will fight till end . I cant keep down my excitement to watch this match .

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    Shane watson at no 4 is not a good move. Even for australia he struggles at 3 and 4 . Watson is the best fit to open the innings along with ajinkya rahane. 1.watson 2.rahane 3.sanju 4.abhishek nayar 5.binny 6.hodge 7.Faulkner 8.bhatia 9.kane richardson 10.kulkarni 11. pravin tambe. They have steven smith also if hodge fails again steven smith should replace them in next match.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    well maxi was very good and we should also not forget David's support .... and today it will not be so easy as they might not get the chance to show their power....

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 4:32 GMT

    The match is in Sharjah and RR's bowling attack has variety that suits that slow track. It won't be easy for Punjab's free hitting batsmen like Bailey and Maxi.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    I would RR management and Rahul to play Unmukt Chand with Rahane....Abhishek Nayar has a horrible technique and he hasn't performed for any T20 team he has played for....UC needs to be given a chance. Steve smith should be brought in for Hodge. He is the only player who can play 360 like AB devilliers.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 4:15 GMT

    In this battle which teams domestic player shines get the taste of the cup , in that sight RR can raise their hands over Punjab . Even Punjab have strong Foreign hitters in the bag , their local boys are week when compared to Royals .

  • POSTED BY venke4 on | April 20, 2014, 4:07 GMT

    my team for kings xi............viru,pujara,vohra,maxwell,miller,bailey,johnson,rishi dhawan,sandeep sharma,kartik,balaji

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    if any team playing against Punjab their target will be Maxwell get him quickly then you fancy ur chances of winning.

  • POSTED BY BeAHuman on | April 20, 2014, 3:41 GMT

    Unfortunately Binny, Nayyar, Bhatia and others such as Bisla, Uthappa, Pandey, Dinesh Karthik will never be considered for India. Similarly Irfan, Yusuf, Praveen, Munaf, RP Singh, Harbajan, Shewag, Badrinath, Gambhir may never play again. Also Rishi Dhawan, Pankaj Singh, Kulkarni, and the many talented players in IPL might be lost forever. How can such a list be overlooked while players like Rohit, Ishant, Bhuvaneshwar, Aswin, Raina, Jadeja, Vijay continue to get so many chances even though they are either inconsistent or good only in certain conditions? Of course that's all when playing for India. But with three formats available, all these players need a chance now and then.

  • POSTED BY jimbond on | April 20, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    I guess these are among the better teams in the tournament. Punjab is fairly settled in terms of team composition, whereas Jaipur is still finding its way. I wouldn't club Nayar, Binny and Bhatia into one group in T20s (they may be similar at first class level). In T20s, Bhatia is a guy you can depend to bowl 4 economic overs in every match, but his batting in T20s lacks the flourish. Nayar is very much a batsman, and his bowling is only a bonus. Nayar can be used as a bowler on seaming tracks or else for an over or two, but he is among the best batsmen in India's domestic cricket. Binny is somewhere between these two. He can do some big hitting, and can also bowl a couple of overs. These three supplement Watson to a large extent. But if Jaipur wants to finish with a flourish they need to find some way of sending Faulkner up the order.

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 1:24 GMT

    Both RR and KXIP have equal powers,need fire from top order &bowling. Maxwell becoming headache for opposition for his placement of shots ,if VIRU will fire no one stop them. VIRU vs FAulkner will be intersting

  • POSTED BY charlesrayleggy on | April 19, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    a mtch between 3+1SAFARI v 4 AUSTRALIANS. SO ipl IS FOR THE UPLIFTING OF FORIEGN CRICKETERS THAN GROMING INDIAN TALENT. all the teams fare on the success of foriegn players1

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    Punjab start as favourites..but I always support Royals #InDravidWeTrust

  • POSTED BY DingDong420 on | April 19, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    Kings XI and RCB look very strong

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 19, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    KXIP might consider bringing in Kartik for his experience and considering that spinners are generally doing well in the UAE. THis would really balance out their attack. However, adding Sandeep Sharma would add some bite too as he swings it around and has a knack for taking wickets like he has shown through the domestic season and last year.

