Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have turned out to be a brute force to reckon with in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The KL Rahul-led unit have won five matches on the trot and have moved up from the bottom of the points table into the top four.
In their previous contest, the Mohali-based franchise got past the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by eight wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. In their next match, they will be locking horns with the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Friday, October 30 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Punjab will remember what the Royals and Rahul Tewatia did do them last time around, though it was in Sharjah. Going into the game, RR will be high on confidence after beating the Mumbai Indians (MI) at the same venue. A cracker of a game can be expected.
The Chennai Super Kings’ victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday has blown the race for top four positions wide open. Now, Match 50 of IPL 2020 between the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and the Rajasthan Royals (RR) is that much more important, with the winner only making their case for a top-four finish stronger.
The Royals seem to have struck form just in time, however, as they registered an incredible comeback victory against the Mumbai Indians on Sunday. Having been set a target of 196, the Ben Stokes opening experiment finally started to work when Stokes hit an unbeaten 60-ball 107 to lead the Steve Smith-led team to an 8-wicket win in the 19th over of the innings.
The Punjab outfit, on the other hand, come into this game on the back of the best run of form of all teams in the tournament. The Mohali-based franchise have now won five on the trot, and will look to make that six in a bid to bring themselves to within a victory of qualification, after a disastrous start to the tournament.
KXIP vs RR Head to Head
Played- 20 |KXIP won- 9 | RR won- 11 | N/R- 0
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 4 | KXIP won- 2 | RR won- 2 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 165 (17 matches in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 9 | Lost- 8
Match timings – 06:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.
Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.
KXIP vs RR My Dream11 Team
KL Rahul (c and wk), Jos Buttler, Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Mandeep Singh, James Neesham, Tajinder Singh, Chris Jordan, Karun Nair, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Glenn Maxwell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sarfaraz Khan, Sheldon Cottrell, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Darshan Nalkande, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Gayle, Murugan Ashwin, Jagadeesha Suchith, Krishnappa Gowtham, Hardus Viljoen, Simran Singh
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (wk), Andrew Tye, Kartik Tyagi, Steven Smith (c), Ankit Rajpoot, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Riyan Parag, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shashank Singh, Varun Aaron, Tom Curran, Robin Uthappa, Aniruddha Joshi, Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer has been the most important cog in the Royals’ bowling wheel having picked up 17 wickets in his 12 games. While the likes of Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal and Karthik Tyagi have also picked up a few wickets for the team, RR will continue to depend on Archer to pick up wickets at the right moments to power them to a victory against the Kings.
However, given KXIP’s overall team balance and form going into tonight’s game, it becomes difficult to bet against KL Rahul’s men.
Prediction: KXIP to win today’s match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.
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