IPL 2020 KXIP vs RCB Match 31: Preview, Playing XI Predictions, weather report

Tags: Indian T20 League 2020, Punjab XI, Bangalore XI, Bangalore XI Vs Punjab XI,31st Match at Sharjah, Oct 15, 2020

Published on: Oct 14, 2020

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Chris Gayle is all set to play his first match for Kings XI Punjab this season, and the struggling franchise would hope that his return can change the fortunes of the team for better. Punjab will have a tough task on hand when they face an in-form Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah on Thursday. While Punjab have only won one out of seven games as they have failed to finish off matches, RCB are in the top half of the points table with five victories from seven games.

The only positive for KXIP, if any, is the fact that their only win in IPL 2020 came against RCB at the start of the tournament. Since then though, the teams have moved in completely contrasting directions. Despite Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul dominating the run-charts, their batting hasn’t come together. This is why they will be hopeful of a miraculous performance from Gayle. The latter looks set to replace Glenn Maxwell, who has hardly scored a run although there are also chances of both playing.

Even in the bowling department, Mohammad Shami and spinner Ravi Bishnoi have done the bulk of the good work. The likes of Sheldon Cottrell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Chris Jordan have let the team down.

After a long time, RCB have looked like a team that can dominate the opponents. The success of Devdutt Padikkal at the top has had a lot to do with Bangalore’s success this year. The youngster has got the team off to flying starts on a number of occasions. This has subsequently reduced the pressure on skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, who have been able to break free.

In the bowling department, the spin twins of Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal have wreaked havoc while Chris Morris’ return from injury has strengthened the bowling. Navdeep Saini has been impressive in phases.

Head-to-Head Record: There is hardly anything to choose between the teams as Punjab have won 13 and Bangalore 12 out of 25 games.

KXIP Predicted XI: KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Simran Singh (w), Glenn Maxwell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Gayle, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

RCB Predicted XI: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Pitch Report

The pitch at Sharjah is slowing down, but it is still good for batting. Spinners have started coming into play as well.

Weather conditions

The weather will test the players’ stamina with temperature likely to be in the mid-30s

--Renin Wilben

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