Rajasthan Royals have made a roaring start to its 2020 IPL campaign by winning both of their first two matches. The unit put up a splendid batting display in their last match powered by some monstrous hitting from Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia. While Samson staged a dazzling inning of 85 runs against Kings XI Punjab, Tewatia’s barrage of sixes in the death overs sealed the game for the Royals.
Steven Smith and his men will take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in their next game and here is a look at the predicted XI for the same.
Jos Buttler made his IPL 2020 debut in the last match against Kings XI Punjab but failed to capitalize on the opportunity. The hard-hitting Englishman will look to score big this time with the dugout expecting much more from him.
The decision to open for his team has worked like magic for skipper Steven Smith. The right-handed Aussie has been instrumental in both the matches against Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab respectively. While he scored a brilliant 69 in the first, the second match saw him stage a composed half-century.
Sanju Samson has been the star for the Rajasthan Royals in both their opening matches. With scores of 74 and 85 which saw a legion of towering sixes, Samson has shown the world how to play the game. The team will rely heavily on the 25-year-old’s batting this time too.
Rahul Tewatia has the ability to hit the ball out of the park and we got a proof of it in the last match against Kings XI Punjab. His extraordinary hitting in the final overs of the game saw the Rajasthan Royals pull off a sensational victory with three balls to spare. His brilliant 53 of 31 balls might have just sealed his spot in the team for the games to come.
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With single-digit scores of 9 & 5, Robin Uthappa hasn’t been among runs in this campaign. However, the team’s winning run is likely to work in his favor and this might be the last chance the former KKR batsman gets before being dropped.
Jofra Archer’s exceptional abilities as an all-rounder make him a constant in the Rajasthan Royals playing XI. Apart from being a fiery fast bowler, Archer is a monstrous hitter with the bat in hand.
Riyan Parag is another player who is yet to prove himself in this year’s IPL. The right-handed batsman was dismissed cheaply in both the matches and its high time he makes his presence felt.
Tom Curran turned out to be expensive with the ball both against the Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab. With figures of 4-54-1 and 4-44-1, it hasn’t been the best of starts for the Englishman. However, the possibility of the Royals going with an unchanged side will see him grab another chance.
With figures of 4-38-1 and 4-44-0, Karnataka-born Shreyas Gopal has performed below average in both the matches. The bowling-allrounder will hope to turn his fortunes this time around.
Hailing from Kanpur, Ankit Rajpoot got his chance in the second match against Kings XI Punjab. However, he was not at the best of his abilities and ended up picking just 1 wicket in his 4 overs while giving away 39 runs. The right-arm fast-medium bowler is likely to get a second chance.
Jaydev Unadkat has failed to live up to the expectations of the team thus far in the tournament. He has gone wicketless in both the matches and has also been costly for the side. However, the Royals are aware of his tremendous potential and will stick with him this time around.