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IPL 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab – KXIP Predicted XI

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) are set to face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Thursday (October 15) in Sharjah in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. They had registered victory in their first meeting against RCB which is notably their so far only win in the ongoing tournament.

KXIP will be desperate to win the match against RCB after facing a disappointing defeat against KKR. They will need all-round effort from the team to register a victory against Virat Kohli men, who are coming off from back-to-back victories.

Kings XI Punjab Predicted XI against Kolkata Knight Riders:

Chris Gayle:

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KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Chris Gayle needs to come back in the Kings XI Punjab’s playing XI to give more depth at batting order. KL Rahul or Mayank Agarwal can be pushed one position back to make a spot for the universal boss. His inclusion in the team will be a big boost to KXIP and decrease the burden on to score runs.

KL Rahul:

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KL Rahul is leading the table of scoring most runs, but his team is unable to win matches. He has scored 387 runs in seven matches, but his team has won only one match so far. Now, with Chris Gayle coming back as his opening partner, he will anchor the innings and try to stay longer on the field not to expose the middle-order early.

Mayank Agarwal:

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Mayank Agarwal is the second leading scorer for Kings XI Punjab. He has opened the innings with KL Rahul in the past seven matches, but he may not open in the next match because Gayle is entering at the top position. KXIP will want him to deliver the same performance at no.3 position as in the previous matches of this season.

Nicholas Pooran:

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Nicholas Pooran is taking responsibility to score runs after KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, and he is the only good positive factor that has come out in the last three defeats of Kings XI Punjab. He scored his first maiden fifty of IPL against SRH and tried to take close to the chase even though the wickets around him fell like of heap of the card. The Windies is going to play a significant role for the team this season.

Glenn Maxwell:

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Although Glenn Maxwell is struggling to score runs, Kings XI Punjab will back him in another four to five games seeing his exploits in international cricket. He will be expected to find his form soon. Otherwise, the team will get hurt in further matches as well.

Mandeep Singh:

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Mandeep Singh is the powerful striker, but he has still not got a good day with his bat. Kings XI Punjab will want him to come out more aggressive in the field in middle-order and accelerate the innings.

Krishnappa Gowtham:

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Replacing Mujeeb Ur Rahaman, Krishnappa Gowtham will be brought back into the attack. The off-spinner played the last match against Mumbai Indians where he scored unbeaten 22 runs and also picked one wicket. In the IPL 2018 season, he was a regular player for Rajasthan Royals.

Ravi Bishnoi:

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Ravi Bishnoi has taken the responsibility very well even though his efforts have not ended up in winning cause. He has picked up eight wickets in seven matches. Against SRH, he brought Kings XI Punjab back in the game by breaking the century partnership of Jonny Bairstow and David Warner. The 20-year-old is going to play a crucial role in Punjab.

Mohammed Shami:

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Mohammed Shami is in the best form of his career. He has picked up ten wickets in seven matches at the economy rate of 8.36. However, in the last two matches, he has failed to pick wickets in the power play which has affected the team’s performance. Kings XI Punjab will want him to get things right back on track for the team.

Sheldon Cottrell:

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Sheldon Cottrell went wicketless while also proved expensive as he bowled three overs against SRH in the last match. When the main bowler fails to pick a wicket, the team had suffered because of it. Similarly, it happened for Kings XI Punjab as SRH posted 201 runs total. KXIP will want him to bounce back stronger against RCB.

Arshdeep Singh:

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The youngster got his first game for KXIP against SRH and impressed everyone with his performance. The left-arm pacer bagged two wickets of Manish Pandey and Priyam Garg. In the last match against KKR, he picked the wicket, Andre Russell. He will maintain his spot in the playing XI against KKR.

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IPL 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab – RCB Predicted XI

After winning their first match in Sharjah against Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are set to play their next match in the same venue against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Thursday (October 15).

With an all-around team effort, Royal Challengers Bangalore had registered a comprehensive win of 82 runs against Kolkata Knight Riders at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Their bowling attack has always been a problem, but they choked KKR batsman to score runs. There were a lot more positive for RCB to take out from that match which will help them to boost their confidence as they strive to win the trophy this year.

To combat KXIP, RCB will not take a risk to disturb their playing XI which played against KKR. They also have the upper hand in the game because they are well acquainted with the pitch condition.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Predicted XI against KXIP:

Devdutt Padikkal:

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Devdutt Padikkal has taken off the burden from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to score runs. In just the last seven matches, he has registered three-half centuries and maintained a healthy strike rate of  126.56. Overall, he has scored 243 runs. If the youngster remains consistent and always gives a good start to the team, RCB will always have a good score on the board.

Aaron Finch:

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Aaron Finch has played decent knocks but is yet to play a big knock. He has scored 171 runs in seven matches at the strike rate of 114.00. In the last match in Sharjah, he had scored 47 runs and gave a good start to the team. Royal Challengers Bangalore will expect from Australia’s white-ball captain to give a similar performance against KXIP.

3. Virat Kohli (c):

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Against KKR in Sharjah, Virat Kohli had struggled to score runs because of the slowish pitch condition. But as now he had already got acquainted with its condition, the Royal Challengers Bangalore captain will look to play a big knock and save his wicket.

4. AB de Villiers (wk):

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AB de Villiers is going to be the difference-maker between RCB and KXIP. Every batter struggled to score runs in Sharjah in the last match, but AB was unstoppable. The flamboyant batsman went on to score 73 runs off 33 balls, striking five fours and six sixes to demolish KKR’s attack. If de Villiers plays a similar knock against KXIP, nobody could stop Royal Challengers Bangalore to win the match.

5. Washington Sundar:

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Washington Sundar is bowling exceptionally this season. In the last match against KKR, he snared two wickets while gave away only 20 runs in his four overs spell. He partnered with Yuzvendra Chahal to suffocate the batsman to score runs in middle-overs which guided Royal Challengers Bangalore to an emphatic win. The off-spinner has become the match-winner for RCB.

6. Shivam Dube:

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Shivam Dube is the power-hitter of Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has got the ability to hit long sixes and take on the bowlers at death overs. However, the towering allrounder has not got many chances because of the massive contribution from top-order. He will be looking to capitalize on the opportunity to score good runs for his side against KXIP.

7. Chirs Morris:

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Chris Morris is the key player for Royal Challengers Bangalore. After missing five matches because of injury, the fast bowling allrounder has joined the playing XI. His addition has made RCB’s bowling attack more stronger. In two matches, he has picked up five wickets at the staggering economy rate of 4.50. Morris is going to play a pivotal role to fulfil RCB’s dream to lift the trophy.

8. Isuru Udana:

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Isuru Udana has got the knack of picking wickets at crucial stages. The pacer has picked up seven wickets in five matches. Although he has not been economical, he has succeeded in giving breakthroughs to Royal Challengers Bangalore.

9.Navdeep Saini:

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Navdeep Saini spearhead’s RCB’s bowling attack. The youngster has improved his ability to bowl perfect yorkers and can quite comfortably clock more than 140 kmph on the speed gun. In the last match against KKR, he bowled three overs and conceded only 17 runs while also picked one wicket.

10. Yuzvendra Chahal:

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Yuzvendra Chahal is the game-changer and match-winner for Royal Challengers Bangalore. His mind games bamboozle batsmen while his accuracy helps him to get the wickets easily. The wrist-spinner has picked up 10 wickets in seven matches at the economy rate of 7.07.

11. Mohammed Siraj:

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Mohammed Siraj has snared three wickets in the last two matches. He has also got the ability to pick wickets at crunch situations to bring back his side in the game.

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IPL 2019: Watch – Virat Kohli Gives Ravichandran Ashwin a Fiery Send-off

The 42nd clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab saw some heated exchanges between players of both the camps. With two animated skippers – Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin up against each other, it was quite obvious. Bangalore eventually held nerves to take home the tie by 17 runs at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Batting first, AB de Villiers-fuelled mayhem, in the end, gave Royal Challengers Bangalore far more than what they’d have expected to score after their collapse in the middle overs. Bangalore scored 64 runs in the last 18 balls as Hardus Viljoen, and Shami just couldn’t get their lengths right to post 202 runs on the board. Previously, Moeen Ali got the home side off to a flier adding 70 runs in the powerplays despite losing Virat Kohli early. But once Parthiv got out, Moeen Ali and Akshdeep Nath also followed to reel at 84 for four.

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Although it looked like a massive target, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle got Kings XI Punjab off to a flying start. They added 36 runs off the first three overs before Gayle holed out to long-on while trying to clear the ground for the second time in a row. Rahul and Mayank Agarwal kept the visitors in the game, but some timely wickets in the middle overs helped Royal Challengers Bangalore crawl back in the game. But Nicholas Pooran played some delightful shots to keep their team in the mix. With 30 needed off the last two, young seamer Navdeep Saini bowled an outstanding over to almost seal the tie. He removed both the set batsmen and gave away only 30 runs to give Umesh Yadav 27 runs to bowl at.

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Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin struck the first ball for a six to make the game more interesting. But he holed out to Virat Kohli in the very next ball as the Bangalore skipper timed his jump to perfection to complete a brilliant catch. Kohli gave a fiery send-off to Ashwin and hurled a mouthful at Ashwin as the batsman was fuming in anger. On reaching the dugout Ashwin threw his gloves to the dugout.

Watch the video here:

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IPL 2019, RCB vs KXIP: We Are Doing Good as a Team – AB de Villiers

Mr 360 AB de Villiers blasted 44-ball 82. His whirlwind knock has propelled hosts to 202 for four in 20 overs. The right-handed stalwart for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), de Villiers has taken the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) bowlers to the cleaners. He clobbered seven sixes apart from three fours.

As RCB has slammed 64 off last 18 balls, de Villiers hit a monstrous six on the bowling off Mohammed Shami which landed on the rooftop of the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. He expressed himself by entertaining the Bengaluru crowd before Hardus Viljoen leaked 27 runs in the 20th over of RCB’s innings.

However, Umesh Yadav alongside Navdeep Saini bowled well as they shared five wickets between them.

Eventually, it helped hosts to win their all-important game by 17 runs. The hosts went on to win their third consecutive game of the IPL season 12.

The visitors were going good at one stage. They posted 105 for one in 10 overs before Moeen Ali dismissed in-form KL Rahul.

In the end, Ravichandran Ashwin-led side was restricted at 185 for seven in 20 overs.

Earlier, the RCB led by Virat Kohli has lost six matches on the trot, as the skipper bagged an unwanted record. However, the improvement and contribution from players saw RCB coming from the behind – to win games when they’re hanging on the thin thread.

On being adjudged Man of the Match, de Villiers, has credited the all-round show. He maintained the unit is doing an outstanding job, of late.

The veteran batsman reiterated that things tend to get easier in the second innings and he tried to stay composed at the fag end of the innings.

“I tried to stay calm in the last few overs. We know our home ground very well and we are doing things well now. We are doing good as a team now. I still think 160 was a par score. But it gets easier in the second innings,” de Villiers said during a post-match presentation.

Now, with this recent win, Bangalore-based franchise has moved to No. 7. So far, they’ve won four out of 11 matches.

But, they have dropped as many as 22 catches in this season which is a worrying sign for the RCB.

They’ve to win the remainder of the games to stay in the contest of the ongoing twelfth edition of the lucrative league.

RCB is set to face high-flying Delhi Capitals (DC) on April 28 at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi.

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IPL 2019, RCB vs KXIP: AB de Villiers, Umesh Yadav Shone as RCB Won Three on the Trot

In an enticing contest at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday night, the pendulum swung to and from before hosts prevailed. With this, they won three games in a row while beating visitors by 17 runs. Thanks to AB de Villiers’ all-round show on the field apart from Umesh Yadav’s brilliance with the ball.

However, the Windies World Cup-bound Nicholas Pooran 46 (28) tried his best, but hosts bowlers bowled their heart out despite Dale Steyn warming the bench.

The hosts restricted guests on 185 for seven in 20 overs. Umesh bagged three wickets, whereas, Navdeep Saini claimed two scalps. Moeen Ali and Marcus Stoinis picked wicket apiece.

Turning Point:

The go-slow approach from David Miller has somewhat affected the visitors.

2nd Innings – KXI

In the run-chase, the visitors relied on a cautious start from Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle. The opening pair struck 42 in 3.2 overs before de Villiers caught explosive batsman Gayle inches inside the boundary ropes. For RCB, Umesh Yadav provided the breakthrough when Rahul and Gayle looked in good touch.

Gayle returned to the pavilion after scoring 10-ball 23.

However, Rahul batted sensibly and showed some grit to stitch 59-run partnership for the second wicket. Mayank Agarwal lost his wicket when Yuzvendra Chahal took a simple catch on the bowling of Umesh.

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Ali bagged crucial wicket of in-form Rahul. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Interestingly, on the first ball of 11th over delivered by Moeen Ali, Rahul went for a big shot when Stoinis adjusted himself to take a clean catch in the deep.

At one stage, the visitors were 105 for one in 10 overs.

Toss:

KXIP won the toss and opted to bowl first on a placid-look surface at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

1st Innings – RCB

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De Villiers canter KXIP bowlers. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Hosts had a brisk start when wicketkeeper-batsman looked Parthiv Patel looked altogether a different batsman. He helped his side to race to 35 in 3 overs. However, Mohammed Shami bagged a prized scalp of RCB skipper Virat Kohli. The top-order batsman scored 13 off eight balls before Mandeep Singh completed a dolly.

For the second wicket, Patel added 36 runs alongside AB de Villiers. Patel was caught by skipper Ravichandran Ashwin on the bowling of namesake Murugan Ashwin. Patel slammed 24-ball 43. His innings was laced with seven fours and two sixes.

Moeen Ali, who has been in some form, was cleaned up by R Ashwin. He managed to score four off five balls. Akshdeep Nath couldn’t do much as he was caught by Mandeep on the bowling of Hardus Viljoen

On the other side, de Villiers played a remarkable role by smashing yet another IPL fifty. Apart from hitting the towering six that landed on the roof-top of the stadium, de Villiers clobbered six sixes.

At one stage, the hosts looked to score around 170, but de Villiers alongside Marcus Stoinis have thrashed apart KXIP’s bowlers. In the 20th over, Viljoen conceded 27 runs which subsequently saw the home team post 202 for four on board.

For the fourth wicket, de Villiers alongside Stoinis forged a 121-run partnership. De Villiers scored whirlwind 82* off just 44 balls. Besides Stoinis faced 34 balls for his unbeaten 46.

Shami, who conceded 51 runs off four overs bagged a wicket each alongside Viljoen, R Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin. But Ankit Rajpoot remained wicketless, who gave away 46 runs off 24 balls. He remained wicketless, who gave away 46 runs off 24 balls.

Here’s the brief scorecard of the Royal Challengers Bangalore:

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IPL 2019: Match 42, RCB vs KXIP – Twitter Reacts as Royals Challengers Bangalore Register their Third Consecutive Victory

Royal Challengers Bangalore sneaked in another victory to make it four out of five matches beating Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs to make the ongoing Indian Premier League more interesting at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Chasing 203 runs, Chris Gayle and KL Rahul got Kings XI Punjab off to a flier on a small Chinnaswamy Ground. They took 14 runs off Tim Southee’s first over to set the tone for the chase. While Chris Gayle dominated the first over, it was KL Rahul’s turn to showcase his class. The duo kept on the rampage to score 36 runs in the first three overs. Gayle continued the momentum to hit Umesh Yadav for a six in the first delivery of the fourth over before holing out to AB de Villiers in the long on.

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Bangalore register their third win

Since then, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal – both cricketers from Karnataka combined well to lead the charge. But two wickets from two overs by the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowler put them ahead of the game. While Stoinis got the better of Agarwal, Moeen Ali dismissed Rahul in his first delivery to give the hosts an edge. While many thought Bangalore have sneaked in another win, Windies World-Cupper Nicholas Pooran had some other plans. He smacked everything at his disposal while David Miller played second fiddle. With 30 needed off the last two, Navdeep Saini bowled a terrific over to give three runs and dismiss two set batsmen to hand Bangalore another win.

Meanwhile, AB de Villiers-fuelled mayhem, in the end, gave Royal Challengers Bangalore far more than what they’d have expected to score after their collapse in the middle overs. Bangalore scored 64 runs in the last 18 balls as Hardus Viljoen and Shami just couldn’t get their lengths right to post 202 runs on the board. Previously, Moeen Ali got the home side off to a flier adding 70 runs in the powerplays despite losing Virat Kohli early. But once Parthiv got out, Moeen Ali and Akshdeep Nath also followed to reel at 84 for four.

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Since then, AB de Villiers partnered Marcus Stoinis to bail the innings before launching the carnage. Viljoen went for 16 and 27 runs in his last two overs to finish with figures of 1 for 51. On the other hand, Shami went for 53 runs in his full quota. Royal Challengers Bangalore picked up right at the end – at their absolute peak, RCB scored 134 in 9 overs and that might just be the difference.

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IPL 2019: Match 42, RCB vs KXIP – Twitter Reacts as AB de Villiers Guides Royal Challengers Bangalore to a Challenging Total

Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) star batsman AB de Villiers played an outstanding knock to help his side post a good total on the scoreboard after a good job by the Kings XI Punjab bowlers at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin won the toss and elected to bowl first considering that it is easier to chase in the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Both the team made two changes each with Dale Steyn missing in this game with a slight niggle – much to the disappointment of the Royal Challengers Bangalore fans. Virat Kohli and Parthiv Patel got the home side off to a flier. They took 29 runs off the first two over and in the middle Hardus Viljoen dropped a sitter off Kohli. The Bangalore skipper then followed it up with pristine boundaries.

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But Mohammed Shami struck back in the first ball of the fourth over to dismiss Virat Kohli to draw the first blood. However, Parthiv Patel has been their consistent man in times of distress and today was no different. The southpaw hurled at everything to give Royal Challengers Bangalore the second-best powerplay score of the season – 70 for one. But Murugan Ashwin provided a breakthrough in the second ball after the powerplays to help Kings XI Punjab nip back in the game.

De Villiers leads the charge

This opened up the game as two more strikes from Punjab bowlers had Bangalore at 81 for four after a rollicking start. Since then, AB de Villiers combined well with Marcus Stoinis to bail their side out of danger.
However, from 70 for one in six overs, Royal Challengers Bangalore have crashed and burned through to 109 for four in 14 overs, and run the risk of posting yet another sub-par score. The choke has been put on by the Kings XI Punjab trio of Murugan Ashwin, Ravichandran Ashwin and Hardus Viljoen.

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The South African-Australian pair added a fifty run stand to post 138 runs at the end of 17 overs to set the platform for the carnage in the last three overs. AB de Villiers made a turnaround in the 18th over, taking Hardus Viljoen for 16 runs and eventually bringing his half-century. In the next over, de Villiers took 21 runs off Mohammed Shami’s over hitting him for three back to back sixes. The former South African continued his outstanding hitting to post 202 runs at the end of 20 overs after hitting Viljoen for 27 runs in the 20th over to finish the innings on a real high.

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IPL 2019, Match 42, RCB vs KXIP – Toss Report

The 42nd match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) will witness two of India’s most animated skipper clash against each other when Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) takes on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Meanwhile, the tournament is nearing a stage where every game is changing the table and making the qualification scenario more complicated.

Meanwhile, Bangalore have scripted a turnaround with three wins from four games after losing the first six games. As per the current scenario, Royal Challengers Bangalore have to win each of their remaining four games to have a slight sniff in with 14 points. The arrival of Dale Steyn has provided a leader in the bowling department which has helped the Virat Kohli-led side a world of good. And with Kohli & AB de Villiers in form, Bangalore will look to keep the winning run going.

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On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab will look to have star spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman back in the playing XI. They will hope their opening pair – Chris Gayle and KL Rahul get them off to a flier with a quality middle-order to follow. The bowling has also done decently with Mohammed Shami doing a terrific job. Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin will have the job to contain runs in the middle-order where Royal Challengers Bangalore tried to capitalise.

Toss Report

Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin has won the toss and elected to bowl first against at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

Here is what the captains said,

Virat Kohli

“Last game also we lost the toss but we won. Looking for a solid performance tonight. No team wants to lose six games in a row. We aren’t thinking of play-offs. We are thinking of playing fearless cricket. Proud of the spirit the guys are playing with. Two changes for us. Steyn has a niggle, so Southee comes in. Negi sits out, Washington Sundar comes in.”

Ravichandran Ashwin

“We will bowl first. We have two changes. Sam Curran sits out, Pooran comes in. And We have Harpreet Brar out, Ankit Rajpoot comes in. When we travel, we have to use he Indian seamers in the side. Virat said about enjoying the game. They are a star-studded side and it’s important to knock them over.”

Playing XI

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (capt), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal

Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Hardus Viljoen, Murugan Ashwin, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Shami