The Rajasthan Royals will play against Kings XI Punjab on Sunday, April 20, 2014 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium at 8:00pm IST.
Time: 6.30 pm UAE/ 8.00 pm IST/ 2.30 pm GMT.
Venue : Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, UAE
Umpires: Billy Bowden, Marais Erasmus, S. Ravi, Krishnamachari Bharatan.
Referee: Andy Pycroft.
Preview: Fresh from their win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Friday in their opening match, Rajasthan Royals (RR), who were betrayed by Indian pacer S Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan for allegedly indulging in spot-fixing in at least three IPL matches last season, will now emerge stronger than before to get second match in their way.
Otherwise, RR ended up third in the last year`s season under Rahul Dravid, and their new captain Shane Watson in the current season was open that the case of a couple of bad apples were removed. With Dravid retained as mentor, the team coach Paddy, the team will be looking for consistency this series with a well balanced team.
Steven Smith, Tim Southee, Unmukt Chand and Rajat Bhatia, besides Watson, Ajinkya Rahane, Stuart Binny, Sanju Samson, James Faulkner and Brad Hodge, the team is getting stronger with each win in IPL 2014 season.
Kings XI Punjab, revamped but lost in their opening match against CSK but now try to avenge their loss in their clash against Rajasthan Royals. Led by Australian George Bailey, Punjab won Virender Sehwag, the Delhi-dasher who is bound to enthrall the game viewers with his mortifying attacks but needs to fine tune his skills. “No doubt, he will have a big impact. Having him around the group is a great thing. It will be great for him to go out and play with freedom,” Bailey said.
Other strikes by KXIP at the auction include Mitchell Johnson, the Australian speedster for an impressive bid of Rs 6.5 crore should complement the expectations. In addition, they have Australian batsman Shaun Marsh, who can prove to a crucial factor in winning any game for the KXIP team.
Prediction: Kings XI Punjab will strive hard to win the game but Rajasthan Royals, riding high on their first win, will be more competitive to win the game.
Where to Watch Live:
List of TV channels Showing Live: India : Set Max and Sony Six
In neighbouring Pakistan Geo Super will show it live, while Australian viewers can watch it live on Seven Sport and 7mate (Seven Network) and in Hong Kong, Now TV (PCCW) will show it.
Bangladesh fans, if any, can see the match live on Channel 9 and Indian NRIs or PIOs in Canada can watch it live at Sportsnet One/Omni Television/Sportsnet (Rogers media). In the Caribbean, Sportsmax will show it live and in Malayasia and Brunei, Astro channel will be beaming it live.
In Nepal, Set Max willl be accessible and in Sri Lanka, Carlton Sports Network (CSN) will show the match. In New Zealand, Sky Television Network will show it live and in South Africa or the entire African continent can tune in to SuperSport to watch it.
In Singapore, Cricket Extra (StarHub), in UAE and other Arab Countries, Indian origin fans can see it on CricOne (Arab Digital Network) and in UK, watch it live on ITV4 (ITV). In the United States, turn to Willow.tv, NEO Sports, if you don’t want to miss the match.
Online live streaming Information: Watch Live Streaming on YoutubeHERE or Starsports online HERE or HERE. For US viewers, the play starts at 9:30am CST and they can access the Willow TV for Live coverage. US viewers can watch the match live on mobile and internet HERE. For er parts of the world, click HERE. For Livescore, check ESPNCricinfo.com.