Kings XI Punjab will look to put behind the controversial ‘short run’ decision in their IPL opener and start afresh when they take on Virat Kohli’s buoyant Royal Challengers Bangalore today. In contrast, RCB opened their campaign on a winning note defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs, raising hopes that things might finally fall into place for them this season. Devdutt Padikkal started his IPL career on a classy note hitting a sublime half-century and will once again be in focus, while AB de Villers will also look to continue in the same vein following a crucial half-century.Both Kohli and Aaron Finch looked good on Monday night and would be itching to spend more time in the middle.Yuzvendra Chahal, as always, will be the key man in the RCB bowling attack. The leg-spinner was instrumental in his team’s victory on Monday, triggering a batting collapse.However, RCB will again miss the services of South African all-rounder Chris Morris who has picked up a side-strain. Morris was bought for a whopping Rs 10 crore at the auction.For KXIP, Mayank Agarwal looked in imperious touch but was gutted to not be able to get his team over the line with just one run required to win. Rahul, Glenn Maxwell will be expected to step up as they possess the ability to take away the game from any opposition.Big hitters Chris Gayle, who was left out of the opener for better balance in the eleven, could be back but the big question is – who he will replace ? It can be Nicholas Pooran.
KXIP’s bowling is spearheaded by Mohammed Shami, who proved his high worth in the team’s opener. Young leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi will go into the game more confident, having impressed against Delhi Capitals.
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KXIP vs RCB Live : Kings XI Punjab Camp News
The talk is all about how to fit Chris Gayle in the playing eleven. KXIP’s two openers were their best batsmen in that narrow defeat to Delhi Capitals. However, KXIP will be tempted to include Gayle in the eleven, possibly in lieu of Nicholas Pooran since skipper Rahul is anyway donning the keeping gloves. In other likely change, Mujeeb Ur Rehman will surely be in the playing XI at the expense of Chris Jordan.
Probable KXIP XI: KL Rahul (C, wk), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran/Chris Gayle, Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell, Krishnappa Gowtham, Chris Jordan/Sheldon Cottrell, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami.
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With Morris unlikely available, a win in their tournament opener might just be good enough reason for them to resist the temptation of fiddling with their XI just yet.
Probable XI: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Josh Philippe (wk), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal.
“I think I can play whatever role that is required from the team. That’s the most important thing, whatever the team needs me to do, I will try my best to do it. Dev obviously got off to a great start the other day, so then it was my job to just try and get him back on strike and let him keep playing really well and really aggressive. But there’ll be some days when that role is reversed and I’ll get off to a bit of a flyer and then our partnership becomes important again,” Aaron Finch on his opening role at RCB.
KXIP vs RCB Live : What to expect – The captains winning the toss will prefer to chasing on this ground, a trend that is likely to continue with dew increasingly becoming a decisive factor.
KXIP vs RCB in IPL 2020 LIVE: Where to catch KXIP vs RCB Live Streaming ?
The match between Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore will be live broadcasted on Star Sports Network in the Indian Sub-Continent. The KXIP vs RCB will also be Live Streamed on Disney+ Hotstar.
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KXIP vs RCB Live : 5 Big Predictions for the KingsXI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore game
Prediction 1 – Mujeeb Ur Rehman can replace Chris Jordan in KXIP
Prediction 2 – KXIP may opt for Chris Gayle in place of Nicholas Pooran
Prediction 3 : Unchanged Playing 11 for Royal Challengers Bengaluru
Prediction 4 : Team winning the toss may opt to chase
Prediction 5 : KXIP looking good to surprise RCB despite losing the 1st game