IPL 2020: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab - KXIP Predicted XI

IPL 2020: Rajasthan Royals vs Kings XI Punjab – KXIP Predicted XI

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Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are set to play their third match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 against Rajasthan Royals on September 27 (Sunday). It will be the ninth match of the tournament and the Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah is will host the match.

After facing defeat against Delhi Capitals (DC), KXIP registered a comfortable win in their last match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). KL Rahul-led side will eye to win the successive second match to maintain the positive environment in the team. Here, we have discussed what can be the KXIP predicted XI against Royals.

KXIP Predicted XI against RR:

KL Rahul:

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Many had doubted that captaincy pressure might damage KL Rahul’s performance as a player. But he bashed all the critics with his classic knock against RCB and guided his team to victory.

Runs were pouring from his bat as he became the first IPL captain to register the highest ever score in the tournament history. He amassed unbeaten 132 runs off 69 balls to help the team to set up 206 runs target. In his match-winning knock, the flamboyant batsman also struck 14 boundaries and seven sixes.

Although the franchise has dropped Chris Gayle from XI, the KXIP captain is fulfilling the role of attacking opening batsman in KXIP Predicted XI.

2. Mayank Agarwal:

KL Rahul, IPL 2020
Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Mayank Agarwal has already shown his class against DC in their opening match. He amassed 89 runs off 60 balls, striking seven boundaries and four sixes. The calm and composed innings of him saw fans and cricket experts praising him. He would be expected to deliver the same against RR, who is a solid team. 

Nicholas Pooran:

Nicholas Pooran
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Nicholas Pooran built a crucial 57 runs partnership with Rahul against RCB to stabilize the innings. Pooran would have to build such partnership while batting at the number three to seal win against RR.

Glenn Maxwell:

Glenn Maxwell, KXIP, IPL 2020
Glenn Maxwell. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Maxwell’s bat has still not shown the performance that KXIP wants from him. The franchise has always struggled in their middle-order for which they had roped him in for this season. In the last two matches, the Australian batsman has cheaply lost his wicket. But indeed, he is unstoppable when he is on the song.

Again, in KXIP Predicted XI — Maxwell will form the crux of Punjab’s batting line up. Also, his part-time bowling adds an option for KL Rahul in the bowling attack

Karun Nair:

Karun Nair
Karun Nair (Credits: Twitter)

Karun Nair didn’t get many balls to bat in the last match but he helped in accelerating KXIP’s innings by scoring 15 runs in eight balls, striking two boundaries. He will be in the playing XI against RR.

Sarfaraz Khan:

Sarfaraz Khan
Sarfaraz Khan. Image Credit: IPL.

Sarfaraz Khan is also the power-hitter for KXIP. His range of strokes and aggressive hitting is well known in the domestic circles. So far, he has not got the chance but soon, the youngster would be seen smashing the bowler for boundaries.

Krishnappa Gowtham:

Krishnappa Gowtham,
Gowtham. Photo Credit: Mid-day.

Jimmy Neesham will be replaced with Krishnappa Gowthamas he would be more valuable in UAE, as his slow off-cutters would be extra effective on these pitches. Also, he can smack the pacers with the bat. He is the one to look out for in the KXIP Predicted XI.

Murugan Ashwin:

Murugan Ashwin
Murugan Ashwin. Image Credit: IPL.

Murugan Ashwin, who played the first match for KXIP against RCB, picked three wickets, including one crucial wicket of AB de Villiers. The leg spinners’ googly is hard to pick and will also trouble Rajasthan Royals.

Ravi Bishnoi:

Ravi Bishnoi
Ravi Bishnoi. Image Credit: Twitter.

The youngster Ravi Bishnoi, who is only playing his first IPL, has amazed everyone with his spin bowling. In the last match against RCB, he picked three wickets to send their batsman early and seal the win for KXIP. He can be the game-changer for the Punjab team this season.

Sheldon Cottrell:

Sheldon Cottrell
Sheldon Cottrell. Image Credit: IPL.

Sheldon Cottrell, who is playing the first season for KXIP, has impressed with his performance in the last two matches. Against RCB, the left-arm pacer picked two wickets of Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli. So, his position in the KXIP Predicted XI is cemented.

KXIP Predicted XI – Mohammad Shami:

Mohammad Shami
Mohammad Shami. Image Credit: IPL.

Mohammad Shami is in his best form which is good news for the KXIP. He picked up three wickets and gave only 15 runs in his four overs in their opening match. The pacer also picked one wicket and was economical against RCB. He is the experienced campaigner among bowlers in the KXIP predicted XI.

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