What a turnaround it's been for Kings XI this season having lost six of their opening seven matches, they’ve now won five in a row and sit in that coveted fourth spot at the time of writing.
That change in fortunes has coincided with the return of Chris Gayle to the side, who’s offered some much needed batting support for KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal who were proving they couldn’t do it all on their own.
Gayle’s stability in the side has allowed others to really come into their own, not least Nicholas Pooran who is playing some of the most attacking cricket in the IPL right now, and with the momentum they’ve got they can certainly match the Royals with their batting.
There seems to be a sizable imbalance with RR at the moment as their international superstars seem to be doing all the work.
They impressively chased down the Mumbai Indians’ total of 195 in their last outing, though that was largely down to a phenomenal 106* from Ben Stokes while Sanju Samson offered stability with a very well crafted half century of his own.
Though truth be told, that innings from the Englishman wouldn’t have been necessary if the bowling attack hadn’t let the Indians power tear them apart during the death overs.
Kings XI Punjab To Win
While Jofra Archer has more than proved his worth for the Royals this season, he’s had very little in the way of support from the rest of the attack.
Indeed, Ankit Rajpoot and Kartik Tyagi went for a whopping 105 off eight overs between them in that last outing, and it’s not as though that was a one off as, in fact, they’ve gone for a combined 158 off just 73 deliveries over their last two outings, taking just one wicket in that time, while Archer has total figures of 4-52 off 48 deliveries by himself in that time.
Punjab’s spinners have been phenomenal lately, and that’s where the game could be won and lost. If they can keep the Royals batsmen quiet, it will go a long way to securing them a spot in the top four this season.