Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, Indian Premier League 2020 Match 31: In Pics
RCB win toss against KXIP
Virat Kohli-led Royal Challenges Bangalore won the toss and opted to bat first against KL Rahul's Kings XI Punjab in Match 31 of the ongoing 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
RCB are currently occupying the third spot with five wins from seven matches, while KXIP are placed at the bottom of the IPL 2020 points table with just a victory in hand.
Bangalore come into the clash after clinching back-to-back five victories.Kings XI, on the other hand, are keen to end their losing streak and move up in the points table with a victory against RCB.
Kings XI Punjab - Playing XI
Kings XI Punjab have made three changes in their Playing XI for their IPL 2020 clash against RCB. Chris Gayle is all set to play his first match for the Punjab franchise in the ongoing season of the lucrative T20 tournament after recovering from food poisoning. He has replaced Mujeeb Ur Rahman in Kings XI's Playing XI.
Meanwhile, M Ashwin and Deepak Hooda have also come in place of Mandeep Singh (injury) and Prabhsimran Singh.
Interestingly, KXIP's only victory in the ongoing season came against the Virat Kohli-led side when they sealed a crushing 97-run triumph at the Dubai International Stadium on September 24. (Image Courtesy:Twitter/lionsdenkxip)
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Playing XI
Devdutt Padikkal departs for 18
RCB reach 83/2 at halfway mark
Murugan Ashwin removes Washington Sundar
Mohammed Shami takes two big wickets
KXIP pacer Mohammed Shami celebrates after taking two big wickets in an over. AB de Villiers, who came to bat at No.6 fo RCB, departed cheaply for two runs after being caught by Deepak Hooda at extra cover on the third delivery of the 18th over from Shami. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli (48) fell short of a half-century after being caught by his KXIP counterpart KL Rahul behind the wicket on the fifth ball of the same over.(Image Courtesy: Twitter/@IPL)