Indian Premier League 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs. Kings XI Punjab, Match No. 31

Match predictions

Winners Prediction: RCB is on a roll this season with both their batting and bowling performing well as a unit. Their top-4 batsmen have scored runs consistently and all the bowlers are contributing to the team`s cause. KXIP are struggling at the moment and rely heavily on their openers to score runs. Bowling is their biggest worry and they are yet to find the best combination of bowlers. We expect RCB to take advantage of KXIP`s weakness in the match. 

Score Prediction: Sharjah has been a high scoring venue with seven 200+ runs this season. But it has slowed down considerably in the last few matches and batsmen will find it hard to time the ball. We expect scores to be around 170-180 runs in this pitch. 

Toss Prediction: Teams will look to bat first and put the opposition to chase as the pitches are slowing down considerably owing to the used nature of pitches.   

Predicted Playing XI

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, AB De Villiers(Wk), Wahington Sundar, Chris Morris, Yuzi Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Siraj, Isuru Udana

KINGS XI PUNJAB: Lokesh Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell/Chris Gayle, Arshadeep Singh, Chris Jordan/Shedon Cottrell, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi

MATCH FACTS

  • RCB has 5 wins in their 7 matches while KXIP has just one win in their 7 matches.   
  • KXIP`s lone victory came against RCB this season with KL Rahul scoring 132 runs.   
  • RCB defeated KKR by a massive 82-run margin in their last encounter at Sharjah.   

Players to Bet on

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

  1. Virat Kohli – Kohli has been consistent with the bat in the last 4-5 matches scoring runs effectively. We expect him to continue his good form with the bat in this match too. 
  2. AB De Villiers – ABD stole the show with his masterful 73 runs off 33 balls on a tough track where all the other batsmen struggle. AB is a class player who can bat in any conditions. 
  3. Yuzi Chahal – Chahal has played his role of attacking spinner to perfection in the match. We expect him to pick more crucial wickets in the middle over and continue to derail the opposition`s momentum. 

KINGS XI PUNJAB

  1. KL Rahul – Rahul scored 76 runs and still ended up losing the match last night. He leads the batting charts with 350+ runs & 130+ strike rate currently. He will look to dominate RCB bowlers one more time.     
  2. Nicholas Pooran – Pooran has played some vital knocks in the middle order for KXIP this season. He will look to lead the charge in final overs to help his team win in this match.
  3. Mohammed Shami – Shami is the bowling spearhead for KXIP. He is often let down by bowlers at other end especially in the death overs. He will look to take wickets consistently at the top and end of the innings. 

DREAM XI Picks

Wicket-Keeper: KL Rahul (KXIP), Nicholas Pooran (KXIP), AB De Villiers (RCB),

Batsmen: Mandeep Singh (KXIP), Virat Kohli (RCB), Devdutt Padikkal (RCB)

All-rounders: Washington Sundar (RCB)

Bowlers: Mohammed Siraj (RCB), Mohammed Shami (KXIP), Yuzi Chahal (RCB), Ravi Bishnoi (KXIP)

Captain: KL Rahul (KXIP) or AB De Villiers (RCB)

Vice-Captain: Yuzi Chahal (RCB) or Nicholas Pooran (KXIP)

RCB – Royal Challengers Bangalore

KXIP – Kings XI Punjab

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Written 6 days ago

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