After getting their campaign off to a flying start, Royal Challengers Bangalore get set for their next challenge as they take on Kings XI Punjab at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium in Match 6 of IPL 2020. It was so close yet so far for Kings XI Punjab, as they lost their opening fixture against Delhi Capitals in the Super Over. Going was a little easier for Royal Challengers Bangalore, who had the better of Sunrisers Hyderabad with some ease. KXIP vs RCB My11Circle will be full of surprises, just like it has been in every game so far. The result is as difficult to guess as it is in every IPL game, but this one definitely assures the highest level of entertainment.
Match 6, IPL 2020
Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Thursday 24 September, 7:30 PM IST
TV: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar App
Nicholas Pooran managed a rare feat of two ducks in a single T20 game. Kings XI Punjab might consider the prospect of unleashing Chris Gayle in this game. Mujeeb-ur-Rahman could also feature at the expense of either Chris Jordan or Sheldon Cottrell.
KXIP Predicted XI
KL Rahul (C & WK)
Nicholas Pooran/Chris Gayle
With Chris Morris continuing to remain unavailable, Virat Kohli will be tempted to retain the same playing 11. However, if AB de Villiers is handed over the wicket-keeping duties, they might as well have space for Moeen Ali.
RCB Predicted XI
Virat Kohli (C)
Josh Phillippe (WK)
Ab de Villiers
Let's look at the IPL 2020 KXIP vs RCB My11Circle Prediction now followed by a few stats and observations explaining each pick
WK: KL Rahul
BAT: Devdutt Padikkal, Ab de Villiers, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli
ALL: Glenn Maxwell (VC), Shivam Dube
BLR: Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal (C), Navdeep Saini, Ravi Bishnoi
SUBS: Karun Nair(S4), Aaron Finch(S3), Chris Gayle(S2), Mujeeb-ur-Rahman(S1)
With a large cloud of uncertainty hovering around who keeps the wickets for Bangalore, it is more sensible to pick up just one wicket-keeper. We have gone with KL Rahul owing to his obvious superiority over Josh Phillippe. Rahul scored a steady 21 off 19 balls and is likely to get another score of 20-30 runs to get us some points behind the wickets. With the spinners expected to be in the game, we can expect some extra points from him for a few catches/stumpings.
This is the biggest dilemma for everyone making their KXIP vs RCB My11Circle Team. The presence of Aaron Finch makes it difficult to pick 4 batsmen. The thought of adding another Aaron Finch at the expense of an all-rounder or a bowler is tempting but we’ve stuck with four batsmen here. Mayank Agarwal is the only one from Kings XI who makes the cut, after displaying a stellar batting show against the Delhi Capitals in the last game. Devdutt Padikkal scored an excellent 56 runs opening the batting against a strong SRH bowling unit. Against Punjab he may not repeat the same feat, but we do expect a 20-30 run innings from him. Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers, just like every game, every season, will be the mainstay for RCB, and they are expected to be the best bet to score big runs keeping the sluggish pitch and long boundaries in mind.
Glenn Maxwell's failure in the first game was one big let down for Kings XI Punjab, as he did seemed to be in prime form before the IPL. One game still isn’t enough to rule him out of form, and we do expect him to hit back hard in this game. He is going to be the vice-captain for us. The other all-rounder is Shivam Dube, who gets the obvious nod ahead of Krishnappa Gowtham. Dube managed to pick up two big wickets for RCB against SRH in the later half of their innings, and he will be poised to deliver some good returns with both bat and ball today. He’ll be bowling in the middle overs probably, which more or less will be catch-up play for Kings XI Punjab.
This is the department that will decide today’s game. Yuzvendra Chahal showed exactly what he can do on this track by scalping 3 wickets in the first game, and finishing off SRH’s batting line-up. Punjab don’t boast of a stronger batting line-up than SRH and will be vulnerable to Chahal's 4 overs. He is the captain of out KXIP vs RCB My11Circle team. Navdeep Saini was the pick of RCB's pace attack and he gets the nod ahead of Umesh Yadav for the same reason. He bowled consistently in good line and length, and that could help him with a wicket or two today as well. Ravi Bishnoi, as we said earlier, is expected to be the brightest star of IPL 2020, and he is a definite pick for today’s game. If Punjab are to deliver, it will have to be Mohammad Shami to clean up RCB's famed top order. He can be a good choice for the captain’s slot as well.
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