  • POSTED BY Mayank Holani on | April 19, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Over here i think that the royals are little heavy then the XI's as balance in the team matters a lot punjab is an amazing side but not evenly balanced batting 15 on 10 and bowling 6 on 10 on the other side royals battng 10 on 10 and bowling 8-9 on 10 do not forget the amazing in-form anchor of the rajasthan royals ajinkya rahane

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    RR team is much balanced. They probably needs to think about Opening slot a bit. If Nayar has to play then They need to probably play Watson and Rahane in the opening slot and keep Nayar for middle order. If they are keen to keep Watson at 4 then Chand should replace Nayar.

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | April 19, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    This will be a good battle but Punjab is ahead of RR here. In The past both RR and CSK had given serious headache to Punjab but now it's payback time. And don't discount Punjab bowling, they were just nervous in their first match. It's not the best but better than quite a few teams.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    well I think punjab is far mor favourites. ..however ipl is about ..which team plays better..ll win... every team is gr8 dis year... except out of form mumbai

  • POSTED BY phunny_game on | April 19, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Both teams are good, though Punjab look good with their batting, RR has the perfect mix of bowlers to keep Maxi at bay... In the last match, Nayar did not really bowl and if he has to only bat, its better to play Unmukt, since i dont think Watto himself is too keen to come out and open. for Punjab, the bowling has always been a headache and i guess it will continue, though it was good to see Rishi Dhawan bowl well after conceding a big first over. These two are my favorite and it would be interesting to see who holds the aces.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Tactics v/s power! waiting for the interesting war!

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  • POSTED BY AltafPatel on | April 20, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Punjab seems to be exciting and strong team this season. 3 inform, class batsmen, Maxwell, Miller, and Bailey! Dominant start against strongest IPL team ever, CSK proves their merit. Sure they will atleast reach the final.

  • POSTED BY Pardeepchandel92 on | April 20, 2014, 13:52 GMT

    I have been big fan of RR in every edition of ipl. But i know this time RR is looking very weak but still i m supporting them. I hope it would be very tough for RR to beat mighty Pun. I think if they dose not win but definitly will give storng contest to punjab. Bes of luck RR

  • POSTED BY BHS_Cricket on | April 20, 2014, 13:43 GMT

    RR and Kings XI have won a match each. They should have an unchanged side.

    My RR sequence:

    Watson, Samson, Ajinkya, Binny, Steve, Nayar, Faulkner, Bhatia, Richardsaon, Kulkarnin, Tambe

    Kings XI sequence:

    Sehwag, Miller, Pujara, Maxwell, Bailey, Saha, Johnson, Sandeep, Murali Karthik, balaji, awana..

    Did Murali Karthik bowl in the past match against CSK??

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 12:58 GMT

    Rahane ,Binny & Watson will be the deciding players of the match. The king's eleven panjab ,even though they have convincing win over Chennai , will struggle.

  • POSTED BY keralite on | April 20, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    RR should play Southee in place of Richardson.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    such a blissful fire work by maxwell and killer miller amazing ipl

  • POSTED BY on | April 20, 2014, 11:52 GMT

    That sounded like India vs Pakistan. Batting heavy vs Bowling heavy.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Just because RR have a batting line up that is even worse than their bowling line up doesn't make them a bowling heavy side!!! Why is everyone so disillusioned? When u have watto, Mishy and Faulkner as your strike bowlers, your bowling attack is at best average.

  • POSTED BY imtiazjaleel on | April 20, 2014, 11:06 GMT

    its like australia vs australia

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 20, 2014, 10:11 GMT

    My RR team - Rahane, Watson, Samson, Smith, Binny, Nayar,Bhatia, Faulkner, Richardson, kulkarni, tambe

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    Tactics v/s power! waiting for the interesting war!

  • POSTED BY phunny_game on | April 19, 2014, 14:25 GMT

    Both teams are good, though Punjab look good with their batting, RR has the perfect mix of bowlers to keep Maxi at bay... In the last match, Nayar did not really bowl and if he has to only bat, its better to play Unmukt, since i dont think Watto himself is too keen to come out and open. for Punjab, the bowling has always been a headache and i guess it will continue, though it was good to see Rishi Dhawan bowl well after conceding a big first over. These two are my favorite and it would be interesting to see who holds the aces.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | April 19, 2014, 15:06 GMT

    well I think punjab is far mor favourites. ..however ipl is about ..which team plays better..ll win... every team is gr8 dis year... except out of form mumbai

  • POSTED BY TSJ07 on | April 19, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    This will be a good battle but Punjab is ahead of RR here. In The past both RR and CSK had given serious headache to Punjab but now it's payback time. And don't discount Punjab bowling, they were just nervous in their first match. It's not the best but better than quite a few teams.

