Kolkata, April 17: Both the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Rajasthan Royals have won two matches and have lost one match each. But the fomer will go into Sunday's match against the latter with the upperhand as it has beaten the Royals in the game on Friday, convincingly, and that too in its own backyward of Jaipur.
The good news for Rajasthan is that its batting line-up, except for maybe opener Amit Paunikar who is averaging under 15, is looking good. Rahul Dravid, Johan Botha and Ross Taylor are the men that the team can rely on to play innings of substance. It is not a secret that there is a direct corelation between one batsman in a line-up kicking on to make a big score and his team ending up with a big total.
The fact that no RR batsman notched up more than 35 in the innings against the Knight Riders on Friday was probably indicative why the side only came up with a moderately challenging total of 159/4, when the callibre of their batsmen warrant a total in the vicinity of 180.
But the real disappointment was Rajasthan's bowling. None of their bowlers took a wicket in the last match. Even Shane Warne and Siddharth Trivedi who have been deemed bona fide trump cards for their side, bowled barren and costly spells. Shane Watson, who was expected to bring some firepower to the attack had an inauspicious start to his IPL campaign with 0/18 off 2 overs.
Kolkata Knight Riders batting is strong enough anyway to shirk off any worries Warne and Co. seem determined to stoke up. After all, even the two tail-enders Eoin Brett Lee and Laxmipathy Balaji have earned a reputation of not being the meek batters one expects of players in their position in the line-up. And the middle order with the likes of Eoin Morgan and Yusuf Pathan, is one of the strongest in the League.