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RCB vs KXIP Live Score: Kings XI Punjab face Royal Challengers Bangalore in a must-win game | Cricket news

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Hello and welcome to the live coverage of match 31 of IPL 2020 Between Royal Challengers Bangalore Y Kings XI Punjab.
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Kings XI Punjab will be expecting Chris Gayle to fire on his long-awaited comeback and for once they had a full performance in their must-win game against a high-flying Royal Challengers Bangalore here on Thursday.
The inability to produce a full show and close out the games they should have won has led KXIP to lose six of its seven matches.
But KXIP can rely on the fact that their only victory in the tournament has been against RCB, which looks like a much stronger team since their last meeting on September 24.
Although Sharjah’s wicket has been gradually slowing down, the smaller dimensions of the field are ideal for someone like Gayle to embark on a six-hit spree.
However, it will certainly not be easy for the 41-year-old to start from the first ball, as he had not played before in competition.
He would have played the last two games but could not due to food poisoning. Having fully recovered, it will be interesting to see who he replaces on the side.
Bench Glenn Maxwell who has yet to be fired is an option or the team may bring in Gayle at the expense of a foreign bowler and replace him with available Indian talent.
KXIP languishes at the bottom of the table despite having the top two to earn tournament runs in the pattern KL Rahul (387 with a strike rate of 134.84) ​​and his starting partner Mayank Agarwal (337 with 48, 14).
Except for Mohammad Shami and Ravi Bishnoi, none of the bowlers have inspired confidence, especially in death overs.
Not being able to find the right balance despite trying many options has also contributed to the rapid downgrade of KXIP.
They meet an RCB team that has gained in confidence by leaps and bounds since their last meeting.
For the first time in many years, they seem to have solved their bowling problems.
His spin partner of Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal has proven to be very effective and the rhythm department has been strengthened with the return of Chris Morris from injury.
“Playing with such a team (with players like Gayle, Rahul and Agarwal) in a stadium like Sharjah is definitely not going to be easy. It is going to be a bit challenging, but I will definitely do my homework heading into the match,” Sundar said yesterday. of the party.
RCB’s last game against KKR was on this ground as well, so they come into the game more aware of gradually changing conditions than KXIP, who played here on September 27, when the surface was much better to hit.
With Aaron Finch back between races against KKR, RCB’s top four (including Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers) can be a nightmare for any team.
Squads:
RCB: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (week), Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe, 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.
KXIP: Lokesh Rahul, 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 Agartrell, Sheldon Agartrell, Shami, Darshan Nalkande, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Gayle, Murugan Ashwin, Jagadeesha Suchith, Krishnappa Gowtham, Hardus Viljoen, Simran Singh.

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