Kings XI, Rajasthan Royals hoping to set things right

April 20th, 2008 - 7:48 pm ICT by admin  

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Jaipur, April 20 (IANS) Having lost their opening matches, both Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab will be hoping to notch their first win in the Indian Premier League (IPL) when they lock horns at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium here Monday. Though Yuvraj Singh-led Kings XI lost their home match against formidable Chennai Super Kings Saturday, their gritty performance gives them an edge over Royals.

The Punjab team gave a tough fight to the star-studded Super Kings, who piled up a mammoth 240 Saturday, and fell short by 33-runs.

Shane Warne-led Royals had a forgettable outing and was thrashed by Delhi Daredevils in all departments of the game.

In absence of their foreign imports — South Africans Graeme Smith and Morne Morkel and Pakistan players Younis Khan, Sohail Tanveer and Kamran Akmal - the Royals looked out of sorts against the Daredevils.

The hosts would be compelled to take on the field Monday with more or less same set of players as according to the team owner, Manoj Badale, the Pakistani players are expected to arrive Tuesday after completing their national duty against Bangladesh.

In contrast, Kings XI skipper Yuvraj would be hoping that Brett Lee and company can put behind their performance against Super Kings and fire in all cylinders against an ordinary Royals’ batting line-up.

Kings XI batsmen also looked in great touch against Super Kings.

All in all, looking at the composition of both the teams, it might turn out to be a one-sided affair for the visitors.

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