Saturday 31 October 2020

IPL: Punjab aims to claw back in Bangalore clash

RCB are coming into this game on the back of their 10-run win against SRH and Virat Kohli and Co. will want to seal their second win in a row

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The Dubai International Cricket Stadium will host the sixth game of the Dream11 Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 when Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on 24 September.

RCB are coming into this game on the back of their 10-run win against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Virat Kohli and Co. will want to seal their second win in a row. 

Contrastingly, KXIP came tantalisingly close to winning their opening game before Delhi Capitals kept their nerves to seal a victory in the Super Over. KL Rahul, who is leading the side only for the second time, will be keen to register his maiden win as IPL captain against the franchise that he once played for.

Two teams, six Karnataka players and a battle for bragging rights. On one side, in KXIP, we have Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, K Gowtham, Karun Nair, J Suchith and on the other side, in RCB, we have Devdutt Padikkal. Although cricket is a team sport, there are always a few interesting battles within a battle, and it will make for a fascinating contest to witness one such battle of the Karnataka boys.

Add to this, the KXIP also have India great Anil Kumble as their Director of Cricket Operations.

There season opener against Delhi Capitals was full of twists and turns. They slipped in their chase but were revived by Mayank Agarwal only to again fall back in the final over as it went into Super Over. KXIP lost and then erupted the short-run controversy that could have changed the course of the game. They will have to get over that as they face RCB who have started their season with a win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. Their top-order batsmen look good and Yuzvendra Chahal was outstanding with the ball.

There have been 24 occasions when these two sides have squared off against each other in the IPL and there is nothing to separate them from one another as both teams have won 12 games each. 

Stats

KXIP’s record at the venue: Played 1, Won 1

RCB’s record at the venue: Played 3, Won 2, Lost 1

Squads

Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell, Krishnappa Gowtham, Chris Jordan, Sheldon Cottrell, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Hardus Viljoen, Ishan Porel, Tajinder Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Arshdeep Singh, Simran Singh, Harpreet Brar, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Mandeep Singh, James Neesham, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikal, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Josh Philippe, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dubey, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Adam Zampa, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Parthiv Patel, Gurkeerat Singh, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana

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Siddharth Raghuvanshi
Siddharth Raghuvanshi
Editorial Assistant of Sirf News with experience in covering sports and entertainment for Navbharat Times and Network 18's IBN Lokmat

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