When the Rajasthan Royals and the Kings XI Punjab meet in Sharjah, it will be hard-hitters on either side that will be in focus. This match #9 will be played on Sunday as both sides look to make it to the top of the points tally.
The Royals started their season with a 16-run win over the Chennai Super Kings and will be confident of their chances. The Kings XI started their season with a ‘Super Over’ loss to Delhi Capitals. However, they quickly improved to a 97-run smashing win over the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Rajasthan Royals Preview
The Royals played well at this venue against the Super Kings. They will be further boosted by the return of Job Buttler. The smashing batsman could probably play at no. 4 to keep Sanju Samson and Steve Smith play in the top-order. Sanju’s heroics from the first match could probably be a ticket to your team.
Buttler’s presence could mean no place in the team for Tom Curran or David Miller. The Englishman is 97 runs away from getting to 6,000 T20 runs and that could be his target here. Smith could keep playing a sheet anchor role, while Jofra Archer would be gunning for more wickets.
Kings XI Punjab Preview
KL Rahul was the best player for Kings XI and scored a scintillating 132* to demolish the Royal Challengers. Mayank Agarwal did reasonably well too, top-scoring in the first match (89) and giving good company to Rahul in the second (36).
The bowlers have been equally impressive with three bowlers picking up four wickets each. Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, and Ravi Bishnoi have been impressive and could force their way into your fantasy side.
Fantasy Players to Watch
Sanju Samson looked in great touch in the first match with 74 quick runs off just 32 balls. The young top-order bat will look to repeat the show.
KL Rahul offers good flexibility to the side with his all-round skills. His presence at the top gives him a good chance to play more overs and get you more points.
Glenn Maxwell could relish his chances of hitting it out in the small stadium, should he get a chance to bat long.
Rajasthan Royals: 1 Steve Smith (C) 2 Yashasvi Jaiswal 3 Sanju Samson 4 Jos Buttler (WK) 5 Robin Uthappa 6 Riyan Parag 7 Shreyas Gopal 8 Jofra Archer 9 Tom Curran 10 Rahul Tewatia 11 Jaydev Unadkat
Kings XI Punjab: 1 Mayank Agarwal 2 KL Rahul (C & WK) 3 Chris Gayle 4 Karun Nair 5 Glenn Maxwell 6 Sarfaraz Khan 7 Mujeeb Ur Rahman 8 Ravi Bishnoi 9 Mohammed Shami 10 Sheldon Cottrell 11 Murugan Ashwin
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