Both teams are playing their second matches of the tournament, and Royal Challengers Bangalore hope to maximise their winning start to the 2020 Indian Premier League when they take on Kings XI Punjab. The game takes place on September 24 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium and begins at 19:30 local time.
Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated first-up Sunrisers Hyderabad, with Devdutt Padikkal reaching 56 out of 163/5. Yuzvendra Chahal’s 3-18 helped restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to 153 all out in response.
Meanwhile, Kings XI Punjab recovered well thanks to Mayank Agarwal’s 89 from 60 balls to post 157/8 and tie with Delhi Capitals. Mohammed Shami had earlier taken 3-15 for them too with the ball. However, they lost in the super-over with a little bit of luck, going against them.
The weather on Thursday is expected to be clear, with no possibility of rain and temperatures are between 32 to 36 degrees Celsius range. So, a full-length match, without any weather intervention, will take place.
As the match continues, the pitch at the Dubai International Stadium is expected to slow down slowly, which would make batting a bit difficult for the batsmen in the second innings. So, the captain winning the toss will bowl first in this match.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Virat Kohli (c), Josh Philippe (wk), Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dubey, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini
Kings XI Punjab:
Lokesh Rahul (c&wk), Glenn Maxwell, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Mayank Agarwal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Sheldon Cottrell, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan
Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Dream 11:
Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul (wk), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Mayank Agarwal, Glenn Maxwell, Krishnappa Gowtham, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
They would have a great chance of winning this if RCB can dismiss the KXIP top order early. They’ve already gained this season from their increased intensity and can make it two out of two. But if Rahul and Agarwal were fire, then KXIP could open their account.