The 2020 Indian Premier League is well underway now and Sundays match between the Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab is set up to be another classic.
So far we have been treated to some exhilarating cricket and this contest is surely not going to disappoint.
Both sides have started the tournament with victories, with the KXIP also losing one match. The last time these two teams played each other back in 2019, the KXIP were victorious, with Chris Gayle being instrumental in that victory.
There have been some outstanding performers from both sides this year. The runs have been stacking up with individual performers capitalising to see their teams triumph.
Latest Odds and Form
To win the match odds*
Rajasthan Royals 1.85
Kings XI Punjab 1.90
As you can see from the latest odds this is geared up to be a close battle and we’d probably agree. It will take something from an individual to win the contest, read on to find out who we think can make the difference.
Rajasthan Royals Form
The Royals kick-started their IPL2020 tournament with a convincing and very impressive win over CSK. Key to their success was the consistency with the bat. The Rajasthan Royals were the first team this tournament to knock over 200 runs with Sanju Samson in inspired form. Steve Smith was true to recent performances, smashing a very respectable 69 whilst an unlikely Jofra Archer also pitched in with successive sixes.
The Royals are looking good. They would have been extremely disappointed with 2019’s performances and the early signs are looking good.
The Royals top batsman so far is Sanju Samson with 74 runs in 1 match.
The Royals top bowler so far in the 2020 IPL is Rahul Tewatia with 3 wickets.
Head to Head
Results from the 2019 IPL tournament.
25th March Kings XI Punjab won by 14 runs
16th April Kings XI Punjab won by 12 runs
Kings XI Punjab Form
The KXIP have already played 2 matches in the UAE. Firstly succumbing to a plucky Delhi Capitals who won the super over with 4 balls left. In their second match, the KXIP upped their game against the Royal Challengers. KL Rahul was simply irresistible and smashed a 132 from 69 balls. The Challengers were poor on the day however Kings XI Punjab showed some stell after suffering the loss against DC.
With Samson and Rahul both on show, IPL fans could be in for a feat of T20 cricketing action. We think it’ll be a very close battle between the two teams.
Punjab’s top batsman so far this tournament is KL Rahul with 153 runs in 2 matches.
The KXIP top bowlers are Ravi Bishnoi and Mohammad Shami both with 4 wickets.
Top team batsman odds*
Find out who is likely to be the top batsman for their team
RR Top Batsmen latest odds
Jos Buttler 5.50
Sanju Samson 7.00
Steve Smith 7.00
Robin Uthappa 9.00
KXIP Top Batsmen latest odds
KL Rahul 4.33
Chris Gayle 5.50
Mayank Agarwal 6.00
Mandeep Singh 8.00
Karun Nair 9.00
We think this match will be very close. There’s not a between the batsman; in terms of odds. Like all IPL fans, we’d expect to see some good batting performances from the likes of KL Rahul for the KXIP and Jos Buttler and Steve Smith for RR.
Player to score most sixes*
Chris Gayle 9/2
KL Rahul 9/2
SV Samson 5/1
J Buttler 5/1
GJ Maxwell 7/1
DA Miller 8/1
A Rawat 8/1
N Pooran 8/1
S Smith 10/1
*Odds were correct at the time of writing and subject to change at any time. Check the bookmaker’s site for the latest odds.
Tip 1 – bet365 – Match to go to super over (odds 25/1)
Occasionally an outside bet is too tempting. We can see a close fight between these two teams and a small stake could just prove worthwhile.
Tip 2 – Betway – Sanju Samson to hit most sixes (odds 5.50)
Sanju Samson was inspired in the Royals victory over CSK earning the player of the match award. Samson hit 74 from 32 balls to help RR earn an impressive victory.
Tip 3 – Betway – KL Rahul over 0.5 sixes (odds 1.55)
KL Rahul is a fantastic T20 batsman and showed us exactly what he is capable of. Going into the tournament he admitted to being a little rusty and nervous, however, he soon changed his fortunes. He already has 8 sixes in two matches.