KXIP vs RCB: Chris Gayle is itching to walk out to the middle. He very well could on Thursday night at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
KL Rahul and Chris Gayle are two runs short of raising their 50-run stand. Four runs from the Saini over.
Punjab 78/1 after 8 overs:
Yuzvendra Chahal strikes and what a comeback after being hammerered for a six. Poor shot selection from Mayank as went for a slog sweep, misses the ball as it lights up the bails.
Alright we are set for the chase and it will be KL Rahul along with Mayank Agarwal, which means Chris Gayle will not get to open the batting.
For Bangalore it will be Chris Morris – the man who played a gem with the bat. End of Innings: RCB posts 171/6 after 20 overs.
Toss: Royal Challengers Bangalore wins toss, opts to bat first.
RCB squad: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel (wk), Aaron Finch, Josh Philippe, Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Adam Zampa.
KXIP squad: Lokesh Rahul, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Mandeep Singh, James Neesham, Tajinder Singh, Chris Jordan, Karun Nair, Deepak Hooda, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Glenn Maxwell, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sarfaraz Khan, Sheldon Cottrell, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Darshan Nalkande, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Gayle, Murugan Ashwin, Jagadeesha Suchith, Krishnappa Gowtham, Hardus Viljoen, Simran Singh.
Last IPL meeting:
KXIP (206/3 in 20 overs) beat RCB (109/10 in 17 overs) by 97 runs.
Game No. 31: Royal Challengers v Kings XI Punjab
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium.
Date: October 15, Thursday.
Time: 7:30 p.m.