Chris Gayle came back for the home side replacing Travis Head after the Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and decided to bowl first against Kings XI Punjab. Skipper Virat Kohli also added a leg-spinner t the side, as an injured Adam Milne was replaced by Samuel Badree.
On the other hand, there was no change in the Kings XI Punjab playing eleven, which is playing a game after a break of five days. They dominated Delhi Daredevils in their last game by packing them on a mere score of 67.
The doors for Kings XI Punjab to the next stage are still open, as they have five games remaining in the season and Glenn Maxwell-led team will look to dominate the opposition in order to keep their race to next round alive.
Here is what both the captains said at the time of the toss –
“We have got the most games left in the season and we are in still with a chance to make it to the finals. Our batting group has been pretty good and we were outstanding with the ball in the last game. Hopefully, we can keep the standards up there for the rest of the games. We are unchanged for the first time, so very happy.”
“We are going to bowl first. This looks like a better wicket. It’s not been the ideal season so far. Travis Head, Adam Milne are out, Chris Gayle and Samuel Badree are back.”
Here is the playing XI of both the sides –
Kings XI Punjab – Martin Guptill, Hashim Amla, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell (Capt.), Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan.
Royal Challengers Bangalore – Virat Kohli (Capt.), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav (WK), Shane Watson, Pawan Negi, Samuel Badree, Sreenath Aravind, Aniket Choudhary, Yuzvendra Chahal, Aniket Choudhary.