Match : 9
Teams : Rajasthan Royals(RR) vs Kings XI Punjab(KXIP)
Venue : Sharjah Cricket Stadium,Sharjah
Toss : Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and elected to field First .
Team Update: For Rajasthan Royals , they came up with a couple of changes as expected
Jos Butler came into the squad for David Miller and Ankit Rajput for Yashasvi Jaiswal.For Kings XI Punjab, they played with unchanged squad in this Match.
Before Starting the preview, we would like to say “T20 is completely a Drama” ,anything can happen at any time so we just can’t predict the winner until the last ball is bowled. This Match between Rajasthan & Punjab will remain as one of the iconic matches in IPL History .Sharjah Stadium has some iconic history moments like the “ Desert Storm” match by Little Master Sachin Tendular against Australia in 1997 -98 Cocola Cup.
Here is our preview of the match between RR vs KXIP, In First Innings, Both the openers of Kings XI Punjab played a sensational innings , Mayank Agarwal & KL Rahul opening combination scored 183 Runs for the First- Wicket Partnership, Mayank Agarwal scored his Maiden IPL Century in the game of 106 from 50 balls. Both these players had a greater communication in the field , when mayank started striking the balls , KL Rahul rotated the strike to the settled batsman that maturity from KL looked impressive and skipper Rahul proved his form in IPL 2020 by scoring 69 Runs from 54 balls.Glenn Maxwell, unorthodox short selection didn’t worked well for Punjab and shifts the momentum towards Rajasthan but Pooran played a Cameo in the end by scoring 25 runs in 8 balls with 3 sixes and a boundary and made punjab to score 223 /2 in 20 overs.
With a huge scoreboard pressure to chase , Rajasthan Royals Started their second Innings with a quick shock Jos Butler got out early in the innings against Cottrell ball. Then ,RR skipper Steve Smith took the responsibility of chasing in his shoulder and played a clean hit on every ball with his unorthodox style . By seeing his innings, we cannot believe that he is the NO.1 Test Cricket Batsman in the world , as he fits to every situation of the match and scored a much important half century in the middle to keep the game alive for chasing such huge total . But Kings XI Punjab got the breakthrough of Steve Smith , Neesham took RR captain Smith Wicket.
But on the other side , Samsun played his game naturally with clean hits , his style of batting was really impressive , his batting showed us the hunger of scoring runs for him and he is at some stage to prove himself to International Cricket and he is proving his capability on every match . He scored a blistering knock of 85 Runs in 42 balls which includes 7 sixes , but he got out by Shami at a crucial time of chasing due to pressure of Rahul Tewatia as his strike rate was very low at that time. But here is the game changing moment for Rajasthan Royals, after samsun’s wicket no one believed that 224 chase could be chased, but the one who had low strike state Rahul Tewatia shifted his gear with the bat and scored 5 sixes in Cottrell’s 18th over and scored 30 runs which shifts the momentum towards Rajasthan Royals. A real battle began at the 18th over of the match , it was unbelievable , he was sent up the order to score against leg spinners of KXIP , but he dominated the pace bowler, then Shami got his wicket . But finally , Jofra Archer’s little cameo helped to record the highest ever Chase of 224 in IPL history within 19.3 overs in this match . Also, Rajasthan Royals also moved up to the points table No2 position in IPL 2020.
Game Changing Moment:
Rahul Tewatia batting on 18th over was the game changing moment of the match which helped RR to register their second victory in IPL 2020.
Kings XI Punjab had a beautiful day with their batting,especially mayank agarwal innings was classic but once again a 30 run over favoured the winning team in this IPL2020.
Man of the Match Award:
Sanju Samson Awarded man of the Match for his magical Innings of 85 Runs in 42 balls .