RCB vs KXIP Dream11: The second half of the Dream11 IPL 2020 has already started. It’s time for the match no.31 where in form Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Kings XI Punjab. RCB has surprised everyone with their form in this tournament and they are sitting at a comfortable position of No.3 at the points table. Their plans have come together quite well this season. Though skipper Virat Kohli did not make any big scores in the first few matches, but he is starting to regain his touch now. Their bowling, which was considered as their biggest weakness has started to click as a whole. They even defeated the table toppers Mumbai in one game this season. The temperament that the team has shown this season is commendable and they look set to reach the playoffs this time around.
On the other hand, KXIP are languishing at the bottom of the table. They have just the one victory and six losses to their name. Interestingly, their openers are leading the chart of the leading run scorers this season. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have led the way at the top but the middle order has more often than not disappointed them. Death bowling has been awful to say the least. They will look for their experienced players to step up this time around, especially in the death bowling and bring their campaign back on track.
Fixture name: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab
Competition: Indian Premier League 2020
Date: 15 October 2020
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Ground: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Royal Challengers Bangalore 194/2 (20 overs) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 112/9 (20 overs) by 82 runs.
RCB have clicked most of the times as a unit this season. In the batting, young Devdutt Padikkal has shown a lot of maturity and led the way at the top. Finch is slowly getting into his groove AB de Villiers is looking his usual self. He is hitting the ball from the middle of the bat and he can target the shorter boundaries of Sharjah again. Kohli has started scoring runs after a dismal first few games and is leading the team from the front. But the biggest positive has been the bowling that has often lost RCB many games in the past. Navdeep Saini has bowled some tough overs at the death and has excelled whereas the inclusion of Chris Morris has given a new dimension to their death bowling. Chahal and Sundar have picked up wickets at crucial times. RCB were clinical in the last match played at Sharjah when they defeated Knight Riders comfortably. They will look to field the same winning eleven in this game
On the other side, KXIP will have a tough task in their hands against an in-form RCB. Though they can draw inspiration from the fact that their only win this season came when they faced RCB in the first leg. They will be happy with the fact that Chris Gayle is now available for this match after suffering stomach infection. If he plays against his previous team, it will mean Mayank Agarwal drops down to No.3. He can be the trump card in the short boundaries of Sharjah. Young Ravi Bishnoi has been impressive with his googlies and Mohammed Shami has picked up wickets with the new ball. All they require is somebody who can bowl at the death. Apart from the inclusion of Chris Gayle at the top, KXIP is not expected to make any change.
The weather will be nice and dry but the wicket will get slower as the game progresses. As seen in the last game, Finch and Kohli were struggling to get their timing right. The wickets in Sharjah are starting to get slower now and this makes new ball important for the batsmen. As the ball will get soft, it will be more difficult to hit boundaries though the shorter boundaries will mean there can be some sixes on the offer as both the sides have enough firepower in their ranks. So watch out for batsmen like De Villiers, Pooran and Gayle (if he plays) and make your RCB vs KXIP Dream11 Team accordingly.
BLR vs KXIP Dream11 Playing 11
BLR Playing 11 (probable)
Virat Kohli (C)
AB de Villiers (wk)
KXIP Playing 11 (probable)
KL Rahul (C) (wk)
Mujeeb Ur Rehman
AB de Villiers- AB has looked in terrific touch this season. He doesn’t look like the one who has retired from international cricket. He still times the ball sweetly and is agile in the field too. He has taken the wicketkeeping duties for the RCB but that hasn’t affected his batting. The small boundaries of Sharjah suits his 360 degrees hitting and he can be one of the first ones to be picked in the BLR vs KXIP Today Match Prediction.
Virat Kohli- Kohli looked out of sorts in the last game and struggled with his timing. But he hung on to the crease and was part of a match-winning partnership with ABD. He started the tournament with a few single-digit scores but he has come back strongly after that. If he gets his timing in the start, the KXIP may have a difficult day in the field.
Yuzvendra Chahal- Chahal was highly impressive in the last game against KKR. He picked up just a solitary wicket but conceded just 12 runs which is rare in the small ground of Sharjah. He is not afraid of tossing the ball up in the air and is always looking for wickets. This makes him a crucial pick in BLR vs KXIP Dream11 team.
Mayank Agarwal- He has been extremely impressive at the top along with his skipper Rahul. Agarwal has scored runs at an average of 48 and a strike rate of 159. That keeps him second on the list of Orange cap holders just behind his skipper. His consistency at the top makes has been commendable and this has been a breakthrough season for him.
Nicholas Pooran- The talented left-hander was slow to start off but has gained some form in the last few matches. He has the fastest half-century in this IPL to his name off just 17 balls. He can make use of the short boundaries to an excellent effect and can be extremely hard to stop.
Ravi Bishnoi- The legspinner has been impressive so far this season. In a dismal campaign for the Kings XI, Bishnoi has been a ray of hope. He has been the go to bowler for them in the middle overs despite playing his debut IPL. He will be crucial to his team’s chances against the likes of De Villiers and Kohli.
Navdeep Saini- The fast bowler has had a very good tournament so far. He is a genuine wicket-taker and picks up big wickets. His ability to bowl fast and bowl Yorkers at will separates him from other bowlers. He will be crucial to RCB’s chances at the death against a team consisting of top-class finishers.
Chris Gayle- The Universe Boss is on the line to play his first game of the season after a stomach infection. He was the second-highest run-scorer for Kings XI last season The small boundaries of Sharjah against his former team may be the perfect thing to get him back into the business.
Devdutt Padikkal- The young left-hander has been extremely impressive this year for RCB. He has the ability to play both the pacers and spinners well. He has shown enough maturity to be picked in BLR vs KXIP Dream team.