RR vs KXIP Fantasy Prediction: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab – 27 September 2020 (Sharjah)
Rajasthan Royals will take on Kings XI Punjab in the first match of IPL 2020 aka Indian Premier League which will be played at the Sharjah International Stadium in Sharjah. A run-fest can be assured in this game considering the form of their top-order players.
Rajasthan Royals started the campaign on a high against the Chennai Super Kings on this very ground. Sanju Samson and Steve Smith were at their very best in the last game and the arrival of Jos Buttler will make this batting line-up more lethal. The team needs to improve in their fast-bowling line-up though. Royals were brilliant in their last game and would like to stamp their authority in this game as well.
Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, won their last game convincingly against the RCB after facing a close defeat in their first game. KL Rahul scored the first century of IPL 2020 in the last game and the surface here will favour him for sure. The bowling line-up of Punjab has been absolutely top-notch whereas they have been struggling in the middle-order. Punjab would like to continue their momentum in this game as well.
Pitch Report – The small dimensions of this ground will again play a huge part in this game and we can expect runs flowing co nsidering the quality of batsmen in this game.
Match Details :
Time:- 7.30 PM, Live on Star Sports Network
Probable XI for both sides:-
Rajasthan Royals – Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat.
Kings XI Punjab – KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Karun Nair, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, Jimmy Neesham, Murugan Ashwin, Sheldon Cottrell, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi.
Clean-Hitters in the Team
Rajasthan Royals – Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, and Sanju Samson.
Kings XI Punjab – KL Rahul and Glenn Maxwell.
Death Overs Specialist Bowlers
Rajasthan Royals – Jofra Archer and Tom Curran.
Kings XI Punjab – Mohammad Shami and Sheldon Cottrell.
5 Must-Have Players in the Squad
KL Rahul, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Steve Smith, and Jofra Archer.
RR vs KXIP Team Wicket-Keeper
KL Rahul (Price 10.5), Jos Buttler (Price 10.5), and Sanju Samson (Price 9.5) will be the wicket-keepers of our squad. Rahul stamped his authority in the tournament by scoring a brilliant hundred in the last game and the dimensions of this ground can make him an unstoppable force to reckon with whereas Samson also dominated the spinners in the last game on this very ground. He played an outstanding inning of 74 runs and was hitting the ball really beautifully. Buttler, on the other hand, will be playing his first game of the tournament and he will enjoy playing on this belter of a wicket. Jos has already proved his form in the T20I series against Australia. This trio can rip apart the bowlers on this track and just cannot be dropped.
RR vs KXIP Team Batsmen
Steve Smith (Price 10) and Yashasvi Jaiswal (Price 8) will be our batsmen from the Rajasthan Royals. Smith is absolutely a gem of a player and he proved his class in the last game by scoring 69 runs as an opener. He will bat in the middle-order in this game and will be a huge asset in this game as well whereas Jaiswal failed in the last game but he is a really good player of the white-ball and will help in managing the credits of this game as well.
Mayank Agarwal (Price 9) will be our batsman from the Kings XI Punjab. Mayank has been batting well for his side and is playing with a great technique. He has scored 115 runs in the tournament so far and will be a big asset in this game as well.
RR vs KXIP Team All-Rounders
Rahul Tewatia (Price 8.5) will be our all-rounder from the Rajasthan Royals. Tewatia is a brilliant spinner and he displayed his class in the last game by picking three wickets and staying economical as well on this batting-friendly ground. He will be a definite pick for this game as well.
Glenn Maxwell (Price 9) will be our all-rounder from the Kings XI Punjab. Maxwell has been really poor so far in the tournament but the dimensions of this ground and the pitch will certainly suit his style of play. He even picked a wicket in the last game and will be a good option on this track.
RR vs KXIP Team Bowlers
Jofra Archer (Price 9) will be our bowler from the Rajasthan Royals. Archer is one of the best white-ball bowlers around and he bowled a brilliant spell in the last game as well on this very ground whereas his batting was really good as well. He will bowl in the death overs and is a genuine wicket-taker.
Ravi Bishnoi (Price 8) and Murugan Ashwin (Price 8) will be our bowlers from the Kings XI Punjab. Bishnoi has been bowling beautifully and has picked four wickets in the couple of games he has played whereas Ashwin played his first game of the season in the last game and picked three wickets in his bowling. Both of them are wicket-takers and with just 16 credits left, they have to be picked.
Match Prediction: Rajasthan Royals will be the favourites to win this game.
Top Names for the Captaincy Role:-
KL Rahul and Jos Buttler
Top Names for the Vice-Captaincy Role:-
Both the captain’s pick + Sanju Samson and Jofra Archer
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Fantasy Team Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.