Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore LIVE: Score, Commentary for the 6th match of IPL 2020
Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore LIVE: Score, Commentary for the 6th match of IPL 2020

Preview:

Following a harsh super-over defeat against Delhi Capitals on Sunday, Kings XI Punjab will now look forward to open bank when they meet Royal Challengers Bangalore at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

Virat Kohli and Co, meanwhile, will try and extend their winning run after defeating SunRisers Hyderabad in their first fixture.

Squad:

Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, Krishnappa Gowtham, Chris Jordan, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, James Neesham, Deepak Hooda, Hardus Viljoen, Jagadeesha Suchith, Ishan Porel, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Tajinder Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Arshdeep Singh, Simran Singh, Harpreet Brar

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Josh Philippe(w), Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal, Parthiv Patel, Isuru Udana, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Chris Morris, Adam Zampa, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed

Starting XI Prediction:

Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (C and WK), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell, Krishnappa Gowtham, Sheldon Cottrell, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Josh Philippe (WK), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal

Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Dream 11:

Mayank Agarwal, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, KL Rahul (WK), Shivam Dube, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal

Pitch Report (What to expect?)

On previous occasions, skippers winning the toss have preferred to chase. So will be the case for today, moreso, with the increasing dew at the ground.

Toss: RCB win the toss, opt to field

Starting XI:

Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul(WK & C), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, James Neesham, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(C), AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Josh Philippe(WK), Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal

The action begins!

KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal arrive at the crease with the former on strike. Umesh Yadav will open the attack for RCB.

Score after 5 overs: KXIP (41/0)

KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have started pretty well in the game. The pair are providing boundaries time-to-time while also saving wickets.

Kohli and Co need to devise a new attacking plan which will help them pick wickets.

Score after 10 overs: KXIP (90-1)

Agarwal's dismissal has not slowed down Punjab. Rahul, who is now partnering with Pooran, is keeping it steady. They might want to speed things up and collect extra boundaries.

Kohli and Co, meanwhile, need more wickets. Spinner Chahal is trying to contain the batsmen, but the team needs more wickets.

Score after 15 overs: KXIP (128-2)

Punjab's pace has slowly deteriorated. While Rahul is still intact, the team needs more boundaries to reach a respectable total. Something which even RCB hitters like AB de Villiers and Kohli will have trouble with.

Score after 20 overs: KXIP (206-3), RCB needs 207 to win

Another brilliant chase in this year's IPL and it's just the 6th game. KL Rahul powered KXIP to a 200+ total. Sheer brilliance and class from the skipper who was 132 not out in 69 balls.

Tough chase for Kohli and Co, but can never underestimate his side's hitting power.

RCB begin the chase!

Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch are at the crease. Padikkal is on strike. Sheldon Cottrell will open the attack for KXIP.

Score after 5 overs - RCB (25-3), need 182 runs in 90 balls

A terrible start for RCB. Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philipp and Virat Kohli have been dismissed. Huge responsibility on the shoulders of Ab de Villiers and Aaron Finch to power their side to a massive chase.

Score after 10 overs - RCB (63-5), need 144 runs in 60 balls

The game looks over for RCB as even ABD and Finch have departed. Fans will be praying for a miracle!

Score after 15 overs - RCB (95-7), need 112 in 30 balls

KXIP win by 97 runs!

Kohli and Co suffered a huge 97-run defeat. With early dismissals, they were never in the chase. Kohli's dropped catches proved to be costly as KL Rahul went on to smash a whopping 132 runs off 69 balls.

"Quite honestly I was nervous but I knew if I spend time in the middle, hit a few balls from the middle of bat, it will all settle down. I try to do (the same routines as I did when I was a player) but as a captain you have shortened time and you are running around and doing a lot of things," said Rahul who was elected man of the match. "I still try to maintain the same routine. Once I am in the middle and during the toss is the only time I feel like a captain and otherwise I try to balance being a player and the captain."

Kohli, meanwhile, took the brunt and hopes to learn from the mistakes. He said, "not the best day in the office, couple of important chances of KL when he was set and that cost us 35-40 runs at a later stage. Maybe if we restricted them to 180 we wouldn't have been under pressure from ball one of the chase."

"We know exactly where we went wrong and I have to put my hand up and say a couple of important chances went down. There are days when these kind of things happen on the cricket field, they happen and we have to accept them. We have had a good game, we have had a bad game and now it is time to move on. Learn from the mistakes we make."

End of the day's play!

(To download our E-paper please click here. The publishers permit sharing of the paper's PDF on WhatsApp and other social media platforms.)

Free Press Journal

www.freepressjournal.in