Rajasthan Royals are all set to face Kolkata Knight Riders in their third clash of the IPL 2020 campaign. Rajasthan Royals are unbeaten yet and have been stupendous with their batting, winning both the matches scoring and chasing 200 plus successfully runs on the board. The Steve Smith-led team will face KKR at the Dubai International stadium. It will be RR’s first match away from the Sharjah.
The Knight Riders won their last match against SunRisers Hyderabad pretty convincingly after losing their first match against Mumbai Indians. With the arrival of Jos Buttler back in the team, RR’s upper batting order with Buttler, Samson and Smith looks top class but their middle-order still have to prove themselves.
Rajasthan Royals predicted XI vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Rajasthan Royals are highly unlikely to change their team in the clash against KKR. The team that won against KXIP will be most likely seen taking to the ground again.
Openers: Jos Buttler and Steve Smith
Jos Buttler couldn’t perform to his level in the first match of his IPL 2020 campaign against KXIP. He managed to score 4 runs off 7 balls and looked not so comfortable batting. He will hope to show his attacking prowess against KKR and is highly likely to start at his opening spot.
He will be partnered by in-form skipper Steve Smith. The captain has been in a form too good for the oppositions. He has scored two important knocks of 50 off 27 balls against KXIP and 69 off 47 against CSK.
Middle Order: Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia
Sanju Samson is the man of the hour with his incredible form. He scored 74 off 32 balls in the first match against CSK and then 85 runs off 52 balls against KXIP, winning the man of the match trophy in both the occasions. Robin Uthappa has struggled to find his form in the RR colours but will still be given a few more chances in the starting lineup seeing his previous amazing record in the tournament.
18-year-old Riyan Parag hasn’t been showing the same composure as last year and hasn’t been up to the mark with the bat, Rajasthan are still likely to make him start and give him a few more chances to work his way out.
A horrific initial display by Rahul Tewatia which he made up for in the latter stages against KXIP, ending with a total of 53 runs off 31 balls with 7 sixes to his credit. The decision of the coaching staff to send him up the order was criticized but turned out to be a great move. He will remain at his spot in the team for now.
Bowlers: Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Jofra Archer, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat
The bowling lineup is also to remain the same for the match against KKR. The Rajasthan Royals bowling line-up looks among the weakest of the lot. They have not been able to get many wickets for the team and have conceded in the excess of 200 runs in both their matches yet. Shreyas Gopal, Tom Curran and Jofra Archer are also good with the bat and give them their batting lineup the added depth.
Rajasthan Royals have been missing their star all-rounder Ben Stokes, who is in New Zealand by the side of his ailing father who had been diagnosed with Brain Cancer earlier. Stokes’ arrival to the UAE is still in doubt, but his return would be a massive boost for RR.