The IPL 2020 season, the 13th edition of the cash-rich cricket league has its 9th matchday on 27th September when Rajasthan Royals will take on Kings XI Punjab at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Rajasthan Royals landed a spectacular performance in their victory against CSK on Tuesday, putting up a score of 216. Both Sanju Samson and the skipper Steve Smith produced blistering knocks that helped their total go past the double century mark.
Rahul Tewatia was the stunner of the RR bowling squad, who picked triple scalps in the last game. Jofra Archer was equally impressive with both bat and the ball, knocking four sixes along with the wicket of Faf du Plessis.
Full Squad: Steve Smith (c), Jofra Archer, David Miller, Robin Uthappa (wk), Ben Stokes, Riyan Parag, Sanju Samson (wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Mayank Markande, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Aniruddha Joshi, Andrew Tye, Tom Curran, Oshane Thomas, Anuj Rawat, Shreyas Gopal, Shashank Singh, Rahul Tewatia, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh.
Kings XI Punjab
Coming from a loss against DC, Kings XI Punjab went all out against RCB on Thursday. The captain KL Rahul scored the first century of IPL 2020, scoring a mesmerising 132-off-69 unbeaten, which helped their score propel past 200.
The amazing defence from the KXIP bowlers saw a whopping 97 run victory against RCB. Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin were the stars of KXIP’s bowling squad, picking three wickets each. Sheldon Cottrell secured two scalps, and economic figures were seen from Mohammed Shami and Glenn Maxwell.
Full squad: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Deepak Hooda, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Jordan, James Neesham, Tajinder Singh, Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Murugan Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Krishnappa Gowtham, Jagadeesha Suchith, Ravi Bishnoi, Hardus Viljoen, Darshan Nalkande, Arshdeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell, Ishan Porel.
Waging odds: Rajasthan Royals (1.85) vs Kings XI Punjab (1.90)
Rajasthan Royals are the waging favourites and are priced at 1.85, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win tomorrow, you’ll be making ₹185.
Kings XI Punjab are priced at 1.90 and are the underdogs. Betting ₹100 on them will earn you ₹190 if they snatch a victory tomorrow.
Both teams have produced stupendous batting performance in their last games and will give a tough fight against each other, and the next match undoubtedly will be a very neck to neck battle.
While Ben Stoke’s return is still in doubt, the Smith-Samson duo is expected to click again, while Miller will try to put up a good knock. Although, their bowling squad needs to be more defensive against the KXIP batting squad.
On the other hand, KXIP cannot depend on Rahul’s batting alone to face the RR bowling squad, and other batsmen need to provide partnership to their skipper. However, their bowling squad’s amazing performance last match will give them an edge. It will be a close victory for Kings XI Punjab.