Game 31 of IPL 2020 in Sharjah today is between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab.
The last time these teams met in the UAE, KL Rahul’s unbeaten 132 off 69 balls set the record for the highest IPL score by an Indian batsman and set up KXIP for a 97-run hammering of RCB. But since then the fortunes of both teams have gone in opposite directions.
RCB sit at third position on the IPL 2020 points table and KXIP languish at eighth. Their sole win of the tournament was the win over RCB. Will a replay help salvage KXIP’s terrible campaign?
Here’s a ready reckoner for today’s RCB vs KXIP IPL 2020 match for fantasy league players.
Fantasy Tips and Predictions
Chris Gayle looks set to play his first game of IPL 2020, which means Glenn Maxwell should drop out. Gayle is best suited to opening, which means that in all probability Rahul will drop down to No 3. He remains the leading run-getter in IPL 2020 and though he dismissed strike-rates in T20 as being ‘over-rated’, the fact remains that Rahul’s strike-rate inside the Powerplay has been problematic.
Both teams have death-overs bowling issues, but this increases the chances of getting wickets. Bank on spinners more than pacers.
Best Fantasy Cricket Team
1 KL Rahul, 2 AB de Villiers, 3 Nicholas Pooran, 4 Devdutt Padikkal, 5 Virat Kohli, 6 Mandeep Singh, 7 Chris Gayle, 8 Washington Sundar, 9 Yuzvendra Chahal, 10 Ravi Bishnoi, 11 Arshdeep Singh
On a flat Sharjah pitch with short boundaries, and with form on his side now, Virat Kohli is a solid option.
At the same venue, AB de Villiers smacked 73 from 33 balls when RCB played KKR. With a strike-rate of 235.84 at the death in IPL 2020, plus the fact that he keeps wicket, de Villiers will fetch you points.
RCB probable 11: 1 Aaron Finch, 2 Devdutt Padikkal, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 AB de Villiers (wk), 5 Shivam Dube, 6 Washington Sundar, 7 Chris Morris, 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Mohammad Siraj, 10 Navdeep Saini, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
KXIP probable 11: 1 Mayank Agarwal, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 KL Rahul (capt), 4 Nicholas Pooran (wk), 5 Glenn Maxwell, 6 Mandeep Singh, 7 Chris Jordan, 8 M Ashwin, 9 Ravi Bishnoi, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Arshdeep Singh
Head to Head (In IPL)
Won by KXIP: 13 (52%)
Won by RCB: 12 (48%)
Player to watch out for
KL Rahul’s form has tailed off, but he likes facing RCB’s bowlers. With KXIP in such a miserable position, Rahul needs to deliver. Might it be time for him to keep wickets again?