Rajsthan Royal(RR) face Kings XI Punjab(KXIP ) Indain Premier League(IPL)2020 match 9 at At Sharjah Cricket Stadium,Sharjah UAE.
Confidence-boosting win in their respective last matches, KXIP and RR are set to clash in a contest of two historic underperformers. Despite the one-sided results in their last game, both teams have a few boxes to tick
Two one-man shows with the bat for Punjab have formed contrasting results so far. In their opening match against Delhi, a gutsy counter-attack from Mayank Agarwal brought them to the brink of an unlikely victory. It came after all the ‘big shows’ around him faltered. Had Agarwal poke a single in addition to the 89 runs he scored, his innings would have been among the ones to remember years later.
KL Rahul is becoming India’s most complete T20 batsman. The quality of his shots, the balance at the time of contact, the penchant for playing big innings is turning him into a giant of the shortest format of the game. With an innings of 132*- the highest by an Indian in IPL
Rajasthan will be boosted by the return of Jos Buttler, who will slot right into the role of an opener, with Steve Smith stressing on his stupendous record at the top. Skipper Smith got some important game-time in the middle against CSK for his 47-ball 69. RR will have some thinking to do given the lack of a power-hitter in the lower-middle order with Ben Stokes’s absence. Rajasthan Royals really did have control over CSK in their previous game. Smith was in fine nick and Sanju Samson once.
Probable Kings XI Punjab (KXIP )XI: 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.
Probable Rajsthan Royal(RR) XI: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (wk), Steve Smith (c), Robin Uthappa, Rahul Tewatia, Tom Curran, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat