Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah

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U.A.E
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Sharjah
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16000

Rajasthan Royals Vs Kings XI Punjab , 9th Match , IPL 2020

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Small Ground , Small Boundaries and a Bowlers Graveyard , this is the  things one should relate with Historical Sharjah Cricket Ground . As many as 33 Sixes were hit in the first game , We Should not expect nothing less than that When Rajasthan Royals will take on Kings XI Punjab on Sunday Special . As both team possesses power hiters which can hit a ball a long way . Rajsthan should fancy their chances as they have the idea of the pitch and with arrival of Jos Butler in the team it will boost the batting lineup and will ease the burden from Steven Smith , Robin Uthappa and the man who looked solid in their opening game i.e Sanju Samson . They also have a strong Bowling Lineup with lethal pacers like Jofra Archer and Tom Curran and the spin department will be leaded by Shreyas Gopal and Rahul Tewatia , who was impressive in the previous game . 

Kings XI Punjab will be high on Confidence at the back of an Special Innings from Skipper KL Rahul of 132* against Royal Challengers Bangalore which proved too much for the Bangalore and won the match by a huge Margin of 97 runs . But a different and tuff Challenge Awaits them this time around with a quality Bowling lineup ahead . Onus will be on in form KL Rahul but other players like Nicolas Pooran and explosive Glenn Maxwell Should also step up to help the side . Mayank Agarwal looked good in both the games and will like to carry his good form ahead also . Bowling lineup is good with likes of Mohammad Shami , Sheldon Cotrell and Young Ravi Bishnoi . All Rounder Jimmy Neesham should be an advantage for this Kings as he can deliver with both and bat and ball also will also save some runs in the outfield . 

PITCH REPORT

Out of the three venues selected for the IPL, Sharjah, by far, is the best batting venue. It was apparent from the match between RR and CSK, in which as many as 33 sixes were hit and over 400 runs were scored across two innings. The ground has short straight boundaries and bowling full could be dangerous here. Spinners, who have so far been exceedingly successful in the tournament, might be a little hesitant to give the ball that extra bit of air. Among the fast bowlers, hitting the deck and taking the pace off the ball would be a key. Batting first team would like to score in excess of 190 .

TOSS PREDICTION 

Over the last three years, the teams have preferred to chase so much that 83% of the time in the T20s played during the tenure, the captain winning the toss has elected to bowl first. The recently concluded match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders was one such occasion, but the team batting second won with considerable ease . Team winning the toss will like to field first on this ground . 

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As Rajasthan Royals have played a match against Chennai Super Kings and also won that match . this will be a big advantage as Punjab haven't played any Match at this venue yet. This may prove an advantage for the Royals .
Jos Butlerwill be joining the Rajasthan Squad from today and will also play the match , as he has completed his 7 days Qurantine Protocol . This will strengthen the batting line up and gives more exposure to the team .
Kings XI Punjab seems to be too dependent on KL Rahul , except KL Rahul other players like Glenn Maxwell and Nicolas Pooran will also have to contribute in Batting Department to balance the side and win matches .

Rajasthan Royals Vs Chennai Super kings , 4th Match , IPL 2020

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Finally the long wait for IPL 2020 is over an the Tournament is up and running , In today's Match Rajasthan Royals will square off against the Chennai Super Kings at the Historical Sharjah Cricket Ground. Having won their opening encounter against their arch rivals Mumbai Indians , Chennai Super kings are flying high . The team balance seems perfectly fine as Faf Du Plesis and seasoned campaigner Ambati Rayudu were in tremendous touch . Spin attack of chennai seems very strong as compared to the Royals as they have some quality spinners in the form of Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja . Talking about the pace attack both teams have some quality overseas bowlers as CSK have sam Curran and Lungi Ngidi whereas for the Royals Jofra Archer and Tom Curran will be in action today. 

Royals are being Captained by Steve Smith , Whose performance in the recently concluded series against England was not good at all . But the kind of player steve Smith is surely he will comeback strongly . Sanju Samson , newly signed Robin Uthappa and Yasaswi Jaiswal will have the responsibility to score runs along side steve smith . bating lineup of Royals looks incomplete as their attacking opening batsman Jos Butler is currently unavailable and Star All Rounder Ben Stokes will also join the squad from next month. David Miller may get a chance to strengthen the batting lineup for the Royals . 

