The Rajasthan Royals (RR) will be back in action as they take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. The Royals are on the back of a 16-run- win over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and displayed a terrific batting performance by scored 216 for the fall of seven wickets in the first innings. Quick fire fifties from Sanju Samson and Steve Smith paved the way for Rajasthan to start off their campaign on a positive note. Meanwhile, the Kings XI Punjab bounced back from their heart-breaking defeat to the Delhi Capitals (DC) by thumping the Royal Challengers Bangalore through a 97-run-victory. It was the KL Rahul show as he smashed a knock of 132* from 69 deliveries and played a major role in bagging maximum points. With both RR and KXIP fresh from wins, we can expect the upcoming fixture to be a cracker of a contest. Here’s a list of a few key players who can have a say in the game.
The skipper of the Kings XI Punjab was seen at his usual best as he smashed RCB all over the park and ended up scoring a blistering knock of 132* from just 69 deliveries. KL Rahul has now scored 153 runs from his first two games of the IPL this season, and will by all means be contending for the orange cap.
Highest Score: 132
Highest Score: 102*
The spearhead fast bowler of Punjab has been in terrific rhythmic form. Shami has looked as sharp and fit as ever. The pace has scalped four wickets from the last first two games of the season and is thriving in confidence going ahead. Another name who will be contending for the purple cap this time around.
Best Figures: 3/18
The specialist fast bowler has been one of the trump cards for the Rajasthan Royals in recent times. Archer has picked up 27 wickets from 22 games but it was his big hitting that stood out in the last game versus CSK. The English cricketer smashed 27* from just eight balls in the final over, which included four sixes in a row over Lungi Ngidi’s bowling.
Best Figures: 3/15
Jos Butler: The wicket keeper batsman wasn’t a part of the Rajasthan Royals squad versus CSK but is now back and rearing to go. Butler has struck 1386 runs from 45 IPL appearances with a strike rate of 150 and also has nine fifties to his name.
Ravi Bishnoi: The 19-year-old leg spinner is turning out to be quite an asset for Kings. Bishnoi has scalped four wickets from his first two appearances in the IPL, with his best coming against RCB as he picked up three wickets 32 runs from his four over spell.
RR vs KXIP Dream11 Expected Playing 11:
Robin Uthappa, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (wk), Steve Smith (c), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat.
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (c)(wk), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Chris Gayle/Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, James Neesham, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell.
RR vs KXIP Dream11 Match Details:
Teams: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab
Date: 27 September, Sunday
Venue: Sharjah Stadium