Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) has ended up being an extraordinary power to deal with in the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL). The KL Rahul-drove unit has won five matches in a row and has climbed from the lower part of the points table into the top four.
In their last face-off, the Mohali-based franchise moved beyond the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by eight wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium. In their next match, they will bolt horns with the Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Friday, October 30 at the Sheik Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Punjab have not forgotten what Rahul Tewatia and Rajasthan Royals did to them last time around, however, 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 is on the line.
Pitch and playing conditions
The pitch in Abu Dhabi has been a magnificent one for batting and bowlers. The hitters have made roughage in the powerplay and in the death overs, they haven't lost a ton of wickets either.
Chasing ought to be the path forward on the strip. The playing conditions are going to stay very warm with the temperature around the 29 degrees Celsius mark. The moistness will be during the 60s.
Playing combinations for both RR and KXIP
Rajasthan Royals likely XI
Steve Smith (C), Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (WK), Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Ankit Rajpoot, Kartik Tyagi, Shreyas Gopal.
Kings XI Punjab likely XI
Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (C & WK), Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh.
Likely top performers for both RR and KXIP
Ben Stokes – Rajasthan Royals
Ben Stokes was before getting good starts, demonstrating his class, yet he couldn't continue and make the most of them. In any case, the England cricketer presented class scoring his second IPL ton since 2017.
He was again sent to open the innings for the Royals and he made his mark. In addition to the fact that he scored a ton, yet additionally remained unbeaten until the end. The southpaw can again be required to weave enchantment.
KL Rahul – Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul has been in stunning form in the progressing release of the T20 competition. The right-hander is very near to reach 600 runs, having scored 595 runs at an average and strike-rate of 59.50 and 132.22 individually.
He has been one of the essential reasons why Punjab has had the option to make a rebound. That he scored a fifty in KXIP's last trip against RR would likewise give him certainty.