Richard Illingworth (England), Krishnamachari Srinivasan (India), Chettithody Shamshuddin (India, TV)
The Sharjah pitch is comparatively drier to the ones in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. It will slow down in the second innings but it won't be that big a deterrent as batsmen will enjoy the luxury of the smaller dimensions of the ground. Considering the line-ups of the two sides, 400 runs will be scored encompassing both innings.
The weather will be hot and humid with evening temperatures varying between 33 and 32 degress celsius. There isn't any possibility of rain, so we are in for full 40 overs.
The Kings XI Punjab will be full of confidence going into tonight's game. Both their bowling and batting department flourished in the game against RCB as they registered their second-biggest IPL victory in terms of runs - 97 runs. Most importantly, that was on a sluggish surface in Dubai. So, RR would be really wary of the firepower KXIP possess and would look to make early inroads. On the other hand, RR are also a side to watch out for, particularly after their batting exploits against CSK on Tuesday. Their line-up would further be enhnaced by the addition of Jos Buttler. So, both teams would look to make early inroads. If not, we'd be in for yet another run-feast if any batsman sees himself in and starts exploiting the shorter boundaries.
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We are in for a high-scoring contest in Sharjah tonight. It would be ideal to win the toss and field first. Though the surface would slow down in the second innings, run-scoring won't be as difficult as it is in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Plus, the dew factor would come to the aid of the team batting second.