Date: September 21, 2021
Time: 7:30 PM (IST)
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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Rajasthan resume their campaign against Punjab in Indian T20 League 2021 on Tuesday as the sides lock horns at the Dubai International Stadium. Both the teams are placed in the lower half of the table and will need to get some wins under their belt to qualify for the playoffs. After a disappointing Indian T20 League last season in UAE, these two teams will be eager to turn their season around in the second leg.
The two teams have already met once this season in April and at that time it was the KL Rahul-led side that emerged victorious by a narrow margin of 4 runs. Punjab had scored 221/6 thanks to superb batting from KL Rahul (91 off 50) and Deepak Hooda (64 off 28). Rajasthan then gave a tough fight as skipper Sanju Samson smashed a century but they fell short by 4 runs.
Position in the Indian T20 League standings:
Punjab: Current Position: 6th (10 points in 7 matches)
Rajasthan: Current Position: 5th (6 points in 8 matches)
Punjab Full Squad:
In: Aiden Markram, Nathan Ellis and Adil Rashid | Out: Dawid Malan, Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (C), Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Shahrukh Khan, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Ellis, Adil Rashid, Murugan Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Moises Henriques, Chris Jordan, Aiden Markram, Mandeep Singh, Darsan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar, Jalaj Saxena.
Rajasthan Full Squad:
In: Glenn Phillips, Evin Lewis, Oshane Thomas and Tabraiz Shamsi | Out: Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and Andrew Tye
Sanju Samson, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mahipal Lomror, Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat, Mayank Markande, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahim, Chetan Sakariya, K.C. Cariappa, Kuldip Yadav, Liam Livingstone, Akash Singh, Glenn Phillips, Tabraiz Shamsi, Oshane Thomas, Evin Lewis.
Head to Head (in Indian T20 League)
Matches Played – 22
Punjab – 10
Rajasthan – 12
There are few more thrilling sights than Chris Gayle in full flow. However, the swashbuckling Jamaican has looked a bit off-colour lately and he didn’t make any noteworthy contribution in the recently concluded season Caribbean T20 League. This will be the perfect moment for him to rise to the occasion and showcase his match-winning abilities with a good performance.
Rajasthan signed up Chris Morris for a whopping Rs 16.25 crore in the Indian Premier League 2021 auction. The all-rounder was in decent form in the first leg of IPL 2021. However, South Africa have surprisingly left him off their T20 World Cup squad. Pressure to perform will definitely be there on the star all-rounder and his vast experience will play a huge role for Rajasthan this season.
The Punjab skipper has been a proven match-winner for his franchise and team India in the past few years. He has shown exceptional consistency in his game and would be looking to continue his rich vein of form with a good showing. KXIP are highly dependent on their skipper and he will again carry a huge responsibility on his shoulders to lead his team to victory against Rajasthan.
Probable Playing XI
Punjab: KL Rahul (c) (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Harpreet Brar, Shahrukh Khan, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh
Rajasthan: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (wk) (c), Liam Livingstone, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Jaydev Unadkat, Mustafizur Rahman