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 18:13 GMT

    RR team is much balanced. They probably needs to think about Opening slot a bit. If Nayar has to play then They need to probably play Watson and Rahane in the opening slot and keep Nayar for middle order. If they are keen to keep Watson at 4 then Chand should replace Nayar.

  • POSTED BY Mayank Holani on | April 19, 2014, 18:31 GMT

    Over here i think that the royals are little heavy then the XI's as balance in the team matters a lot punjab is an amazing side but not evenly balanced batting 15 on 10 and bowling 6 on 10 on the other side royals battng 10 on 10 and bowling 8-9 on 10 do not forget the amazing in-form anchor of the rajasthan royals ajinkya rahane

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | April 19, 2014, 19:14 GMT

    KXIP might consider bringing in Kartik for his experience and considering that spinners are generally doing well in the UAE. THis would really balance out their attack. However, adding Sandeep Sharma would add some bite too as he swings it around and has a knack for taking wickets like he has shown through the domestic season and last year.

  • POSTED BY DingDong420 on | April 19, 2014, 20:50 GMT

    Kings XI and RCB look very strong

  • POSTED BY on | April 19, 2014, 21:15 GMT

    Punjab start as favourites..but I always support Royals #InDravidWeTrust

  • POSTED BY charlesrayleggy on | April 19, 2014, 22:53 GMT

    a mtch between 3+1SAFARI v 4 AUSTRALIANS. SO ipl IS FOR THE UPLIFTING OF FORIEGN CRICKETERS THAN GROMING INDIAN TALENT. all the teams fare on the success of foriegn players1

Kings XI Punjab v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2014, Sharjah April 19, 2014

Clash of philosophies between Australia-centric teams

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Match facts

Sunday, April 20, 2014
Start time 1830 (1430 GMT, 2000 IST)

Play 05:36
Watson needs to open for Royals

Big Picture

On Friday these two teams, built largely around Australians, played their first matches on the same pitch against different opponents. Kings XI Punjab were profligate with the ball, relying mainly on Mitchell Johnson who didn't come off on the day, but still chased 200-plus comfortably thanks to a powerful batting line-up that includes Glenn Maxwell, David Miller and George Bailey, and Virender Sehwag who, despite poor form, can't be ruled out against the lower standard of bowling and fielding in the IPL.

Rajasthan Royals, later in the day, on the same surface but under lights, turned their match into a scrappy affair, and huffed and puffed through in a chase of 134. This will be a clash of philosophies that have been successful in their individual ways in their first matches. Kings XI have gone the specialists way and are batting-heavy, Royals have a fair sprinkling of bits-and-pieces allrounders and are bowling-heavy. Kings XI will be thinking if only they can get their bowling in place, they can be a strong force this season. Royals will be looking at their batting with a similar emotion.

Watch out for ...

Glenn Maxwell's audacious hitting as both right- and left-hand batsman is sure to become a headache for fielding captains. In his 95 off 43 balls against Chennai Super Kings, he switch-hit and reverse-swept with such precision he almost eliminated risk, and opened up areas of the field that aren't conventionally available. Will the four Australian team-mates present in the Royals be able to come up with a plan to rein him in?

Royals had three bits-and-pieces allrounders in their starting XI in the first game. Rajat Bhatia, Stuart Binny and Abhishek Nayar are three of the most valuable cricketers in Indian domestic cricket, but they are essentially varying degrees of the same player: steady medium-pacers who won't find a place as batsmen alone. How long will this combination continue?

Stats and trivia

  • Maxwell's strike rate in chases of 180 or more is 172
  • Mitchell Johnson's figures of 4-0-47-0 on Friday were his second-worst in T20 cricket
  • James Faulkner has faced 36 balls in last overs of T20 cricket, and has scored 58 runs off them
  • Brad Hodge needs 15 runs to become the first man to the 6000-run mark in T20 cricket

Quotes

"We have to lift the bowling and fielding a little bit as we know this is not going to happen every day. If it happens like this every time, then we are happy, but we have to improve on our bowling."
George Bailey knows 200 cannot be chased down every day

"Me and Binny enjoy each other's company very well and it helped us in the middle today. He has improved a lot. I backed my instincts. I decided to take one ball at a time."
Ajinkya Rahane and Stuart Binny seem to have developed a friendship while carrying drinks during India's limited-overs tours of late

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo