Sharjah: Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), who have been so far in the IPL 2020 at the UAE’s oldest international ground, will face the returning RCB team in a new rhythm. If Punjab has to make it to the playoffs, then it will have to win this match. At the same time, RCB would like to reach the top in the table by taking 2 points.
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So far the all-round game has failed to show, Kings XI Punjab will try to get their campaign back on track in the IPL 2020 (RCB) with the help of explosive Chris Gayle against RCB (RCB) today. Kings XI have lost a few close matches so far. Out of the 7 matches he has played, he suffered defeat in 6 and now he will have to win in order to keep the playoff hopes.
Kings XI Punjab won their only win in the tournament against RCB and they will try to draw inspiration from that win on Thursday 24 September but it should not be forgotten that Virat Kohli-led team has played a lot in their game since then. Has made improvements.
Although Sharjah’s wicket is slowly slowing down, the small ground here can prove ideal for a ‘Sixer King’ like Gayle. However, it will not be easy for this 41-year-old batsman to dominate with the first ball because he has not played in the tournament yet.
Gayle was supposed to play in the last 2 matches but had to sit out due to ‘food poisoning’. Now that he is fully fit, it will be interesting to see at whose place he is included in the playing XI. Excluding Glenn Maxwell may be an option as he has not been able to show his power yet. Apart from this, Gayle can be kept in the playing XI at the cost of a foreign bowler.
KL Rahul (387 runs) and his opening partner Mayank Agarwal (337 runs) are on the lowest rung in the numerical table despite their great performances. Bowling is a matter of concern for him as no bowler, except Mohammad Shami and Ravi Bishnoi, has been able to bowl effectively, especially in the death overs. Constant change in the attempt to strike the right balance is also the reason for the bad situation of Kings XI Punjab.
Kings XI Punjab Probable Playing XI: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (wicketkeeper and captain), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Puran, James Neesham, Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshadip Singh.
Kings XI Punjab team: KL Rahul, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Mandeep Singh, James Neesham, Tajinder Singh, Chris Jordan, Karun Nair, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshadip Singh, Glenn Maxwell, Mujib Ur Rehman, Sarfaraz Khan, Sheldon Cottrell, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Darshan Nalkande, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Gayle, Murugan Ashwin, Jagdish Suchit, Krishnappa Gowtham, Hardas Willogen, Simran Singh.
The Punjab team now has to face the RCB whose performance is constantly improving. For the first time in the last several years, it seems that he has recovered from his bowling weakness. The spin duo of Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal have been highly effective while their pace bowling department has been strengthened after Chris Morris returned from injury.
RCB played the last match against Kolkata Knight Riders on this ground and they are aware of the changing nature of the pitch here. Kings XI played their last match here on September 27 and the wicket was more favorable for batting then. Aaron Finch has returned to form. RCB’s top 4 batsmen (Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers) can strike any bowling attack.
RCB Possible Playing XI: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Fins, Virat Kohli (Captain)
Full team of RCB: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Aaron Finch, Josh Philip, Chris Morris, Moin Ali, Mohammad Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devadatta Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dubey , Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pawan Deshpande, Adam Jampa.
Toss Time: Indian time today at 7:00 pm
Match Start Time: Indian time today at 7:30 pm
field: Dubai International Stadium