Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals, 50th T20 Match Prediction2020-10-31
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab
Can resurgent Kings XI Punjab register 6th victory in a row?
We predict Kings XI Punjab will win this match.
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In the 50th game of IPL 2020, spirited Kings XI Punjab will take on Rajasthan Royals. As both the team will be playing their second last game, win in this game is very crucial for both teams to hope for the playoffs. For RR it’s a do-or-die game if they lose this game, logically they are out of playoff race. On the other hand, KXIP after losing 6 out of first 7 games, bounced back stupendously and recorded five wins in a row. KXIP side led by skipper K L Rahul is leading the team from the front, scored 595 runs and he is currently leading scorer in the IPL 2020. KXIP group will be very buoyant following their performances in the second half of the league and certainly, they are making a big statement by the consistently good performance. Men in red will be aiming to carry on the good form and make it 6 in a row.
On the other hand, Rajasthan Royals after losing a few close games found themselves in a tricky situation. Its knockout game for the RR and they need to play their A-game against formidable KXIP. In the last match, all-rounder Ben stokes handsome knock of 107 helped RR beak MI by 8 wickets. It's big-time for RR, their key batsmen Jos Buttler and Steve Smith stand up an deliver a match-winning performance. They got lethal Jofra Archer in the bowling and he has done an amazing job for RR in picking up crucial wickets. RR will be aiming for a clinical performance to stay alive in the tournament.
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Skipper K L Rahul led KXIP side would be very content following their performance in the second half of the league. KXIP side who has lost 6 out of first 7 games and was at the bottom of the point table, played some outstanding cricket to get victorious in all their next 5 games, as a result, they are currently placed at 4th on the point table. In batting, skipper K L Rahul has been brilliant, with 595 runs at an average of 59.50, he is a leading scorer in the ongoing IPL. He is a pivotal player in KXIP batting line-up and his good form will be very crucial for KXIP to make it playoffs. At no 3, the inclusion of Chris Gayle in the playing eleven has changed the team fortunes; won all five games. Gayle is a most destructive batsman in the cricket and he holds a plethora of T20 records to his names. He has smashed 600+ sixes in T20. Gayle was also awarded man of the match for his match-winning knock of 58 runs.
In the middle-order, N Pooran has played some serious knock in the few games. He is a batsman of great calibre and can single-handedly won a game for his team. Aussies power-hitter Glen Maxwell is also back in the groove, he is playing good all-rounder role for KXIP. He is a gun fielder too. Mohammed Shami led the bowling attack remarkably; picked 20 wickets from last 12 games and currently third on the wicket-taker list. Young and very talented spinner R Bishnoi has impressed the cricketing world with his bowling skills, leggie picked 12 wickets in the ongoing season.
Key Players – Lokesh Rahul, C Gayle, Mohammed Shami
Arshdeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Mohammed Shami, Lokesh Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Glenn Maxwell, Murugan Ashwin, Deepak Hooda
Rajasthan Royals had a pretty inconsistent season of IPL, they were on and off throughout the ongoing league and hence currently with just 10 points they are 7th place on the point table. In the last match, they desperately need the win and they have done it in style against formidable MI. RR has chased down the target of 196 with 10 balls to spare and with 8 wickets in hand. England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes smashed his second century of the IPL; the southpaw scored a brilliant knock of 107 from 60 balls. Stokes and Smason put a partnership of 152 for the third wicket. However, RR would be hoping for some good knock from their key batsman Jos Buttler and S Smith. There is not a single RR batsman in top 15 leading run-scorer this season; that clearly shows batting unit inconsistency and failure. Wicket-keeper batmans Sanju Samson after a two amazing knock at the start of the season failed to carry on the momentum and threw his wickets playing some bad shots.
In the middle-order, R Tewatia has done everything he can do his team, he won a couple of games for his side and playing his all-rounder to perfection. R Parag as well has done a decent job in the limited opportunity he has got. In the bowling department, pacer Jofra Archer has been a standout performer for RR. He has bowled with great pace and picked more wickets than anyone else in Powerplay. J Archer bagged 17 wickets from 12 matches so far this season and at an economy of less than 7. The spin duo of S Gopal and R Tewatia has bowled brilliantly and took all the advantage of conditions.
Key Players – S Samson, J Buttler, J Archer
Steven Smith, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Sanju Samson, Varun Aaron, Jos Buttler, RV Uthappa, R Tewatia, S Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Riyan Parag
|Hr||Temp||Rain||W. speed||W. direction||Clouds|
|00h||27||0 mm.||5.09 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
|03h||27||0 mm.||4.49 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|06h||28||0 mm.||3.44 k/h||From: NE||0%|
|09h||29||0 mm.||4.12 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|12h||29||0 mm.||5.92 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|15h||29||0 mm.||7 k/h||From: NNW||0%|
|18h||28||0 mm.||4.86 k/h||From: N||0%|
|21h||28||0 mm.||4.19 k/h||From: NNE||0%|
The weather forecast in Abu Dhabi on Friday is mostly sunny and very warm. It is expected to be very humid. Unlike Sharaj stadium, the wickets at Abu Dhabi hasn’t been slowed down however boundaries are very difficult to score at this venue.
The match will be played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi
From the last 18 IPL matches, more than 60% matches won by batting first team. Records are clearly in favour of batting first team and hence both the team will look to bat first after winning the toss.
Considering the performances of the last few games of both the team, KXIP are way ahead of RR. Besides, KXIP got plenty of firepower in their rank and good seam and spin bowlers. KXIP batting line-up looks more solid and formidable than inconsistent RR unit. Hence, we expect KXIP will have an advantage going into this game and they will keep the momentum.
We predict Kings XI Punjab will win this match.
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