IPL 2020, RR vs KXIP: Match preview, Dream11 and moreLast updated on Sep 27, 2020, 12:20 am
The second IPL game of the weekend will be played between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab.
Notably, both the teams have won a game each this season.
While RR hammered three-time champions Chennai Super Kings in a high-scoring thriller at Sharjah, KXIP bounced back against RCB after losing their opener to DC.
Here is the preview of the upcoming game.
Venue, timing, TV listing, pitch report and conditions
The Sharjah Cricket Stadium will host the match on September 27 (7:30 PM IST).
Notably, a total of 32 sixes were struck in the previous encounter here.
Hence, the wicket is quite conducive for batsmen, while the bowlers will have to deliver tight lines.
One can watch the match live on Star India network, while live streaming is also available on Hotstar app.
Buttler likely to play the game
Marquee opener Jos Buttler, who missed the opening fixture due to quarantine protocols, will likely play the next game.
Either Tom Curran or David Miller could make way for the England opener.
Buttler is likely to open the innings alongside Yashasvi Jaiswal.
Probable XI: Buttler (WK), Jaiswal, Smith (C), Samson, Uthappa, Parag, Curran, Archer Tewatia, Gopal, Unadkat.
Will Chris Gayle get the nod?
The KXIP batsmen were all over RCB in the previous game.
Skipper KL Rahul notched a magnificent hundred, which propelled KXIP to 206 after 20 overs.
Considering the nature of Sharjah track, the franchise could also bring back Chris Gayle in place of Nicholas Pooran.
Probable XI: Rahul (C/WK), Gayle, Mayank, Nair, Maxwell, Sarfaraz, Neesham, M Ashwin, Bishnoi, Shami, Cottrell.
A look at the head-to-head record
Rajasthan Royals have the edge over Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. The two sides have met 19 times, out of which, RR have won 10 matches. Besides, KXIP have managed to win nine of them.
Records that can be broken in the match
If the Universe Boss Chris Gayle plays the impending game, he could become the sixth cricketer to score 4,500 runs in the IPL.
His captain Rahul is eight fours away (192) from getting to the 200-mark.
Similarly, Rajasthan Royals top order batsman Sanju Samson (98), who struck a record nine maximums against CSK at Sharjah, might complete 100 sixes in the tournament.
Dream11: Rahul, Samson to lead the side
Wicket-keepers: KL Rahul (C), Sanju Samson (VC). Batsmen: Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Steve Smith, Yashasvi Jaiswal. All-rounders: Riyan Parag, Glenn Maxwell. Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal.