The thirteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) will witness bottom-placed Kings Eleven Punjab (KXIP) locking horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore in Match 31 of the round robin league stage at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah (UAE) in a few hours from now.
The encounter holds great significance for Rahul-led KXIP team as a loss against RCB will completely eliminate their chances of making it to the play-offs. Meanwhile, third-placed RCB will eye yet another win to keep their winning momentum going and bolster their chances of qualifying for the knockouts.
Kings XI Punjab would hope that their dwindling fortunes in the 13th season come to an end with the inclusion of veteran Windies opener Chris Gayle. The explosive Jamaican opener is all set to replace a woefully out of form Glen Maxwell.
Punjab will look for a more collective effort from both their batsmen and bowlers against an upbeat RCB side which is brimming with confidence after trouncing KKR by 82 runs. Meanwhile, KXIP will look to make it 2-0 against RCB in the season after beating them comprehensively in the previous encounter between the teams on Sept 24 at Dubai.
Ahead of the IPL 2020 match between Kings Eleven Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore, here is a look at the head to head record between the two teams and the major records at a glance
Head To Head
The honours are pretty even stevens between RCB and KXIP in the IPL with Punjab-based franchise holding the slightest advantage with a 13-12 win record over the ‘Red and Black’ Brigade.
Kings Eleven Punjab had thumped Kohli-led RCB by 97 runs when the two sides met at Dubai earlier in the season on the back of a whirlwind century (132* off 69 deliveries ) by skipper KL Rahul.
Chris Gayle has scored the most runs for KXIP against RCB among the current set of players in the Punjab squad. The Windies explosive opener has scored 140 runs against the Bangalore based franchise in 3 games.
RCB’s South African batting genius AB de Villiers leads the run scoring charts for Kohli-led RCB team with whopping 690 runs against KXIP in IPL encounters.
Leading Wicket Takers
RCB frontline leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal leads the wicket taking charts for his team against KXIP with 20 dismissals in the IPL.
It is a mixed bag in the bowling department for KXIP against RCB as Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Glenn Maxwell and Murugan Ashwin have scalped three wickets each against the Bangalore based franchise.
Here are the likely Playing XIs for RCB and KXIP
RCB XI: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (WK), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj
KXIP XI: KL Rahul (C/wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Krishnappa Gowtham, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Sheldon Cottrell