IPL rajasthan royals vs Kings XI Punjab comparison teams
Rajasthan Royals finished in the top of the IPL point table at the end of the group stage with 22 points from 14 matches, though they were not among the favorites at the beginning of the tournament. Rajasthan, in fact, spent least amount of money in the player auction and the value of the Rajasthan franchise of IPL is also least among the eight Indian Premier League franchise. However, interestingly, Rajasthan played very well and under the captaincy and coaching of Shane Warne This Australian leg spinner led the team from the front and carried out a impressive performance throughout the tournament. Rajasthan Royals is the first IPL team who first confirmed their semi final berth in the tournament with few matches left in the tournament. Rajasthan recorded 11 victories against three defeats in the group stage of IPL 2008. Shane Watson had a huge contribution to the success of Rajasthan with both bat and bowl. Yusuf Pathan has been successful with his big hitting. In bowling, Rajasthan received an excellent service from Pakistani left hand pacer Sohail Tanvir and Captain Shane Warne. Though Rajasthan ended the group stage with a defeat in the last match against Kings XI Punjab, Rajasthan is still most favorite in the title run of IPL 2008 tournament.
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab did not have a good start in the tournament, but Punjab gradually regained their form with the tournament approaching. Punjab finished second in the point table with 20 points thanks to 10 victories against four loses in the group stage. In the last match of the tournament, Punjab clinched an inspiration victory over leader Rajasthan Royals. So, they will face Chennai Super Kings with lots of confidence in the second semi final of the tournament.
For Kings XI Punjab, Shaun Marsh is the best performer with his devastating batting and he is currently the leading run scorer in the tournament with 593 runs. For bowling, Sreesanth, Piyush Chawla and Irfan Pathan all played very well to help Punjab progress to the semi final. Though Captain Yuvraj Singh is yet to come back with his prime form, it is expected that Kiings XI Punjab will be throw a big challenge for Chennai in the semi final.