Four losses on the trot for the Rajasthan Royals, who at one time were the team to beat, have seen them plummet to the bottom of the table. A closer look at the losses shows that they had a hand in most of them.
Sample this: The Royals needed 17 runs off 16 balls against the Daredevils, with nine wickets in hand, and the season's Orange Cap holder Ajinkya Rahane was at the crease. Nine out of 10 times, a team will back itself to win, but the Royals fell short by one run.
Some 48 hours later, the middle order fizzled out against the same team after a great start and could muster a sub-par score of 141.
If one were to go by numbers, the Royals come up clear favourites for Saturday's game.
Rahane, with 458 runs, is the highest run-getter of this season, while Rahul Dravid and Owais Shah have accumulated 333 and 280 runs respectively.
The leading run-getters for Kings XI are Mandeep Singh (277), followed by Shaun Marsh (256) and David Hussey (255).
But despite scoring heavily, the Royals find themselves in a precarious situation, while the KXIP are now sitting pretty at the fourth spot.
Time and again, the Royals have faltered at the last hurdle though skipper Dravid said that the four losses hadn't sent alarm bells ringing, with just six more matches to go, the team needs to get back to winning ways.
Backed by solid team efforts, Kings XI have managed to eke out wins against the Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
“Despite jitters at the end, I am happy with the effort boys' put in against RCB. It was a positive week for us on the road and we would like to build on it,” said skipper Adam Gilchrist.
The batsmen, especially domestic players like Mandeep, Nitin Saini, Harmeet Bansal and Bhargav Bhatt have managed to put runs on board, while the bowlers have stuck to their plan.
The IPL's leaning towards Aussies is well known and if everyone is available, there can be seven Australia players in the line-up of 22, not to mention the support staff, which also has a strong presence from Down Under.If the Royals have players like Brad Hodge, Brad Hogg and Shane Watson, KXIP rely on Shaun Marsh, David Hussey, Ryan Harris and Gilchrist.