Its Sunday in IPL 2020 and Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab will lock horns at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah. Both teams are coming from the back of a win and will look to continue to winning ways. We bring you today’s match prediction from the game between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab.
Punjab will be high on confidence after skipper KL Rahul’s unbeaten 132 from 69 deliveries with contributions from Mayank Agarwal and Glenn Maxwell. The bowlers also executed their plans against the likes of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli.
Both Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin were impressive returning three wickets apiece; and with Sheldon Cottrell and Mohammed Shami in good rhythm, they look like an attack to reckon with. They will hope to deliver the goods once again as Kings XI Punjab will look to make it two wins.
Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals will receive Jos Buttler, who will slot right into the role of an opener, with Steve Smith stressing on his stupendous record at the top. However, Rajasthan will have to sort their finisher’s problem given the absence of ace all-rounder Ben Stokes.
It will be an exciting duel to watch when Jofra Archer shares the new ball against in-form KL Rahul. The Punjab skipper so far has dominated that battle, having scored 58 runs off 34 balls against Archer, with the pacer yet to scalp the opener. Also, leg-spinners Rahul Tewatia and Shreyas Gopal will have a role to play after a good game against Chennai Super Kings.
IPL 2020: Match 9 – Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab at 7:30 PM IST on September 27 (Sunday) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Dew can once again play a role in Sunday’s encounter and the team winning the toss will look to field first. The slow boundaries will also not aid the bowlers with the first match seeing over 400 runs being scored.
Predicted Playing XI
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (c/w), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle/Nicholas Pooran, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell, Jimmy Neesham, Murugan Ashwin, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami.
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (wk), Steve Smith (c), Robin Uthappa, Rahul Tewatia, Tom Curran, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat
Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals – Match Prediction
Nothing to separate between Punjab and Rajasthan when these two teams have faced each other so far in IPL. It will be an exciting clash when the ball roll in Sharjah.
Despite both teams at even stevens, it is likely that Punjab can win the encounter and go up in the points table.