If one has to describe the most inconsistent team in the Indian Premier League, that is Rajasthan Royals. Sometimes, they perform as the best in the league whereas sometimes, they are the worst ever side possible. They have failed to perform as a unit in the league which has created a lot of problems for them. In other words, the inconsistency dug their grave in IPL 2020. Moreover, the previous game against Mumbai Indians was a testament to their inconsistency in the Indian Premier League.
The team has performed in bits and pieces and have created problems for themselves. The repeated experiments at the top of the order proved to be disastrous. However, Robin Uthappa and Ben Stokes have provided some stability in the recent games which have got them going. RR have two games remaining and have to win both of them if they are to stand a chance to qualify for the next game. The form they are in does warranty a victory against resurging Kings XI Punjab.
In their previous fixture, Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson led the side to an eight-wicket victory at Dubai International Stadium. Both the players against the star-studded Mumbai Indians bowling line-up. Steve Smith will hope to win the game once again at Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
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— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) October 30, 2020
Here are the top three picks for Rajasthan Royals against Kings XI Punjab at Sheikh Zayed Stadium:
#1) Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes was at his destructive best against Mumbai Indians on the previous night. He scored a century and remained unbeaten to guide his team to a famous victory at Dubai International Stadium. He didn’t even spare Jasprit Bumrah, the ace bowler of Mumbai Indians.
After arriving late to the tournament, Ben Stokes has picked his form slowly. In IPL 2020, he has 217 runs in six games at a strike rate of 133.32. The captain and team management will hope a similar kind of performance from the player even with the ball on Friday.
#2) Jofra Archer
The English fast bowler is a sensation in IPL 2020. Not only he has clocked most 145+ kmph deliveries but has also acted as a finisher for Rajasthan Royals. Jofra Archer has scored some quick runs at the fag-end of the innings for his side and will be one of the top three picks for Rajasthan Royals against KXIP.
When the sides met last time, Jofra Archer sent two deliveries out of the ground which stopped the traffic at Sharjah. His 13 from three deliveries acted as a catalyst in Rajasthan’s record chase in IPL. Can he decimate the rushing KXIP at Sheikh Zayed Stadium?
#3) Sanju Samson
After being called up for the Indian national side as a back-up opener and wicket-keeper batsman, Sanju Samson will look to justify the selection of his national team captain as there have been several opinions across the pitch. Sanju Samson played a pivotal role in the previous game against Mumbai Indians with a great half-century against the star-studded bowling line-up.
Sanju Samson is a class player who has every shot in his armoury. He will be one of the top three picks for Rajasthan Royals against Kings XI Punjab on Friday.