Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Match No. 6 of the Indian Premier League 2020 between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai.
We start the day with shocking news of the sudden death of former Australia batsman and cricket commentator Dean Jones, who had been covering the Indian Premier League from Mumbai. Jones has died after a heart attack aged 59. #RIPDeano
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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 on Thursday.
In their opening game against Delhi Capitals, the square-leg umpire erroneously called KXIP’s Chris Jordan for a ‘short run’ in the third ball of the 19th over, effectively costing his team the closely fought game.
KXIP went on to lodge an appeal to the match referee over the incident but on Thursday, KL Rahul and Co would like to forget the unsavoury incident and focus on the task ahead.
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.
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 and Nicholas Pooran 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 and batting all-rounder Jimmy Neesham could also be given a chance.
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.
The Squads (From):
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Isuru Udana, Moeen Ali, Josh Phillppe, Pawan Negi, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, James Neesham, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Krishnappa Gowtham, Harpreet Brar, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Simran Singh (wk), Jagadeesha Suchith, Tajinder Singh, Hardus Viljoen.