Rajasthan Royals will take on Kings XI Punjab on Thursday (October 29) at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi in the 50th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
Rajasthan Royals registered an emphatic win against Mumbai Indians by chasing a mammoth 196 runs target, but they are still lying at second last position in the points table with 10 points. They will have to win against KXIP although the task looks difficult.
Here, let’s take a look at Rajasthan Royals predicted XI:
1. Robin Uthappa:
After playing a good knock against RCB, Robin Uthappa has not managed to set the stage on fire for Rajasthan Royals. Although after promoting him as the opener, RR has solved their batting order problem.
The veteran will look to play a big knock against Kings XI Punjab and set a good base for his side.
2. Ben Stokes:
After going a lot of criticism, Ben Stokes finally bounced back stronger against Mumbai Indians. The allrounder demolished MI’s attack with his aggressive batting, scoring the maiden hundred of IPL 2020. Rajasthan Royals will expect him to play a similar knock against KXIP.
3. Sanju Samson:
Sanju Samson has also impressed with his half-century and also for stitching a match-winning partnership with Ben Stokes to guide the team to unbelievable victory. The wicketkeeper-batsman will try to maintain the momentum against KXIP as well.
4. Steve Smith (c):
Rajasthan Royals captain Steve Smith scored only 19 and 11 runs in the last two matches respectively. Apart from his batting, he has also criticized for his captaincy He would look to redeem against XP.
5. Jos Buttler:
Jos Buttler didn’t get the opportunity to bat in the last match because Sanju Samson and Ben Stokes finished the job for the team. But in the last couple of matches, he has not been able to score runs because of pressure on him to take the team across the line.
6. Rahul Tewatia:
Rahul Tewatia has impressed with his all-round performance. He is the only biggest positive for the team in the last matches. The allrounder is a hard-hitting batsman while has got the knack of picking wickets and also an excellent fielder. He is a vital cog for Rajasthan Royals this season. So, his position in the playing XI is unquestionable.
Riyan Parag proved his mettle with the bat against SRH by stitching up a match-winning partnership with Rahul Tewatia. The youngster played a sensible knock and took the team across the line to seal the win for Rajasthan Royals.
8. Jofra Archer:
Jofra Archer is playing as the allrounder for the team. He has got the runs for the team with his power-hitting while he is the master with the ball. The pacer is the leading wicket-taker for them, picking 17 wickets in 12 matches at the economy rate of 6.75. With the bat, he has scored 107 runs at the staggering strike rate of 193.61.
9. Shreyas Gopal:
Against MI, the spinner got the two crucial wickets of Suryakumar Yadav and Kieron Pollard. However, it could not halt MI to get on the nerve of the Rajasthan Royals. Shreyas Gopal will look to give early breakthroughs to them against KXIP.
10. Kartik Tyagi:
The 19-year-old pacer has impressed with his performance. He has snared seven wickets in the last eight matches, including the prize wicket of Virat Kohli. The fast bowler is having a good season, and the Rajasthan Royals will expect him to continue giving them breakthroughs.
11. Jaydev Undakat:
Javdev Unadkat is probably the weak link of the Rajasthan Royals. He is an expensive bowler, but the franchise has not many options to replace him in the playing XI. In seven matches, he has picked up four wickets at the poor economy rate of 9.91.