IPL 2020: Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Preview, Probable XI, Head-to-Head, Fantasy 11 and Match Prediction

After winning their previous respective encounters, Rajasthan Royals will lock horns against Kings XI Punjab on September 27 in match 9 of IPL 2020.

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RR vs KXIP IPL 2020

Rajasthan Royals will host Kings XI Punjab in match 9 of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Steve Smith-led side will square off against KL Rahul’s army on September 27 (Sunday) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah. This game is set to offer a treat to all T20 cricket fans out there as Sharjah always turns out to host a high-scoring match.

Rajasthan Royals

Rajasthan Royals had a perfect start in this edition after a comprehensive win over Chennai Super Kings in their first match. Sanju Samson emerged as their star player with his terrific knock of 74 runs off just 32 deliveries. Skipper Steve Smith also has some runs under his belt early in the season.

To add further strength to their batting line-up, English wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler finished his mandatory quarantine period and will make a comeback to the RR side. This will mean an unlucky exit for David Miller, who had an unfortunate last game.

Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab made the much-needed comeback in their last game against Royal Challenger Bangalore with a brilliant knock from skipper KL Rahul. His 132* broke various records as he single-handed took the game away from the opponents. 

KXIP looks like one of the most balanced sides in this tournament, and will most likely play with the same playing XI. The only lucrative option ahead of them is to play Chris Gayle instead of Nicholas Pooran after consecutive failures from the latter.

Match Details

Date: September 27, 2020

Time: 7:30 PM onwards (IST)

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Squads

Rajasthan Royals Squad

Steven Smith (C), Sanju Samson (WK), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler (WK), Robin Uthappa, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, David Miller, Varun Aaron, Aniruddha Joshi, Manan Vohra, Ankit Rajpoot, Andrew Tye, Shashank Singh, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Mayank Markande, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh

Kings XI Punjab Squad

KL Rahul (C&WK), Karun Nair, Mohammed Shami, Nicholas Pooran, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Hardus Viljoen, Darshan Nalkande, Sarfaraz Khan, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Murugan Ashwin, K Gowtham, J Suchith, Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, James Neesham, Chris Jordan, Tajinder Dhillon, Prabhsimran Singh, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar, Murugan Ashwin

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Ideal Playing XIs

Rajasthan Royals Playing XI

  • Jos Buttler (WK)
  • Yashasvi Jaiswal
  • Steve Smith (C)
  • Sanju Samson
  • Robin Uthappa
  • Riyan Parag
  • Jofra Archer
  • Tom Curran
  • Shreyas Gopal
  • Rahul Tewatia
  • Jaydev Unadkat

Kings XI Punjab Playing XI

  • KL Rahul (C&WK)
  •  Mayank Agarwal
  • Nicholas Pooran/Chris Gayle
  •  Glenn Maxwell
  •  Karun Nair
  • Sarfaraz Khan
  • James Neesham
  • Murugan Ashwin
  •  Ravi Bishnoi
  • Sheldon Cottrell
  • Mohammed Shami

Head-to-Head

Total matches played: 19

RR won: 10

KXIP won: 9

No Result: 0

Tie: 0

Fantasy XI

Wicket-keepers:

  • KL Rahul (C)
  • Sanju Samson (VC)
  • Jos Buttler

Batsmen:

  • Mayank Agarwal
  • Steve Smith
  • Yashasvi Jaiswal

All-rounders:

  • Rahul Tewatia

Bowlers:

  • Mohammed Shami
  • Ravi Bishnoi
  • Murugan Ashwin
  • Jofra Archer

Key Players:

Kings Eleven Punjab: KL Rahul, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Shami

Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer

Match Prediction

As earlier mentioned, this game will turn out to be a close encounter as both the teams look really strong. But with the addition of Jos Buttler in the side, RR’s batting unit looks even more lethal now and will start as the favourites to clinch this game.

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