Kings XI Punjab will face Rajasthan Royals this Friday in IPL. The two teams will want to win this match to earn all the points. It could be crucial for their ambitions to qualify for a playoff’s spot.
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab jumped to the fifth position in the points table as they won the last five games in this season. After the inclusion of Caribbean stalwart Chris Gayle in eleven, Punjab yet to lose a single game in this season. The 41-years-old batsmen looked in fine form. He smashed two half-centuries in just five games in this season. Indian pacer Mohammed Shami bowling threatening spells to opponent batsmen.
He is the second-highest wicket-taker in this season of IPL (20 wickets from 12 matches). English pacer Chris Jordan is bowling well. Form of skipper KL Rahul suffered in last few games still he is Orange Cap holder in this season of IPL. Spinners Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin are bagging wickets in every game. Aussie allrounder Glenn Maxwell is bowling well in the powerplay overs. Pacer Arshdeep Singh is bowling well in the last few games.
Kings XI Punjab will hope to gain vital two points to qualify for playoffs by this win over Rajasthan Royals.
Rajasthan Royals are ranked at the second last position in the points table. They defeated Mumbai Indians in the last game by 8 wickets. They still can reach to 14 points in the points table by winning the last two games. So they can still have outside opportunities to qualify for the playoff by making a better net run-rate.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Butler is in good form. English speedster Jofra Archer is bowling well. He bagged 17 wickets from 12 IPL games in this season. English allrounder Ben Stokes smacked a phenomenal century in the last game to chase the huge target of 196 against Mumbai Indians. Indian youngster Sanju Samson smashed fifty in the same game. Spinner Shreyas Gopal is bowling well. He picked two wickets in the last game. Indian Rahul Tewatia couldn’t make any impact in the last few games.
These two teams played each other 20 times in IPL history where Kings XI Punjab won nine games of them and Rajasthan Royals won 11 games.
Kings XI Punjab is more likely to win in this match as they are in good form.
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Date and Time:
Friday, October 30, 2020, 7.30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
(The odds might change without prior notice)