Two of the strongest looking sides this season look to take that top spot on offer, as Rajasthan Royals get set to face off the Kings XI Punjab at Sharjah on Sunday. It is bound to be another run fest as the short Sharjah boundaries will yet again be nothing short of a graveyard for bowlers. With KL Rahul hitting form in the last game and Jos Buttler set to start, the contest becomes pretty much even with both sides looking equally balanced on paper. The RR vs KXIP My11Circle teams are bound to hinge in batsmen's favour as bowlers are not very likely to have a say in this one.
Match 9, IPL 2020
Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab
Sunday 27 September, 7:30 PM IST
TV: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar App
Rajasthan Royals welcome back Jos Buttler, which leaves space for only one of David Miller or Tom Curran. The rest of their side already looks pretty settled and should remain unaltered.
RR Predicted XI
Steven Smith (C)
Sanju Samson (WK)
Tom Curran/David Miller
Kings XI Punjab look very strong from the outset, but they do have a small problem of their own. Nicholas Pooran failed yet again, which gives Punjab one more reason to turn to Mr. Universe, Chris Gayle. If they are to try the ageing beast, Sharjah is probably their best bet to give him a go.
SRH Predicted XI
KL Rahul (C & WK)
Chris Gayle/Nicholas Pooran
Let's look at the IPL 2020 RR vs KXIP My11Circle Prediction now followed by a few stats and observations explaining each pick
WK: Sanju Samson, KL Rahul (VC), Jos Buttler (C)
BAT: Chris Gayle/Tom Curran, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Mayank Agarwal, Steven Smith
ALL: Glenn Maxwell
BLR: Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Jofra Archer
SUBS: Murugan Ashwin(S4), James Neesham(S3), Sheldon Cottrell(S2), Tom Curran(S1)
We are going in with as many as 3 wicket-keepers, which includes our captain and vice-captain for RAJ vs PUN My11Circle Team. There is a certain hype around Jos Buttler, and the numbers will tell you why. He scored 311 runs in just 8 innings in IPL 2019 scoring at a strike rate of 152. He was in top form against Australia in the two T20Is that he played, and will look to keep that going in the IPL. KL Rahul played a record-breaking innings against RCB in the last game and he will be rearing to keep his form going as well. Then comes Sanju Samson, who we do expect to continue with his rich form and exploit the short boundaries in Sharjah.
If Chris Gayle plays today, he is bound to score big. If he doesn’t play, we suggest users to start Tom Curran in his place. Keeping Sharjah’s short boundaries in context, Gayle’s miscued shots are also expected to clear the fence. Yashasvi Jaiswal didn’t manage to impress in the first game, but we do stick to him basis his potential, and what he showed the world in the U-19 World Cup. Steve Smith showed exactly why he is one of world’s best batsman by scoring a fluent 69 off just 45 deliveries. Having played at Sharjah already, he will probably be firing up earlier than the last game. Mayank Agarwal hit some mighty blows in the first game, and come Sunday, he will be set to give Kings XI Punjab another blistering start.
Only one all-rounder in the team due to the batting heavy conditions expected tonight. Glenn Maxwell, after failing to deliver anything substantial in the first two games, will be desperate to get going, and Sharjah's batting paradise could just be the perfect stage for him to do that. If Chris Gayle doesn’t start, we recommend starting Tom Curran, who may slightly be expensive with the ball, but will be expected to pick up a wicket or two.
Ravi Bishnoi has an economy of 6.75. Jofra Archer has an economy of 6.50. Mohammad Shami, arguably the best bowler of IPL 2020 so far, has conceded at 4.14 runs an over. The numbers are definitely bound to go up, but these 3 are the prime challengers to batsmen who are looking to make merry on this batting paradise. Jofra Archer's fiery 4 overs will be the most challenging time for Punjab’s batting line-up, while for Rajasthan, it will have to be Mohammad Shami's 4 overs. Ravi Bishnoi will be the key man trying to plug in a wicket or two in the middle overs and slow thing down a bit. He will be taken to the fence occasionally, but is expected to be better than the rest of the lot.
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