Royals and Punjab are both situated in 5th and 6th positions in the IPL 2021 Table, and both on 6 points. Both teams would like to get off to a quick start in Phase 2 and look to avoid a mid-table scrap.
When: Tuesday, 21st September, 7:30 PM IST
Where: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Pitch report: One side of the field is much bigger in size and tends to support the bowlers. Pitch looked to be playing out double-paced in the MI vs CSK game and looks like the story going forward in the IPL
The royals have a lot of foreign newcomers coming into their squad. Their English quota of Archer and Stokes are out but have been replaced by T20 number 1 bowler Shamshi, and Glen Phillips.
Evan Lewis and Oshanne Thomas have also been bought in as replacements. Evan Lewis had an outstanding CPL with 426 runs, and will look to prove his doubters from his stint with MI wrong.
Liam Livingstone is also coming into the tournament as one of the most on-form batsmen in the world and just improves the explosiveness of the batting line-up including Indian youngsters Samson, and Parag.
Stokes, Archer, Butler, and Tye all missing for phase 2. Evin Lewis got a shoulder injury in the CPL final and will go through a fitness test before the game.
Probable starting XI:
Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Liam Livingstone, Sanju Samson, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris, Kartik Tyagi, Chetan Sakariya, Tabraiz Shamsi
The kings rely a lot on their opening partnership of KL Rahul and Mayank Aggarwal. Punjab tends to do well when their captain performs.
Chris Gayle did not start the first few games, but when he came into the side they looked like a better unit. Expect him to start in the UAE leg of the IPL.
Replacement bowlers, Adil Rashid and Nathan Ellis are both likely to slot into the starting XI, which will bolster Punjab’s lineup.
No injuries at all. Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, and Dawid Malan pulled out of the UAE leg of IPL 2021.
Probable starting XI:
KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Sharukh Khan, Adil Rashid, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Ellis
- Livingstone is coming into the IPL having scored the most runs in the Hundred (348 in nine innings) at the best strike rate (178.46) with the most sixes (27)
- Mustafizur (43) and Shamsi (41) are the second and third highest wicket-takers in T20Is in 2021, behind Rashid Khan’s 49.
- The average first innings score in Dubai is 166
- When KL Rahul crosses the powerplay, he is yet to be dismissed in the middle overs, and strikes at a rate of 157
Head to Head
- Royals have won 12 games, 2 more than Punjab who has won 10 games. Their last game was a final over thriller in the first phase, won by the Kings with four runs.