The equation facing Rajasthan Royals is simple: Anything less than a victory against Kings XI Punjab means their season is over. The Royals are coming off a confidence-boosting victory against Mumbai Indians, thanks to Ben Stokes’ century, but they will now run into the most in-form team at the moment, with Kings XI racking up five consecutive wins.
The last time these two teams faced each other, it was the Royals who emerged victorious, completing the highest successful run chase in IPL history thanks to stunning knocks from Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia. However, Kings XI have strengthened significantly since then, adding Chris Gayle to their ranks. They also have Mayank Agarwal returning from injury, and he could slot straight back into the XI.
Kings XI Punjab vs Rajasthan Royals is available to view in India on Disney+ Hotstar, Jio TV and Airtel TV.
When does the KXIP vs RR live streaming start?
The KXIP vs RR live streaming will start at 7:00 PM India Time October 30, 2020.
Where is the KXIP vs RR match being played?
The KXIP vs RR match will be played at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in the UAE.
On which TV channels will KXIP vs RR live coverage be available?
In India, Star Sports 1 and 1HD, Star Sports Select 1 and 1HD and SS1 Hindi and 1 Hindi HD will telecast the match live.
Where can one find KXIP vs RR live score and commentary online?
The fastest and most comprehensive live score and details will be available here: KXIP vs RR live
What are the likely playing XIs for today’s KXIP vs RR game?
Kings XI Punjab: 1 Mayank Agarwal, 2 KL Rahul (capt, wk), 3 Chris Gayle, 4 Nicholas Pooran, 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Mandeep Singh/ Deepak Hooda, 7 Chris Jordan, 8 M Ashwin, 9 Mohammed Shami, 10 Ravi Bishnoi, 11 Arshdeep Singh
Rajasthan Royals: 1 Ben Stokes, 2 Robin Uthappa, 3 Sanju Samson, 4 Steven Smith (capt), 5 Jos Buttler (wk), 6 Riyan Parag, 7 Rahul Tewatia, 8 Shreyas Gopal, 9 Jofra Archer, 10 Ankit Rajpoot/ Varun Aaron/ Jaydev Unadkat, 11 Kartik Tyagi
Who are the captains for today’s KXIP vs RR game?
The captains for today’s game will be KL Rahul (KXIP) and Steven Smith (RR).
Who are the umpires for KXIP vs RR game?
The on-field umpires for today’s game will be Chris Gaffaney and S Ravi. The TV umpire will be Paschim Pathak.
Who will be the match referee for KXIP vs RR game?
The match referee for today’s game will be Manu Nayyar.
All telecast and streaming timings are according to information received from the host broadcaster.
Match Preview – South Africa vs England, England tour of South Africa 2020, 3rd T20I
You know, it’s beginning to look like England have got the hang of this white-ball stuff. After successfully completing their 50-over World Cup quest last year, they are now honing their competitive edge in the shortest format, ahead of back-to-back tournaments in 2021 and 2022. Victory in Paarl gave them a 2-0 lead with one to play, and extended their unbeaten run in T20I series to eight.
Both wins over South Africa were hard-fought, and Quinton de Kock could rightfully point to “one or two small things” that cost his side at Boland Park. But England are increasingly battle-hardened, both through success on the pitch and competition within the squad. Dawid Malan, ranked the ICC’s No. 1 T20I batsman, came into the tour saying he couldn’t be certain of his place in the side – but after scores of 42, 21 and 19 (a relative trough in his 18-match career) he produced the sort of match-winning hand that has made him all but impossible to leave out.
Ignoring the vagaries of form and conditions, Eoin Morgan might already feel he is closer to knowing his best XI – although the difficulties being experienced by Jason Roy could represent a problem to chew on. The batting looks dangerous, and Morgan seems perfectly suited to the finisher’s role at No. 6; the bowling features two of England’s most-successful T20I bowlers, plus the effortless brilliance of Jofra Archer, and is bolstered by healthy competition among the rest of the seamers. Only the emergence of further spin options could fatten their goose.
For the hosts, times are tough for a variety of reasons. The burden on de Kock as the team’s leader, best batsman and wicketkeeper looks a heavy one, and they face a fraught 12 months of trying to settle on the right combinations to support a T20 World Cup challenge.