RR VS CSK TOSS PREDICTION

Both sides preferred to field first in the two matches gone so far and those decisions eventually made sense with dew coming into the picture in both those matches. Even though the surface is likely to get slower with the passage of play, dew might just make the batting a whole lot easier in the second match. Also, this is the first match on this surface and both sides will want to take a look before batting on it. Therefore, we expect the captain winning the toss to bowl first.

PITCH REPORT 

The average first innings scores in UAE hover around the 155-run mark and the average winning scores in the first innings hover a shade under 170. Albeit at different venues, the totals in the first two matches were both around the 160-run mark and made for exciting contests. We expect the surface at Sharjah a little more batting-friendly and the bowlers will have to toil a bit harder, especially in the death overs. The weather is likely to be hot and the fitness of players will be tested yet again. Needless to say, there are negligible chances of rain. As was the case in the first two matches, dew could be a factor, making the ball come onto the bat a bit better in the second half of the second innings. Considering that and the usual nature of the surface, the team batting first should be looking to put a total of at least 170 runs on the board.

Head to Head

Overall

Played- 22 | CSK won- 14 | RR won- 8 | N/R- 0

At neutral venues (outside India)

Played- 3 | CSK won- 3 | RR won- 0 | N/R- 0

Average first innings score: 156 (During PSL 2019)

Record of chasing teams: Won – 9, Lost – 3, Tied – 0

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The Recent Form shown in the 1st match of the Tournament by CSK is an indicator how balanced and confidence the team is feeling . Replacement of Dj Bravo cannot have been any better than Sam Curran
Rajasthan Royals would miss their two key England player as Jos Butler and Ben Stokes are currently unavailable and will join the squad later on. This can be a worrying factor for the Royals as Ben Stokes is their Ace player with both Bat and Ball.
As the Pitches in UAE are generally slow and spinner friendly , Royals don't have the best of spinners which can cause trouble for the Batters though they have a good pace attack headed by Jofra Archer and newly signed Tom Curran.

Kabul Zwanan vs Nangarhar Leopards, Prediction

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Nangarhar Leopards: Najeeb Tarakai, Johnson Charles, Anton Devcich, Rahmat Shah, Hashmatullah Shahidi, Shafiqullah Shafiq(w), Ben Cutting(c), Mitchell McClenaghan, Naveen-ul-Haq, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Zahir Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Imran Janat, Khaiber Omar, Ibrahim Zadran, Fazal Haque, Nasratullah, Andre Fletcher, Andre Russell

Kabul Zwanan: Luke Ronchi(w), Hazratullah Zazai, Colin Ingram, Javed Ahmadi, Laurie Evans, Shahidullah Kamal, Rashid Khan(c), Muslim Musa, Wayne Parnell, Fareed Ahmad, Zahir Shehzad, Usman Adil, Fitratullah Khawari, Shawkat Zaman, Nasir Totakhil, Nijat Masood, Zamir Khan, Afsar Zazai, Ali Khan

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Kabul Zwanan Bowlers have been expensive in the opening game, that's why they replaced Ali Khan and replaced him with Colin Ingram, which means they added an extra batsman.
In Kabul Zwanan, Laurie Evans has been the star man for Kabul Zwanan so far, hitting nine fours and ten sixes across his two innings and he is a good form.
Skipper Rashid Khan is giving an all-round performance which makes them a better aside. on other side Leopards struggling for runs last time out.

Kabul Zwanan vs Paktia Panthers, 1st Match Prediction

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KABUL ZWANAN - Luke Ronchi (wk), Wayne Parnell, Laurie Evans, Javed Ahmadi, Colin Ingram, Zamir Khan, Afsar Zazai (wk), Fareed Ahmad, Muslim Musa, Shahidullah Kamal, Rashid Khan (c), Nijat Masood, Ali Khan, Hazratullah Zazai, Fitratullah Khawari, Usman Adil, Zahir Shehzad, Nasir Totakhil, Shawkat Zaman

PKTIA PANTHERS - Shahid Afridi, Calum MacLeod, Isuru Udana, Samiullah Shenwari, Mohammad Shahzad (c & wk), Sikandar Raza, Yamin Ahmadzai, Cameron Delport, Ihsanullah Janat, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Zia-ur-Rehman, Fazal Rahman, Yousuf Zazai, Rahmanullah, Azmatullah

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Rashid Khan world no.1 bowler in both T20 and ODI will lead the command of Kabul team.
Kabul has a good batting line up like kiwi player Luke Ronchi, Wayne Parnell and Colin Ingram are the key Players between these two teams.
Paktia Panthers has no experienced seamers whereas Shahid Afridi is not in a good form.