Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, 31st T20 Match Prediction 15 Oct 2020

Indian Premier League 2020

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, 31st T20 Match Prediction

2020-10-16

Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

Royal Challengers Bangalore

8.55 171/6 in 20.0
8.85 177/2 in 20.0

Kings XI Punjab

8.55 171/6 in 20.0
8.85 177/2 in 20.0 Cricbettingbuzz
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
Cricbettingbuzz Toss Winner - Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and chose to bat first
Cricbettingbuzz Kings XI Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 8 wickets

Man of the Match: Lokesh Rahul

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab cricket betting odds

RCB 1.64
KXIP 2.15

RCB vs KXIP Prediction

Manish Khorgade

After five consecutive defeats, can KXIP bounce back against spirited RCB? 

  • RCB won 5 out of 7 games whereas KXIP had just a single win from seven games.
  • KXIP's opening batsman K L Rahul is currently leading scorer in IPL 2020.
  • KXIP holds a 13-12 head-to-head advantage over RCB.

We predict Royal Challenger Bangalore will win this match.

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Match Preview

In the 31st match of IPL 2020, Royal challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kings Eleven Punjab (KXIP) will take on each other on Thursday at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Virat Kohli-led RCB team would be very content after five-win from seven games and third place on the point table. In the previous game against KKR, AB de Villiers magical knock of 33 balls 73 help RCB defeat KRR by a huge margin of 82 runs and registered fifth win of the season. RCB’s bowling unit is in sensational form and successfully defended the score three times so far, they are very accurate and sharp. As always RCB has formidable batting line-up with the likes of Kohli, AB AB de Villiers and A Finch in their ranks and the trio is the biggest threat for any opponent team. Virat Kohli and co are playing good cricket this season and they would be hoping to carry on the good form and keep the momentum.

On the other hand, despite a KXIP opening duo of K L Rahul and Mayank Agrawal are the top two leading scorers in IPL 2020, their side is currently placed at the bottom of the table after just single win from seven games. The batting-duo has scored 70% of the run and both have smashed a century in IPL2020. However, their inconsistency in middle-order batting has hurt KXIP on many occasion. KXIP were very close to winning many games but they lost the key moments either in bowling and batting and hence failed to seal a victory in close-encounter. In bowling, the side has tried different combination but nothing worked in their favour. However, KXIP side will take positive of defeating the very same opponent during their first clash this season. KXIP got plenty of potentials, they will aim to rectify mistakes and play some fearless cricket to get back in winning ways.

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Teams Preview

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Royal challengers Banglore (RCB) after ending 2019 season on the last place in the point table came back strongly in IPL 2020 and register five wins already from seven games. The opening duo of A Finch and D Padikkal has done a good job so far, they provided a decent opening stand in all the earlier games. Youngster D Padikkal has been very brilliant in batting; southpaw scored 243 runs from 7 games at an average of 34.71. He will be aiming to carry on good form. Skipper Virat Kohli is arguably one of the best batsman in the world at the moment, he is currently also a leading scorer in the IPL with 5000+ runs. In the IPL 2020, Kohli leading from the front, he scored 256 runs from last 7 games at an average of 64. The onus will be on him to carry on the good form and help the team register more wins. 

In the middle order, AB de Villiers and Shivam Dube looked pretty comfortable, both have scored a decent run in the limited opportunity. In last game, AB de Villiers awarded man of the match for his handsome knock 33 balls 73, he is a vital cog in RCB’s batting line-up and his good-form his very crucial for his team to go long way in the tournament. in the last two games, the addition of all-rounder Chris Morris further strengthen RCB’s batting and bowling. The spin duo of Y Chahal and W Sunder has bowled remarkably well and currently best spin duo in the ongoing season. Chahal is RCB’s go through bowler, he bagged 10 wickets from 7 games. Pacer N Saini and Isuru Udana has bowled well in death overs and didn’t allow the opponent team to score freely.
Key Players – Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Y Chahal

Royal Challengers Bangalore Actual Playing XI:

Mohammed Siraj, YS Chahal, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikal, Aaron Finch, Washington Sundar, NA Saini, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Virat Kohli, Shivam Dube

