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RR vs KXIP – Who will win??
Match Info: Rajasthan vs Punjab
Date – Sunday, 27th September 2020
Time – 07:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT, 6.00 PM Local.
Venue – Sharjah International Stadium, Sharjah
Average 1st Innings Score – 149 Runs
Average 2nd Innings Score – 131 Runs
Predicted Playing XI:
Rajasthan Royals – Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat.
Kings XI Punjab – KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, James Neesham, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammad Shami, Sheldon Cottrell.
Super Sunday clash on the way of the IPL fans, the ninth match of the Indian Premier League season 2020 is played between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab at Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Both the teams of this encounter have won their last match. So they will be high on confidence when they take on each other on Sunday. RR defeated Dhoni’s CSK army while Kings XI Punjab stole the show from Virat’s RCB.
This match is played on the smaller ground. Sharjah is a smaller ground when it is compared to Dubai or Abu Dhabi. It will be easy to smash sixes on this ground. Sanju Samson showed his pure class against CSK in the last match, which was played at this venue.
RR – Rajasthan Royals – Team’s Preview
Rajasthan won their first encounter in style against a good team of CSK. The batsmen won the game for them. Sanju Samson and Steve Smith put the CSK bowlers all over the park, and then the bowlers did well to restrict CSK for 200 runs. Although Dhoni smashed three sixes in the last over, still RR won that game by 16 runs.
Now RR will aim to win this game to sit with Delhi Capitals at the top of the points table. DC also won their first two matches in this tournament so far. For Rajasthan, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, and Jos Buttler will be the vital players at the top order.
Against CSK, Jos Buttler missed that match. He will now be back to open the innings with young Yashashvi Jaiswal, who failed to make a good impression on his first-ever outing in the Indian Premier League. Jaiswal is expected to start well in their second game.
Steve Smith opened the innings in their first game. He is the new skipper of Rajasthan Royals for this season, and he led them from the front. Smith played a good knock against CSK. He was the one who allowed Sanju Samson to play his natural, attacking game against Dhoni’s team. Smith kept his wicket intact at the other end, and the other batters batted around him.
But Smith didn’t waste a lot of deliveries. He also attacked the bowlers of CSK and kept the momentum going in the match. But now, when Buttler returns to the playing XI, Smith will bat at number 3 position. In T20s, Buttler can do the damage in the first six overs. Smith has seen that in the T20I series, which Australia lost recently by 2-1 margin.
Buttler single-handedly can do the damage do the opposition team, and he is a pure asset to the team. He can guide his team through the challenging run chases as an opening batsman. This high-quality T20 player from England will do wonders again for the double R’s.
The bowling unit of RR looked fine in the last match. With Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Undakat, and Rahul Tewatia, these bowlers will be expected to give the same performance against KXIP as well. Even though Tom Curran had a bad day against CSK. But RR won’t drop him from the XI.
If RR decides to drop Tom, they have Miller who can finish the game for them. Buttler at the top and Miller in the number 5 position will make their batting look strong, and then, they might not pick Robin Uthappa in the middle order.
Instead of Robin Uthappa, RR can include a pace-bowling option of Karthik Tyagi or Ankit Rajpoot, which might help them with an extra bowling option in this match. They can also try including Andrew Tye in their playing XI, which will not allow Miller. But still, they will have Robin Uthappa in their middle order.
Tye was with Kings XI Punjab till the last season. He has the variations which can trouble the batsmen, and his ability to bowl the Yorkers at will makes him an outstanding bowler in the shortest format. Australia didn’t include him for the T20I series and ODI series in England. But he should be in the playing XI instead of Tom Curran just because Tye can do the damage which Curran failed to do with the ball.
KXIP – Kings XI Punjab – Team’s Preview
KL Rahul’s KXIP will be very confident after their win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their second match. After losing their first encounter with Delhi Capitals, KXIP bounced back well and won the game against RCB by 97 runs.
KXIP needed that win, and that’s why their captain was required to step up in that match. KL Rahul’s unbeaten 132 runs made the Kings victorious, and it also broke many IPL records. Even after their big win, they will need someone like Chris Gayle in their playing XI.
Nicholas Pooran didn’t make any mark in the two games which he has played. KXIP will have to include a middle-order batsman or Chris Gayle at the top order. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul make good opening pair. Agarwal scored a fighting knock of 89 runs against DC in their first game.
If KXIP includes Gayle, then Mayank Agarwal can bat at number 3 position, Karun Nair at number 4, and Maxwell at number 5 position. Then they have James Neesham and Sarfaraz Khan to finish off the innings for them. They can play the finishing roles for the Punjab team in this match.
Including Gayle will help them to start well in their innings. The Universal Boss will make more impact on a flat wicket and a smaller ground like Sharjah. But even if Gayle is in the squad, KXIP will need runs from the middle order.
Glenn Maxwell was the highest run-scorer for Punjab when the 2014 season was held in UAE. Now his bat has gone silent. If KXIP wants to replicate its 2014 feat, then Maxwell needs to have a good tournament.
The bowling looked good for Punjab in the game against RCB. Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin did well in that game. Now KXIP will want them to replicate their same bowling form against RR as well. But the load on Shami should become less, and for that, Cottrell and Neesham will have to perform consistently for KXIP.
It’s a close margin for RR and KXIP. In 19 matches played till now between the two sides, RR has won 10 games, and KXIP has won 9 IPL games. The KXIP team has every chance of winning their 10th match and equal their record against RR. The last time when these two met in an IPL match, KXIP won that encounter 12 runs.
Who will win – RR vs KXIP??
Toss Prediction – KXIP will win the Toss
Match Prediction – KXIP will win the Match
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