RR vs KKR Star Wars: Sanju Samson vs Kuldeep Yadav

The 13th match of the Indian Premier League season, between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders, pits two youngsters whose performances could have a massive bearing on the end result. Their head to head battle is another point of intrigue.

Sanju Samson has made a dream start to the season, sitting atop the run-scorers list with 178 runs in three innings. The signs suggest he may not be a flash in the pan after all.

Against the quality bowling attacks of Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Daredevils, Samson didn't look out of place and lifted his team from a spot of bother early on, though he will have been disappointed to be dismissed for scores (49 and 37) that didn't do enough for his team. Against Royal Challengers Bangalore, he imposed himself on the opposition and played shots that were greatly productive and pleasing to the eye.

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In Kuldeep Yadav, Samson goes up against a spinner who, like his spin twin in the national side (Yuzvendra Chahal), hasn't been at his best so far. Kuldeep has an economy rate of 8.62.

Samson is another batsman who is capable of testing Kuldeep's credentials. The Kerala batsman plays the spinners from the hand and has the repertoire to get on top of a mystery spinner like Kuldeep.