Kings XI Punjab face Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 6 of IPL 2020 in Dubai on Thursday, September 24. Both teams played their first match in Dubai, but ended up with contrasting results. While RCB won against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kings XI Punjab lost against Delhi Capitals in the Super Over.
Heading into game 6, the Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore is expected to be a good game of cricket. In many ways, both these teams are similar to each other. They look good when in form and look woefully bad when they get on a losing streak.
Team Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab, in their campaign opener against Delhi Capitals, had a dramatic batting collapse. From 30 for 1, they went down to 101 for 6, before Mayank Agarwal took matters into his own hands. His valiant effort was not enough to see his side home.
They were a little better with the ball than the bat in a game they have little positives. Heading into their next game against RCB, also expect a few changes in their playing XI and possibly the return of Mujeeb Ur Rahman, in place of Chris Jordan. KL Rahul, Glenn Maxwell, Nicholas Pooran and Karun Nair, needs to find form with the bat if they are to win against a strong looking RCB. Still, there is a chance for Chris Gayle to feature in the XI since its RCB and since its his former club. In that case, Pooran might have to sit out.
Team Royal Challengers Bangalore
Meanwhile, RCB will be the more confident unit heading into this game. They had the near-perfect game against SRH with their bowlers defending a par total, despite the effect of dew. Yuzvendra Chahal and Navdeep Saini were their two best bowlers in their first game. Moving forward, if the RCB bowlers deliver consistently in the death overs, they willl be well-placed in the tournament.
Batting wise, Devdutt Padikkal stole the show against Sunrisers. At one point in his innings, he even outplayed the great AB De Villiers with his strokeplay. He became the first Indian to score a fifty in IPL debut in 10 years. Aaron Finch too looked good for his 29, as he negated the sharp movement of Bhuvneshwar Kumar early on in his innings. Heading into the Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Game, RCB would not like to tinker with a matchwinning XI.
Head to Head- Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
It’s an even contest as per as the head to head between the two teams are concerned. It’s 12-11 in favor of Kings XI Punjab. In the last five matches between the two teams, RCB has won three of them.
Weather And Pitch Conditions – Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
If the first two matches in Dubai are anything to go by, then the temperatures will stay in the higher 30’s possibly even touch 40. The pitch will have assistance for the spinners with dew playing its part in the second half. We can expect another score close to 160-170 in the given conditions. Still captain winning the toss will prefer chasing to negate the impact of due for his bowlers in the second innings.
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (C/WK), Arshdeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Darshan Nalkande, Krishnappa Gowtham, Hardus Viljoen, Harpreet Brar, Jagadeesha Suchith, Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Jordan, Deepak Hooda, Glenn Maxwell, Ishan Porel, James Neesham, Prabhsimran Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Sheldon Cottrell, Tajinder Dhillon
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, Isuru Udana, Joshua Philippe, Kane Richardson, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahamad