IPL 2020: KXIP vs RR, Punjab’s challenge can be over Rajasthan, Match Preview

Sharjah: In the IPL 2020, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) challenge will be in front of Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Sharjah Cricket Ground today. While Punjab had defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) badly in their last match, Rastan had won the first match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). This season, both teams are showing good games, in such a situation, a tough competition can be seen between the two.

In his last match, Punjab captain Lokesh Rahul had a bat. He scored an unbeaten 132-run innings to take the team beyond 200. After this, the bowlers had piled up the strong batting order of the Challengers for just 109 runs. Both the team’s batting to bowling went on against Bangalore. The team management will also hope that in the match against Rajasthan, this team will perform the same kind of joint performance as it did against Bangalore.

If there is any concern for the team, then Nicholas Pooran and Glenn Maxwell do not run in the middle order. Both have not been able to do anything special with the bat so far. Due to this, there is a possibility of a change which team management can make. Karun Nair has also not been able to leave much impact. In the first match, he was out cheaply, in the second match, he came in the end and made some good shots and supported Rahul.

Punjab’s bowling has been good in both matches so far. Mohammed Shami has led the team well in fast bowling. Here, Sheldon Cottrell supported him well in both matches. In the last match, Jimmy Neesham only got a chance to throw two overs, but the role of talent in him is very important.

At the same time, in the spin, Ravi Bishnoi is seen making new stars of the team. As a special strategy against Bangalore, coach Anil Kumble adopted the policy of two leg-spinners and also fielded Murugan Ashwin along with Bishnoi. His strategy worked. Now it has to be seen whether he maintains it or changes against Rajasthan.

However, Punjab bowlers do not need to take Rajasthan marginally in any situation because in their first match, they did well against Chennai Super Kings.

If the last match of Rajasthan is seen, then the bat of Sanju Samson and captain Steve Smith spoke fiercely. But before and after these two, no other batsman could score.

Young Yashasvi Jaiswal was dismissed cheaply in her first match. Veteran Robin Uthappa, David Miller was also disappointed. The situation was that if Jofra Archer did not hit four sixes in the last over, then the team would not have been able to score 200 runs by ruining the start of Sanju and Smith. In such a situation, he has to be more vigilant in front of the balanced bowling attack of Punjab.

Apart from this, there is concern for the team even when it comes to bowling. Except Archer, no other bowler was effective in the first match. Rahul Tewatiya took the wicket at the crucial time and confirmed the victory of the team, but he was also a spendthrift. Jaydev Unadkat, Tom Kurain, Shreyas Gopal had the same situation. So all these will need to bowl more restrained against Punjab batsmen.

Rajasthan Royals : Steve Smith (Captain), Ankit Rajput, Ben Stokes, Joffra Archer, Jose Butler, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Ryan Parag, Sanju Samson, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, Karthik Tyagi, David Miller, Oshane Thomas, Anirudh Joshi, Andrew Tye, Tom Curran.

Kings xi punjab : Lokesh Rahul (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Puran, Krishnappa Gautam, Chris Jordan, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Arshadip Singh, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Hardas Vijolane, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brarar, Mujib ur Rehman, Darshan Nalakande, Jimmy Neesham, Ishaan Porel, Simran Singh, Jagdish Suchit, Tejinder Singh.

(Input-IANS)

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