The Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai will host the sixth match of the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). Home team Kings XI Punjab will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore on September 24 (Thursday).
KXIP are coming to this game after losing in the first super over match of IPL 2020. Moreover, with the short-run controversy in the last clash, it would be interesting to see with what mindset, the Punjab players take the field. As far as team selection is concerned, Nicholas Pooran may miss out after a double-duck in the last encounter, and Jimmy Neesham may get a game.
On the other hand, the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore will be on cloud-nine after defeating the strong-looking Sunrisers Hyderabad. As a result, RCB might play the same playing XI, without disturbing the winning combination.
With the UAE pitches assisting the spin bowlers, Chahal, Gowtham and Bishnoi will continue to play a crucial role for their respective sides.
KXIP vs RCB: Head-to-Head
Total matches played: 24
KXIP won: 12
RCB won: 12
KXIP vs RCB: Possible XIs
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (Captain and Wicket-Keeper), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran/Jimmy Neesham, Sarfaraz Khan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Jordan, Sheldon Cottrell and Mohammed Shami
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (Captain), AB de Villiers, Josh Philippe (Wicket-Keeper), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Dale Steyn, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal
KXIP vs RCB: Players to watch out for
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Shami
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal
KXIP vs RCB: Match Prediction
Kings XI Punjab is one of the most balanced looking teams in this year’s IPL. After a close defeat in the last match, the Punjab-based franchise is expected to bounce in this clash.