The Rajasthan Royals are all set to take on the Kings XI Punjab at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. This game, in particular, matters a lot for both sides as both these sides are on the brink of qualifying for the playoffs. The performance of both Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals has been up and down this season.
But talking about Kings XI Punjab’s performance, in particular, they have finally peaked as now they have won 5 matches on the trot. On the bank of some serious performances by players like Chris Gayle, Chris Jordan, Arshdeep Singh and Mandeep Singh Punjab have managed to pull of all these five matches.
On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals more or less have been knocked out of the playoffs contention but will rely upon other results to go their way if they have the slightest chance of qualifying for the playoffs this season. Ben Stokes who scored a century in the last game against Mumbai Indians will look to peak again and try to replicate the same against KXIP. Whereas Rahul Tewatia will also be looking to replicate what he did the last time Rajasthan Royals faced Kings XI Punjab as he smashed Sheldon Cottrell for five sixes in an over to pull the match back in the favour of Rajasthan Royals.
With the match expected to be a close encounter between the two just like the last match, Let’s take a look at the five key players to watch out for in the game.
Let’s take a look at the 5 key players to watch out for when Kings Xi Punjab lock horns with Rajasthan Royals at Abu Dhabi
1. KL Rahul
KXIP Skipper KL Rahul has been in tremendous form since the 2019 summer, consistent and unstoppable. Given the Captain’s responsibility for his side this year, he has taken it with grace and performs brave upfront. Under his leadership Kings XI Punjab now pose a serious chance of qualifying for the playoffs as they’ve already won five matches on the troth.
In addition to his emergent success as Kings XI Punjab’s captain, KL Rahul has been named as India’s vice-captain in the absence of Rohit Sharma for the tour of Australia.