The 9th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) is going to be played between KL Rahul led Kings XI Punjab and Steve Smith led Rajasthan Royals. Coming into the match after morale-winning victories, both KXIP and the Royals would look to build a winning momentum after starting the tournament as underdogs.
England star batsman Jos Buttler, who was out of the Rajasthan Royals’ first match in the Indian Premier League (IPL) due to quarantine rules, is about to make a comeback against Kings XI Punjab. He said that he is excited to get on the field for the team on Sunday.
“I am really excited to play my first game. It was great to be back in training with the boys, there’s a great vibe around the team so I’m really looking forward to taking the field,” Buttler said on the eve of the match.
“The atmosphere and energy around the squad are fantastic, obviously lots of confidence after that first game. The training has been very energetic, guys are lively and enjoying each other’s company. So expecting a really tough match against Kings XI,” Buttler said after a net session at Sharjah ground.
Wicket-keeper batsman Buttler said that Lokesh Rahul played an exceptional inning against RCB. As always, his wicket will be very important this time too.
“KL Rahul was in exceptional form the other night against RCB, so he will be a key wicket as always and I think we’ll see another potentially high-scoring game at Sharjah with small boundaries and the dew factor coming in,” said the Buttler.
For Rajasthan Royals, Sanju Samson and captain Steve Smith batted brilliantly against the Chennai Super Kings, helping the team start the tournament with a win.
“Great to get a win on the board, the team played fantastically well in the first game. It was an outstanding batting performance and a fantastic bowling performance in tough bowling conditions,” Buttler said, appreciating colleagues.
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (C), Mayank Agarwal, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, James Neesham, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Krishnappa Gowtham, Harpreet Brar, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Simran Singh (WK), Jagadeesha Suchith, Tajinder Singh, Hardus Viljoen.
Steve Smith (C), Jos Buttler (WK), Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson (WK), Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Manan Vohra, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye, David Miller, Tom Curran, Aniruddha Joshi, Shreyas Gopal, Riyan Parag, Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Anuj Rawat, Mahipal Lomror, Mayank Markande.