IPL 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) Preview, Probable XI, Head-to-Head and Fantasy 11

Kings XI Punjab registered a convincing victory when these two met earlier in this tournament at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.

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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are all set to take on KL Rahul-led Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in match 31 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Both the teams will lock horns for the second time in this tournament, as earlier KXIP clinched a one-sided clash at Dubai. Coming to this game, it will take place at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 15 (Thursday) from 7:30 PM (IST) onwards

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

RCB players

Virat Kohli and co have played like one of the best sides in this tournament with five wins in seven clashes. They bounced back brilliantly after finishing at the last spot in the previous year’s Points Table. 

RCB registered a thumping victory in their last game against Kolkata Knight Riders at a sluggish batting pitch of Sharjah. With a highly balanced side, the Bangalore-based franchise is expected to take the field with the same playing XI like the last game.

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)

Chris Gayle is all set to play his maiden game in IPL 2020

Kings XI Punjab holds the last spot at this year’s Points Table with a solitary win in seven clashes. Their only victory of this season came against RCB only. Moreover, they are coming to this encounter with a five-match losing streak. 

KXIP’s three losses came from an almost winning situation where their players failed to capitalize at crunch situations. The only good news for them ahead of this clash is Chris Gayle has recovered and will play his maiden game of this season. As a result, the Punjab-based franchise will continue making several changes in their lineup.

Match Details

  • Date: October 15, 2020
  • Time: 7:30 PM onwards (IST)
  • Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Squads

Royal Challengers Bangalore Full Squad

Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Parthiv Patel (wk), Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe (wk), Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa

Kings XI Punjab Full Squad 

KL Rahul (c), Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Mandeep Singh, James Neesham, Tajinder Singh, Chris Jordan, Karun Nair, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Glenn Maxwell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sarfaraz Khan, Sheldon Cottrell, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Darshan Nalkande, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Chris Gayle, Murugan Ashwin, Jagadeesha Suchith, Krishnappa Gowtham, Hardus Viljoen, Simran Singh (wk)

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Ideal Playing XIs

Royal Challengers Bangalore Playing XI

  • Aaron Finch
  • Devdutt Padikkal
  • Virat Kohli (C)
  • AB de Villiers (wk)
  • Washington Sundar
  • Shivam Dube
  • Chris Morris
  • Isuru Udana
  • Navdeep Saini
  • Mohammed Siraj
  • Yuzvendra Chahal

Kings XI Punjab Playing XI

  • KL Rahul (C)
  • Chris Gayle
  • Mayank Agarwal
  • Nicholas Pooran
  • Mandeep Singh
  • Simran Singh (wk)
  • Mujeeb Ur Rahman
  • Sheldon Cottrell
  • Mohammed Shami
  • Arshdeep Singh
  • Ravi Bishnoi

Head-to-Head

Total matches played: 25

RCB won: 12

KXIP won: 13

No Result: 0

Tie: 0

Fantasy XI

Wicket-keepers:

  • AB de Villiers (VC)
  • KL Rahul (C)
  • Nicholas Pooran

Batsmen:

  • Virat Kohli
  • Devdutt Padikkal
  • Mandeep Singh

All-rounders:

  • Chris Morris
  • Washington Sundar

Bowlers:

  • Yuzvendra Chahal
  • Arshdeep Singh
  • Ravi Bishnoi

Key Players

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal

Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, Ravi Bishnoi

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