On a high having won five matches in a row, Kings XI Punjab would look to extend their resurgence when they take on Rajasthan Royals in the 50th match of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi on Friday. Thanks to their fightback in the second half, KXIP now find themselves at the fourth spot with 12 points from as many matches. Time is fast running out for RR with 10 points from 12 games. They need to win both their remaining games to be in play-offs contention.
Sunrisers Hyderabad registered a crucial win to keep themselves in the hunt for playoffs as they chased down 154 comfortably against the Rajasthan Royals, whose chances are looking bleak now. Pandey 83*(47) and Shankar 52*(51) were the chief architects in the chase as apart from Archer, none of the RR bowlers were penetrating enough.
Having handed Chennai Super Kings a seven-wicket defeat, Rajasthan Royals would be hoping for a late revival in IPL 2020. They will take on under-performing Sunrisers Hyderabad in match number 40 of IPL 2020 at Dubai on Thursday. SRH go into the game having suffered a Super Over defeat at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders, thanks to a stupendous bowling effort by Lockie Ferguson. Despite experiencing contrasting fortunes in their last encounter, both Rajasthan and Hyderabad are aware that their chances of play-off qualifications remain slim. While RR are at sixth position with eight points, SRH are seventh with six points.
After three supers overs in the previous day, we had a rather mundane game at our hands as CSK could manage only 125 on two paced pitch in Abu Dhabi. Even though Rajasthan were rocked early, Buttler and Smith combined to make light work of the chase.
Struggling to find consistency, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals will take on each in match number 37 of IPL 2020 at Abu Dhabi on Monday. Both CSK and RR are in a similar situation having won only three out of nine matches. Chennai are placed ahead of Rajasthan only on the virtue of a better run rate. Further, both sides go in having lost their previous match. CSK went down to favourites Delhi Capitals by five wickets while Rajasthan were undone by Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets. Neither side can afford to slip from here.
With 35 required off 12 balls, not many would fancy the batting side. But with AB de Villiers at the crease, then the toughest of tasks become seamlessly easy. He carried his team to a fine 7 wicket win as he scored 55 runs in 22 balls, with a four and 6 sixes.
Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, who have often been in the battle for the best batsman of the current generation, will lock horns as Royal Challengers Bangalore face Rajasthan Royals in match number 33 of IPL 2020 at Dubai. RCB are well-placed at number three with five wins and three losses. However, they go into the contest having faltered against Kings XI Punjab in the previous game. Royals, on the other hand, are just above bottom-placed KXIP, with three wins in eight games. They go in having lost to Delhi Capitals twice in a week, the latest being by 13 runs.
DC pacers came back exceptionally well to win the match after being out of it for most part of the innings as they gave away only 25 in the final five overs. Shreyas Iyer injured his shoulder in the fifth over and Dhawan led the team in his absence to a fine victory by 13 runs.