IPL 2020 – Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore taking place? Thursday 24th September, 2020 – 15:00 (UK)

Where is Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore taking place? Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

What is the expected weather for Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore? 40c sunny

Where can I get tickets for Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore? IPL 2020 matches will be played without spectators to begin with but the official IPL website will update fans if this situation changes

What channel is Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore on? Sky Sports will be televising this match

Where can I stream Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore? Sky Sports subscribers will be able to stream the match live vis the Sky Go website or app

THE TEAM NEWS

KINGS XI PUNJAB

  • Kings XI Punjab contrived to lose their opening game from a fantastic position against Delhi Capitals as they were dragged into a Super Over which they should have comfortably avoided and they subsequently struggled in the shootout.
  • There were some major positives from that performance with Mohammed Shami and Sheldon Cottrell in superb form with the ball while Mayank Agarwal was in great form with the bat smashing 89 from 60 balls but ultimately not enough of their other players were close to their best.
  • They may decide to keep faith with their starting line-up for this game and hope that the likes of KL Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell and Chris Jordan will benefit from more playing time and contribute more.

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore got off to a winning start as they edged past Sunrisers Hyderabad by ten runs in their opening game and they will look to pick up another one here and make a fast start after being haunted by slow starts in previous editions.
  • Despite fielding the likes of Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, it was Devdutt Padikkal who topscored in that game with 56 and if they can get some of their lesser known players contributing, that will make them a formidable side.
  • There is one question mark over talented Australian wicketkeeper/batsman Josh Phillipe as they may find an all-rounder like Moeen Ali or Chris Morris would feature and be involved more.

THE PREDICTION

Another fascinating encounter awaits in Dubai as Kings XI Punjab face Royal Challengers Bangalore here. The Kings XI were below par in their opening game yet still should have won the match so they will expect to put in a significant improvement in this game. They face Virat Kohli’s RCB who made a winning start and they had Yuzvendra Chahal to thank for a stunning spell that tipped the game against the Sunrisers in their favour. They batted well but it may not be so easy against Kings XI. Assuming KL Rahul and company do raise their game, they could surprise RCB and get the win but this is a wildly unpredictable match and one better left alone.

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