Royal Challengers Bangalore Key Players From Previous Game
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
A de Villiers 73 33 5 6 221.21
A Finch 47 37 4 1 127.03
V Kohli 33 28 1 0 117.86
Bowlers O M R W Econ
C Morris 4.0 0 17 2 4.25
W Sundar 4.0 0 20 2 5
N Saini 3.0 0 17 1 5.67
Bowlers O M R W Econ
C Morris 4.0 0 17 2 4.25
W Sundar 4.0 0 20 2 5
N Saini 3.0 0 17 1 5.67
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Royal Challengers Bangalore Predicted Playing XI

Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal

Kings XI Punjab

KXIP side lead by newly appointed skipper K L Rahul looks brilliant in the initial few games of the ongoing season and looks like a tough team to defeat. However, despite plenty of experienced player and youngsters in their rank, they failed under a pressure situation and lost five consecutive games. Now as the tournament moved to the second half of the league games, KXIP can't afford to lose further games and its high time they click collectively and break the losing streak. On the positive side, the opening duo of K L Rahul and M Agarwal is the most successful batting pair so far this season. K L Rahul is currently leading scorer with 387 runs from 7 games at an average of 64.50. Notably, K L Rahul smashed 132 against RCB during their first meeting this season. He is a pivotal player in KXIP batting and he would be aiming for match-winning knock. M Agrawal also scored with a strike rate of 158 during 337 runs in last 7 games. He is an explosive batsman and big match-winner.

In the middle-order, N Pooran has done a decent job in the limited opportunity he got. However, Aussies power-hitter Glen Maxwell has failed to live up the expectation; he may get replaced by C Gayle in this game. Bowling unit led by M Shami done the stupendous job for his team; picked 10 wickets from seven games. Arshdeep Singh another pacer also looks good and shown great courage bowling in death overs. KXIP bowlers need to work on their economy and they need to be very disciplined and sharp playing against batting heavy RCB unit. Death bowling is a big concern for skipper KL Rahul.
Key Players – Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami

Kings XI Punjab Actual Playing XI:

Arshdeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Mohammed Shami, Lokesh Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Glenn Maxwell, Murugan Ashwin, Mayank Agarwal, Deepak Hooda

Kings XI Punjab Key Players From Previous Game
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
L Rahul 74 58 6 0 127.59
M Agarwal 56 39 6 1 143.59
N Pooran 16 10 2 1 160
Bowlers O M R W Econ
M Shami 4.0 0 30 1 7.5
A Singh 4.0 1 25 1 6.25
R Bishnoi 4.0 0 25 1 6.25
Bowlers O M R W Econ
M Shami 4.0 0 30 1 7.5
A Singh 4.0 1 25 1 6.25
R Bishnoi 4.0 0 25 1 6.25
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Kings XI Punjab Predicted Playing XI

KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Simran Singh (wk), Glenn Maxwell/ Chris Gayle, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Chris Jordan/Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 25 0 mm. 3.33 k/h From: NE 0%
03h 26 0 mm. 3.61 k/h From: NE 0%
06h 32 0 mm. 4.33 k/h From: E 0%
09h 33 0 mm. 3.98 k/h From: NNE 0%
12h 32 0 mm. 6.52 k/h From: NNE 0%
15h 29 0 mm. 4.32 k/h From: NNE 0%
18h 28 0 mm. 2.88 k/h From: E 0%
21h 27 0 mm. 1.22 k/h From: NE 0%

The weather forecast in Sharjah on Thursday is mostly sunny and very warm. It is expected to be very humid. The Sharjah ground is one of the small ground in the world and due to small boundaries we expect plenty of firepowers. However, since the last few games, we observed wickets is getting slow down as the game's progress. Both the team is expected to score 180+  at this venue.

Venue Details

The match will be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah

Toss Prediction

From the last four IPL T20 played at the same venue, all matches won by batting first team. Records are clearly in favour of batting first team and hence both the team will look to bat first after winning the toss.

Winning Prediction

We expect it to be a high-scoring game as it will be played at Sharjah and both the teams got plenty of great batsman and power-hitters in their rank. However, RCB’s bowling unit looks more solid and accurate compare with KXIP. Besides, RCB is looking clinical in all aspects of the game and they are playing consistently good cricket.

We predict Royal Challenger Bangalore will win this match.

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