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IPL 2019, KXIP vs RR preview: Jos Buttler-powered Royals look to condemn Kings XI to hat-trick of defeats

His typically explosive 89 in their previous match against Mumbai Indians helped Rajasthan Royals suffer a dramatic collapse at the end of the innings and win by four wickets. His dramatic and controversial dismissal by Ravichandran Ashwin earlier in the season in Jaipur triggered a collapse that saw RR go from 108/1 to 170/9 and thus losing the match by 14 runs. The only other match which Rajasthan won was against RCB, in which Buttler again played a key role, hitting 59 runs when his team was chasing a target of 159. In their previous match, they became the first this season to lose to Royal Challengers Bangalore and before that was a defeat away from home to MI. They thus come into this match looking to avoid a hat-trick of defeats and slip further behind in the race for the playoffs that will soon heat up considering we are into the second half of the group stage.

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