Kings XI Punjab are facing Rajasthan Royals today in the 50th match of the Indian Premier League at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. The stakes in this match are incredibly high for both sides.
Kings XI Punjab have won five consecutive games and a sixth win could potentially complete a miraculous turnaround and a playoff spot. If KingsXI Punjab win this encounter, they will knock Rajasthan Royals out of contention and they will make Sunrisers Hyderabad’s path incredibly difficult. They will also increase pressure on the likes of Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders for the playoffs race.
Rajasthan Royals registered a brilliant victory in their last game and need to win their remaining two games in order to maintain their hopes for the playoffs as their destiny is not in their own hands and one defeat will end their campaign.
Possible Starting Eleven:
Kings XI Punjab :
KL Rahul, Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi.
Rajasthan Royals :
Robin Uthappa, Ben Stokes, Steve Smith, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Kartik Tyagi, Ankit Rajput.
KL Rahul, Jos Buttler, Chris Gayle, Riyan Parag, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Ben Stokes, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal.
The pitch at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium has played better in recent IPL 2020 games, with the average first innings score in the last three games being 184.
With dew not expected to play much of a role, both teams will look to chase.
First inning score predictions:
The average first innings score at this venue in IPL 2020 is 165 runs.
Head to Head:
KXIP won- 9
RR won- 11
KingsXI Punjab: 60%
Rajasthan Royals: 40%
Bet365: KXIP- 1.78, RR- 2.00
Betway: KXIP- 1.80 RR- 2.00