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2.1 overs: FOUR! Short from Jaydev Unadkat and Mayank Agarwal pulls it for his second boundary. Agarwal was waiting for it on the back-foot. Was not able to time it properly but still manages to get 4 runs. KXIP 15/0
1.2 overs: SIX! A terrific strike from Mayank Agarwal off Ankit Rajpoot as Rajasthan Royals collect their first boundary of the match. Hits him straight down the ground for a maximum. Agarwal just timed that to perfection. KIXP 9/0
End of 1st over: A tidy start from Jaydev Unadkat. Three from his first over. Ankit Rajpoot to share the new ball with Unadkat from the other end. KXIP 3/0
0.1 overs: And KL Rahul gets off the mark straightaway with an easy single. Tucks the ball on the off side and Mayank Agarwal responds well to his call. KXIP 1/0
Mayank Agarwal and skipper KL Rahul walk out to the middle to start the Kings XI Punjab innings. Jaydev Unadkat has the new ball in hand for Rajasthan Royals. A slip in place for him. Rahul to face the first ball. Here we go!
Playing XI for both teams
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Steven Smith(c), Sanju Samson(w), Robin Uthappa, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Rajpoot
Kings XI Punjab: Mayank Agarwal, Lokesh Rahul(w/c), Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, James Neesham, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell

Captains at the toss
Steve Smith: “We are gonna bowl. It was a little bit tacky in the first innings last game, that’s the reason we are chasing. After the end of the last game, we know how wet it was. Miller’s out and Rajpoot’s in. Buttler is in. Hopefully I’ll spend a little more time in the middle tonight.”
KL Rahul: “We are still looking for the same process, get a good start. It’s either been 150 or 200-plus. The lengths might change a little bit. It’s a small ground, so the margin for error is a little less.”

TOSS NEWS: Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith wins toss, opts to bowl against Kings XI Punjab.
Jos Buttler on joining the Royals after quarantine: “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. The atmosphere and energy around the squad is fantastic, obviously lots of confidence after that first game,”
Match facts
– RR have a 10-9 H-2-H advantage over KXIP
– RR’s Sanju Samson is two short from 100 sixes in the IPL
– KXIP’s Glenn Maxwell is nine away from the landmark

Players are out on the field, warming up ahead of the start. We are 30 minutes away from the toss.

Both Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab go into the match with victories behind their back. RR convincingly defeated Chennai Super Kings in their opener while KXIP demolished Royal Challengers Bangalore in the previous game.

Hello and welcome to TimesofIndia.com’s live coverage of Match 9 of IPL 2020 between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab in Sharjah.





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