Dubai, September 23
Kings XI Punjab will look to place behind the controversial ‘quick run’ resolution of their IPL opener and begin afresh once they tackle Virat Kohli’s buoyant Royal Challengers Bangalore right here on Thursday.
In their opening recreation in opposition to Delhi Capitals, the square-leg umpire erroneously referred to as KXIP’s Chris Jordan for a ‘quick run’ on the third ball of the 19th over, successfully costing his workforce the carefully fought recreation.
KXIP went on to lodge an attraction to the match referee over the incident however on Thursday, KL Rahul and Co want to overlook the unsavoury incident and concentrate on the duty forward.
In distinction, RCB opened their marketing campaign on a successful be aware defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs, elevating hopes that issues may lastly fall into place for them this season.
Devdutt Padikkal began his IPL profession on an aesthetic be aware, hitting a chic half-century and can as soon as once more be in focus, whereas AB de Villers may even look to proceed in the identical vein following a vital half-century.
Both Kohli and Aaron Finch seemed good on Monday night time and can be itching to spend extra time within the center.
Yuzvendra Chahal, as at all times, would be the key man within the RCB bowling assault. The leg-spinner was instrumental in his workforce’s victory on Monday, triggering a batting collapse.
However, RCB will once more miss the providers of South African all-rounder Chris Morris who has picked up a side-strain. Morris was purchased for a whopping Rs 10 crore on the public sale.
Umesh Yadav continues to leak runs within the IPL and going by his displaying within the first recreation, he might be changed by Mohammad Siraj. It stays to be seen if the workforce can slot in England all-rounder Moeen Ali within the middle-order. With Josh Phillippe being chosen because the specialist wicketkeeper batsman to start out with, Ali can solely change Dale Steyn within the eleven.
For KXIP, Mayank Agarwal seemed in imperious contact however was gutted to not be capable of get his workforce over the road with only one run required to win.
Rahul, Glenn Maxwell and Nicholas Pooran will likely be anticipated to step up as they possess the flexibility to remove the sport from any opposition.
Big hitter Chris Gayle, who was ignored of the opener for higher steadiness within the eleven, might be again and batting all-rounder Jimmy Neesham may be given an opportunity.
KXIP’s bowling is spearheaded by Mohammed Shami, who proved his excessive price within the workforce’s opener.
Young leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi will go into the sport extra assured, having impressed in opposition to Delhi Capitals.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), 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 (WK), 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. PTI