Match 6 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 sees Kings XI Punjab facing the high-flying Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.
After a disappointing campaign in 2019, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) started their Indian Premier League (IPL) journey in 2020 on a handsome note. Virat Kohli and Co got past the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 10 runs after some impressive performances from IPL debutant Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers, Navdeep Saini and leggie Yuzvendra Chahal- the Player of the Match.
RCB are next set to lock horns with KL Rahul’s Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on Thursday, September 24 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The Mohali-based franchise is coming off a Super Over defeat against the Delhi Capitals (DC) and will be looking to make amends. Though RCB and KXIP are locked on equal wins on head-to-head, it’s the former, who’s on a four-match winning streak.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Dubai isn’t an absolute belter by any means. The spinners are expected to play a huge role and run-making may not be all that easy. Scoring runs in the powerplay will be critical. However, batters have gotten some runs after biding their time in the middle. The conditions will be hot with the temperature around 36 degrees Celsius. The humidity will mostly be in the mid-4
Playing Combinations for KXIP vs RCB
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (C & WK), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Josh Phillippe (wk), Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal
Probable Top Performers for KXIP vs RCB
KL Rahul– Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul has impressive numbers, playing against the Bangalore-based franchise. In seven matches, he has notched 178 runs at an average and strike-rate of 35.60 and 147.11 respectively along with a top score of 47. Rahul was a part of RCB and must be knowing the dynamics of his former team. Rahul couldn’t get going in KXIP’s first match and would be keen to get back amongst the runs.
AB de Villiers– Royal Challengers Bangalore
Among all IPL teams, AB de Villiers has scored the highest runs against the Punjab-based franchise. In 21 matches, the middle-order batsman has 680 runs at an average of 52.31 with an incredible strike-rate of 160.76. In 19 innings, he has seven fifties with a top score of an unbeaten 89. De Villiers is also in red-hot form after his blistering half-century against the Hyderabad-based franchise.
Head to Head
Played- 24 | KXIP won- 12 | RCB won- 12 | N/R- 0
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 3 | KXIP won- 2 | RCB won- 1 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 160 (in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 0 | Lost- 2
Match timings – 06:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.
Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.
The prediction is for Royal Challengers Bangalore to win the match.
KXIP vs RCB IPL 2020 Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions
Fantasy Suggestion #1: KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch, Karun Nair, Shivam Dube, Krishnappa Gowtham, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini and Ravi Bishnoi
Captain: KL Rahul, Vice-Captain: Aaron Finch
Fantasy Suggestion #2: KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mayank Agarwal, Devdutt Padikkal, Krishnappa Gowtham, Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini and Ravi Bishnoi
Captain: Virat Kohli, Vice-Captain: KL Rahul
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.