Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab
27/09/2020 at 14:00 GMT
Having won their previous games comfortably, both teams seem to be in great form. Both RR and KXIP are well balanced teams and are desperate to perform. Both captains Stevan Smith and K L Rahul are in amazing form and are setting examples for their teams. It will be a contest to watch out for.
RR looks very comfortable and composed in their first outing. Smith was in a great nick. He has all the shots in the world and the good thing about him is he looks to play straight without taking much of a risk. Sanju Samson has always been a key player for RR and he played a gem of an inning in their first match against CSK. He looked so comfortable. Although Curan and Chahar were bowling at him at 100 miles an hour he made it look like he had all the time in the world to play his shots. His approach was quite unbelievable.
The bowling department doesn’t pose any worry for RR. Rahul Tewatia bowled quite beautifully. RR can believe in him completely to produce breakthroughs when they are in need of one. Archer looks in good rhythm and the boy can hit the ball the harder. His last minute miracle was a game changer against CSK. Jofra’s hitting was not fluke as he has been quite instrumental in domestic cricket and for England. RR can’t ignore Rahane for a long time and we may see him in the squad for tomorrow. He will bring stability in their batting order. Rahane must deliver if he gets a chance. There is fierce competition and it's now or never for Rahane.
RR needs to be a little more watchful initially and they can take on bowlers in the last few overs. If RR decided to bat first and Steve Smith stays till the end we will have a 200+ runs game.
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Kings XI Punjab
If 2018 IPL belonged to Suniel Narine then 2020 could be K L Rahul’s. The current orange cap holder is in great form. He bats with ease and plays so effortlessly. Captain is leading and telling his team mates how it is to be done. Mayank Agarwal is also in good form. He has all the shots in the world. KXIP were a little unlucky in their first game and they got quickly over with that “short run” episode. Thanks to their captain K L Rahul, who is a well composed and calm captain, who is having a plan for all situations.
KXIP rely heavily on Mohamad Shami and so far he has delivered for his team and his captain. Tomorrow is a new game for KXIP as Smith and co. are fierce palm groove hitters against any fast bowling attack in the world. Murgan Ashwin may be a surprise package for this game. KXIP think tank may consider playing Mujeeb as well, who is a wicket taker and someone who can slow down the tempo of the game.
Overall we have a great match in prospect. Both teams stand equal opportunities. The team batting first will have an advantage here as chasing will be difficult on this surface. The wicket is almost flat, so we can expect a flurry of runs. On paper KXIP is a better team than RR, but we may never know. It depends on how both teams approach their game and stick to their plans throughout the game. KXIP has a little edge over RR, but we may never know. That's T20 and IPL in particular all about.
Rajasthan Royals To Win the Match, 1.90
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