Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are facing each other at Sharjah Cricket Stadium (Sharjah) in the ninth game of IPL 2020.
Rajasthan Royals are playing their second game of this season. They started their campaign in this tournament on 22nd September when they faced Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at Sharjah. It was the high-scoring match where Steven Smith-led Rajasthan Royals claimed a 16-run victory against CSK.
On the other hand, it is the third match for KL Rahul-led Kings XI Punjab in the IPL 2020. In the second game of this tournament, KXIP started their journey in this tournament when they met Delhi Capitals (DC) at Dubai on 20th September. While that match had the tie result, KXIP suffered a defeat in the Super Over.
However, in their next game of this season, which was against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Dubai, KXIP won by 97 runs and opened their account in the points table of IPL 2020.
Last time, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab faced each other at Mohali on 16th April 2019, where KXIP won by 12 runs. In fact, KXIP won both their matches against RR in the IPL 2019.
IPL 2020, Match 9: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab (RR vs KXIP) – Toss Report
Rajasthan Royals captain Steven Smith won the toss and decided to bowl first. RR made two changes in the playing XI. Jos Buttler and Ankit Rajpoot have replaced Yashasvi Jaiswal and David Miller.
Smith said after winning the toss, “We are gonna bowl. It was a little bit tacky in the first innings last game, that’s the reason we are chasing. After the end of the last game, we know how wet it was. Miller’s out and Rajpoot’s in. Buttler is in. Hopefully, I’ll spend a little more time in the middle tonight.”
After losing the toss, KXIP captain KL Rahul said:
“We are still looking for the same process, get a good start. It’s either been 150 or 200-plus. The lengths might change a little bit. It’s a small ground, so the margin for error is a little less.”
IPL 2020, Match 9: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab (RR vs KXIP) – Playing XI
Rajasthan Royals (RR): Jos Buttler, Steven Smith (C), Sanju Samson (wk), Robin Uthappa, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Rajpoot
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP): Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (C/wk), Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, James Neesham, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell