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RR vs KKR, IPL 2020: Kolkata, Rajasthan name playing XI

Rajasthan Royals have found two stars in Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia, who have outshone marquee players in last two matches.

By: Sports Desk | Updated: October 1, 2020 7:22:17 am
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It’s a clear battle between two giants in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) today at the Dubai International Stadium. The Kolkata Knight Riders will have to bat out of their skin to stop a marauding Rajasthan Royals. Having started off as underdogs, the Royals have taken the IPL by storm, chasing down the highest tournament total 224 against Kings XI Punjab in their last match.

In two wins from two matches, the Royals have got past the 200-mark with ease. In their success, they have found two stars in Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia, who have outshone marquee players.

IPL 2020, RR vs KKR Live

In his second coming at the Royals, little known Haryana all-rounder Tewatia has got instant stardom for his 31-ball 53 against KXIP, which helped the side chase down a record 224 with three balls to spare against KXIP.

To match or even surpass the Royals, KKR have the biggest stars in Andre Russell to go a long with reigning World Cup-winning English skipper Eoin Morgan, one of the best in limited-overs.

Rajasthan Royals Full squad, players list |  Kolkata Knight Riders Full squad, players list |  IPL 2020 Points Table

 

Live Blog
19:04 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Teams:

Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Jos Buttler(w), Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson, Rahul Tewatia, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Jofra Archer, Tom Curran, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat

19:03 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Toss Update:

Rajasthan Royals have won the toss and have opted to field

18:54 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Andre Russell for captaincy tonight!

David Hussey is open to the idea of Andre Russell batting up the order for Kolkata Knight Riders. Surely he is in your team? And if he is then he must be your captain.

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18:50 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Last minute team changes?
18:45 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Is Nagarkoti in your team?

Nagarkoti seems to be hitting the right notes and timber!

18:08 (IST)30 Sep 2020
KKR

Probable XI: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti

17:54 (IST)30 Sep 2020
RR

Probable XI: Steven Smith (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat

17:31 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Shane Warne on Sanju Samson!

Of all the talented cricketers that Shane Warne has seen over the years, Sanju Samson is the one that strikes him as “something else” and the Rajasthan Royals mentor feels that the big-hitting batsman would become an India regular in all formats if this IPL goes well for him. 

“He’s (Samson) such a talented player. I have seen a lot of talented cricketers in my time but watching Samson bat in the nets, being around him, speaking to him over the years and now watching him evolve, I mean he is something else,” Warne said.[Read full story]

16:40 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Last time RR played against KKR in UAE

3 required in 1 ball to win super over.

Nudged to cover for two runs and tied the score.

RR won as they hit more boundaries than KKR!

16:20 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Will Samson-Tewatia come good again? 

Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia were the protagonists of Rajasthan Royals’ (RR) improbable win against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. While Samson set the platform with a breathtaking 85 (42 balls), Tewatia rose to the occasion with a match-winning 53 (31) as the Royals chased down a total of 224 to defeat KXIP by four wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday. 

15:55 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Take a look at full stats of the IPL 2020

With two wins in two matches, Steve Smith's Rajasthan Royals are table toppers. While the defending champions Mumbai have tumbled to fifth place in the point tally. More surprisingly, MSD's Chennai Super Kings are at the bottom after two defeats in three matches they played. Here are full stats from the IPL 2020 so far.

IPL 2020 Points Table: IPL Season 13 Team Standings, Purple Cap, Orange Cap Holder List

15:27 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Most sixes in the IPL so far

Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson has hit 16 sixes in just two matches he has played this season. He tops the table followed by Mayank Agarwal (11) of Punjab and Ishan Kishan (9) of Mumbai.Punjab skipper KL Rahul comes fourth with 9 sixes and Rahul Tewatia at five with 7 sixes so far in the IPL.

14:33 (IST)30 Sep 2020
MI and KXIP are back with a loss

Coming off heartbreaking losses, the Indian Premier League game between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab will be a test of character for both sides as they look to regain momentum on Thursday. KXIP were at the receiving end of the highest successful run-chase in the tournament history as Rajasthan Royals overhauled a target of 224 with three balls to spare on Sunday.

Similarly, after losing to Delhi Capitals in their opener, KXIP came back strongly to register their first points by defeating RCB. But, despite a fabulous batting display, they lost to Rajasthan. [Read More]

14:07 (IST)30 Sep 2020
MS Dhoni turns film producer!

Former India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who forayed in the entertainment industry with a documentary as producer last year, will next be backing a mythological sci-fi web-series. Dhoni Entertainment, the media company founded by the two-time World Cup-winning captain who announced his retirement from international cricket in August, produced their debut project the docu series

"Roar of the Lion" in 2019. Directed by Kabir Khan, "Roar of the Lion" charted the comeback of the Chennai Super Kings, the Chennai franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL), under skipper Dhoni, following a two-year suspension for spot-fixing.

13:48 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Who is going to win today's match?

To match or even surpass the Royals, KKR have the biggest stars in Andre Russell to go along with reigning World Cup winning English skipper Eoin Morgan, one of the best in limited-overs cricket.

13:45 (IST)30 Sep 2020
We were outplayed, no excuses from us: Ricky Ponting

Delhi Capitals coach Ricky Ponting had no qualms in admitting that they were “outplayed” in all departments in the IPL game against Sunrisers Hyderabad and refused to blame the pitch, saying it played better when his team batted. This was Delhi Capitals’ first loss of the season. Chasing 163 for win and to maintain a clean slate, DC were restricted to 147 for seven at the Shaikh Zayed Stadium on Tuesday night. [Read More]

13:05 (IST)30 Sep 2020
The best of KKR vs RR clashes

KKR and RR have faced each other in 20 times since 2008 of which Rajasthan have won nine, while Kolkata won 11 contests. One match in the 2015 season was abandoned. Rajasthan were unbeaten in their first three clashes against Kolkata, but since then the Knight Riders have enjoyed more success. KKR have won four of the five last clashes between the two teams. [Read More]

11:42 (IST)30 Sep 2020
We know what Sanju Samson did this summer

During the lockdown, when there was no clarity about when he would get to play his next match, Sanju Samson got the opportunity to reassess his game and fine-tune his skills. In April, he began preparations with his mentor and former Kerala team-mate, Raiphi Gomez, in Thiruvananthapuram.

The two would spend time together, discussing cricket. During one of those chats, Sanju told Gomez that it was lack of consistency that was preventing his development into a prolific run-scorer. “He had hardly scored anything substantial in the last IPL after one century. It’s something that has been hurting him for a while now. He was worried that he was not able to take the game to the next level,” Gomez told The Indian Express. [Read More]

11:38 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Second case of slow over-rate in IPL 2020

Delhi Capitals have had a double blow on Tuesday night as the Shreyas Iyer led team lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad and the skipper has also been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate.Shreyas has been fined Rs. 12 lakh as this was DC’s first offence of slow over-rate in the ongoing IPL season. ” As it was his team’s first offence of the season under IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Iyer was fined Rs. 12 Lakh,” said an official statement.

10:16 (IST)30 Sep 2020
Dinesh Karthik vs Steve Smith

Hello and welcome, 

The Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) has entered into its second week and the 12th match of the season is being played today at the Dubai International Stadium. Do follow this live blog for all the updates from the IPL match throughout the day.