It’s already been a week that we witnessed so many exciting matches of the thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Further, as per schedule, Rajasthan Royals (RR) will take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Sharjah on Sunday.

Both the teams have started well in this tournament and have proven themselves competent in all the departments. The match is likely to witness a close fight. 

Team composition: Since the respective players of both the teams performed reasonably well in their initial matches, the teams look pretty confident and balanced. However, if Jos Butler joins RR after the completion of his quarantine, RR might be at an advantageous position. 

2019 Journey: KXIP and RR were almost at par with each other in the previous season. KXIP finished 6th while RR finished 7th on the points table.

Head-to-head: Both the teams have clashed 19 times with each other. Of these, RR have won 10 times while KXIP have won 9 times. No wonders both the teams are equally competent, and it's the time for KXIP to bring the graph to level. 

Weather and pitch report: With no signs of rain, the temperature is all likely to be as high as 38 degrees. Unlike other stadiums in the UAE, the Sharjah track is a flat one. Also, with a small ground, it is likely to once again be a high-scoring encounter.

Predicted XI: 
RR: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson (wk), Steven Smith (c), David Miller, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jofra Archer, Jaydev Unadkat.
KXIP:  KL Rahul (wk & c), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, James Neesham, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi.

Dream XI Players:
Batsmen: Mayank Agarwal, Steven Smith, Yashasvi Jaiswal. The three can provide the thrust required at the start. 
All-Rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Rahul Tewatia. The powerful duo can smash the ball for those big hits. 
Keeper: KL Rahul (C), Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson (VC). Besides keeping they are excellent with the bat and can perform when required. 
Bowlers: Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Tom Curran. The bowling arena can bring trouble to the opposition. 

Players to look out for:
Yashasvi Jaiswal: The youngster will have to prove his worth of 2.4 crores and will be closely eyed by team management this time.
Karun Nair: Nair has been unable to put forth an adequate score in the two matches that Punjab played. He will have to show his skills at the position which is so demanding.
Glenn Maxwell: The Australian all-rounder has been unable to enthuse the crowd with his power-hitting abilities, but can fire on any given day.
David Miller: The England player will surely turn the tables around. He had to depart without playing any ball, owing to the poor running.