To have victory snatched from your grasp is arguably harder to take than to not be in the running in the first place – but as Morgan’s side would attest, reflecting on the experience of Kolkata 2016 or Cardiff 2017, you only learn by getting into those positions and then dealing with the consequences. South Africa went down 2-1 to England earlier in the year, knowing that the series could have gone the other way. It would be hard to find the same consolation in a 3-0 whitewash, so de Kock and Mark Boucher will be looking for a response back at Newlands and signs that lessons are being learned.
(last five completed matches, most recent first)
South Africa LLLWL
In the spotlight
He has barely been in the role a year, but already de Kock seems a captain under the pump. His T20I win percentage is well below any of his permanent predecessors in the role – which must be all the more galling given his record with the bat has improved – and the strain of captaining, opening and keeping seemed evident at the toss in Paarl, where he cut a distracted figure (broadcaster technical issues notwithstanding). The unique off-field pressures of the South African system mean he should get plenty of leeway but it remains to be seen whether he can inspire his players to produce better on the field.
The focus will doubtless remain on Roy and his attempts to fight his way out of the paper bag of poor form he finds himself in. But it’s also worth highlighting the success of Adil Rashid and what that means for England’s World Cup planning. Rashid’s 2 for 23 in the second T20I saw him pass 50 wickets in the format and draw level with Graeme Swann as England’s most-prolific spinner. The flight and snap have returned after shoulder problems in 2019, and probably helps justify his reticence over a potential Test return and increase in workloads. But with Moeen Ali currently out of the side, England’s reliance on Rashid serves to underscore a lack of depth in the position.
South Africa looked stronger overall in Paarl, particularly their bowling, but there remains scope for another rejig back in Cape Town. Jon-Jon Smuts would provide another spin option if drafted into the middle order, while Lungi Ngidi’s spot could come in for scrutiny after leaking 51 from his four overs. Andile Phehlukwayo and David Miller remain unavailable for selection.
South Africa (possible): 1 Quinton de Kock (capt, wk), 2 Temba Bavuma, 3 Reeza Hendricks, 4 Faf du Plessis, 5 Rassie van der Dussen, 6 Heinrich Klaasen/Jon-Jon Smuts, 7 George Linde, 8 Lungi Ngidi/Beuran Hendricks/Lutho Sipamla, 9 Kagiso Rabada, 10 Anrich Nortje, 11 Tabraiz Shamsi
Despite having sealed the series, Morgan has said England will resist the temptation to experiment. However, a used pitch at Newlands might mean Moeen gets a chance as second spinner, while Mark Wood’s extra pace is another option – with Tom Curran and Chris Jordan both expensive in the first T20I.
England (possible): 1 Jason Roy, 2 Jos Buttler (wk), 3 Dawid Malan, 4 Jonny Bairstow, 5 Ben Stokes, 6 Eoin Morgan (capt), 7 Moeen Ali, 8 Sam Curran, 9 Jofra Archer, 10 Adil Rashid, 11 Mark Wood
Pitch and conditions
There was some spin on offer for the first game of the series, and that ought to increase with the same surface being used again. England felt the ball started to come on better under lights, which may influence the thinking for another day-night game. The forecast is for a cool day in Cape Town, with the chance of some rain earlier in the day.
Stats and trivia
Victory in the third T20I would see England draw level with Australia at the top of the ICC rankings.
Newlands has not been a happy hunting ground for South Africa in recent years, with five defeats in seven T20Is going back to 2016.
Jonny Bairstow needs 62 runs to become the fifth Englishman to reach 1000 in T20Is.
“Patience is key at the moment. The team haven’t played cricket together for five or six months, this is our first series back together, but over time, when we spend more time together, the results will start showing.”
De Kock eyes long-term improvements
“We will focus on trying to get our best XI out, given what type of pitch we might be playing on. I think we are on the same pitch as we played on at Newlands in the first game so we will have a look at that over the next couple of days and see potentially a change in the bowling line-up but I’d imagine the batting would stay the same.”
Morgan on England selection
LPL 2020 – Thisara Perera’s whirlwind 97 blows Dambulla Viiking away
How the game played out
Thisara Perera, seemingly possessed by the spirit of Andre Russell, transformed an ailing Jaffna Stallions innings into a truly imposing one, with an awesome exhibition of power hitting, as his team secured an ultimately comfortable win to remain unbeaten in the LPL.
