KXIP, who have never had a settled unit, have finally found a core group of players around whom a team can be built.
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For KXIP, Glenn Maxwell gave way to Jimmy Neesham, while a fit-again Mayank Agarwal replaced Arshdeep Singh.
KXIP's chances of a top four finish took a serious hit after Rajasthan Royals handed them a seven-wicket loss, snapping their impressive five match-winning streak.
Thanks to the victory, Rajasthan climbed to fifth spot and crucially, improved their net run rate from -0.50 to -0.38.
Chris Gayle and captain KL Rahul took the Rajasthan Royals bowlers to the cleaners, stitching 120 runs for the second wicket.
It has been a dramatic turnaround for the KL Rahul-led side after a string a losses earlier in the tournament.
After restricting KKR to 149, Mandeep Singh and Chris Gayle chased down the total comfortably to secure their fifth win on the trot.
Kings XI Punjab dished out a disciplined bowling show to restrict Kolkata Knight Riders to a modest 149.
While most of KXIP bowlers haven't inspired confidence, especially in the death overs, the KKR batsmen need to step up and shrug off their inconsistency.
With only eight points in their kitty, SRH will now not only have to win all of those matches for a realistic shot at making the playoffs, but might have to depend on net run rate to scrape through.
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Arshdeep played a pivotal role in KXIP's 12-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday night, returning impressive figures of 3/23 to help them defend 126.
Winning three matches in succession against the top three teams of the season, the KL Rahul-led side have started to click on time, at the business end of the competition.
While KXIP's batting is in the safe hands of skipper Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran, the shaky form of Glenn Maxwell remains a concern.
Glenn Maxwell said teammate Mohammad Shami is currently the best yorker bowler in the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Against KXIP, Dhawan alone scored 106 while the quintet comprising Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Marcus Stoinis, Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer contributed 54 runs collectively.