Chasing 219 on most days is a tall ask, but it becomes downright daunting when it follows an innings as demoralising and deflating as the one Perera produced.
In what was his best-ever T20 score, and the second-highest by a No.7 batsman in T20 cricket (highest is, unsurprisingly, by Andre Russell), the raw numbers – 97 runs off 44 deliveries, including eight fours and seven sixes, at a strike-rate of 220 – only tell part of the story.
After all, the day had started so well for the Viiking. On a flat track, they had won the toss, chosen to field, and then utilised their bowling options to great effect, with five different bowlers keeping the Stallions to 40 for 4 inside the powerplay – the lowest powerplay total of the tournament. During this period, each of Lahiru Kumara, Ramesh Mendis, Anwar Ali and Samit Patel had struck in the first over of their opening spells. Life was good.
By the time Perera came to the crease, the Stallions were in an even more precarious position – 64 for 5 midway through the ninth over. But that’s where the good times end; in the final 10 overs, the Stallions would ransack 147 runs, with Perera responsible for 94 of them.
Even as late as the 19th over, with the score on 172 for 7, the Viiking might have imagined a target under 200 – more than they would have liked, sure, but still doable – only for Perera to plunder 30 more off Kumara. The 18 runs off the final over was just overkill, as were the two wickets he would pick up later.
The Viiking would respond with 152, a total which in another universe – one where Perera had an off-day, or wasn’t born – might have won them the game.
Stars of the day
Thisara Perera has long frustrated Sri Lankan fans with his inconsistent ways, but when he’s on song there are few batsmen in world cricket more destructive – which is why it’s probably not the best idea to repeatedly pitch the ball straight, full and in the slot.
The Viiking, who had done exceptionally well to nullify a strong Stallions top order, undid that work in equally exceptional fashion as they repeatedly tried and failed at executing yorkers. The mere fact that if you took away Perera’s runs from every part of the ground, aside from in front of the wicket, he would still end up with 56, tells its own story.
Aside from Perera, Usman Shinwari also deserves a mention for his four overs that produced three wickets for 16 runs – a spell which tweaked the difficulty slider on an already tough task.
Thisara waking up on the right side of the bed.
The big miss
The inability of the Viiking bowlers to hit their marks at the death proved costly, but Dasun Shanaka might look back ruefully at his decision not to bowl out Aftab Alam, the only one of his seamers that was executing his yorkers with some degree of consistency.
Patel, too, could have been an option in the latter overs, when it became clear Perera had got his eye in against pace. Paul Stirling, a more than decent off-break option in his own right, meanwhile did not get a bowl.
Bangabandhu T20 Cup – Mustafizur Rahman, Liton Das help Gazi Group Chattogram to third straight win
Gazi Group Chattogram continued their early dominance of the Bangabandhu T20 Cup, clinching their third consecutive win. This time they beat Fortune Barishal by 10 runs, a slightly tighter contest than their two big wins previously over Beximco Dhaka and Gemcon Khulna.
Chattogram’s left-arm duo of Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam strangled Barishal, particularly in the last five overs when they conceded just 39 runs when 50 was required for Barishal to win. They took three wickets each, apart from Mosaddek Hossain and Soumya Sarkar taking one each.
Barishal’s 152-run chase was on track till the 11th over when the captain Tamim Iqbal, who had single-handedly won them their previous game against Minister Group Rajshahi, fell trying to clear long-on. Tamim made a run-a-ball 32 with two sixes and a four, but the momentum shifted as soon as he left the scene.
Towhid Hridoy tried to accelerate, hitting two fours and a six in his 10-ball 17, while Afif Hossain hung around till the 17th over for his 24. The rest of the batting, however, just fizzled out in front of accurate left-arm quick bowling from Rahman and Islam.
Earlier, Liton Das and captain Mohammad Mithun had given Chattogram a decent powerplay when they reached 52 for 2. The Barishal bowlers slowed down the scoring rate somewhat in the following 12 overs, as well as taking the wickets of Liton, Shamsur Rahman and Ziaur Rahman.
It was the penultimate over that set Chattogram for a 150-plus total. Shykat Ali slammed Abu Jayed for three sixes in an over that went for 21 runs. Ali finished with an unbeaten 11-ball 27 while Das top-scored with 35.
Match Preview – South Africa vs England, England tour of South Africa 2020, 3rd T20I
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