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IPL 2020 Highlights, RCB vs KXIP Match at Sharjah: As it Happened

IPL 2020 Live Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, Latest Update:KXIP win by 8 wickets. SIX! Nicholas Pooran hits a six down the ground - just about clears the field as Yuzvendra Chahal bowls a full toss. It was 1 from 1 and Pooran bails them out. Imagine if they had botched this one up.

Bangalore vs Punjab (T20)

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BLR vs PUN Cricket Scorecard (T20)

Match 31 T20, Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, 15 October, 2020

Bangalore

171/6

(20.0) RR 8.55

Bangalore Virat Kohli (C)
Punjab beat Bangalore by 8 wickets
Punjab KL Rahul (C) (W)

Punjab

177/2

(20.0) RR 8.85

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23:28 (IST)

KL Rahul: I've done yo-yo tests and played a few close matches, but the heart is racing like never before now. Happy we got a win. As a group we have been disappointed with the results, it can be frustrating. It's been a rollercoaster ride. Winning is a habit. He's (Gayle) not been feeling well in the last couple of weeks. But, he is hungry even at 41. He always wanted to play from the first day. He was training hard, he wanted be out on the park. It was a tough call to make and not make him play. It's important to keep the lion hungry. Wherever he bats, he's dangerous. He's taken it up as a challenge as well. He'll still be intimidating.

23:11 (IST)

Kohli: We thought the game might finish in the 18th over but it went down to the wire. We had a chat, there was a message about left-hand right-hand because they had two leggies. Sometimes decisions you take don't come off and this was one of those nights. Pretty happy with the decisions we took. 170+ was a decent score on the pitch. They bowled well, the pitch didn't allow us to play our shots. It's not a great ground for bowlers but that's not an excuse. We have to take responsibility and apply the next time. Few positives always from the games that you lose as well. Credit to Nicholas, we didn't expect him to step out. Game should have finished by the 18th over and it didn't. They let us come back a little bit.

23:03 (IST)

IPL 2020 live score: KXIP win by 8 wickets. SIX! Nicholas Pooran hits a six down the ground - just about clears the field as Yuzvendra Chahal bowls a full toss. It was 1 from 1 and Pooran bails them out. Imagine if they had botched this one up.

22:59 (IST)

WICKET! KXIP needed 2 from 6. It became 1 from 3. And Gayle is run out with the equation 1 from 1!

22:50 (IST)

IPL 2020 live score: KXIP 165/1 in 18 overs, chasing 172. Chris Morris finishes a spell of 4-0-22-0. KXIP just 7 away from their second win.

22:45 (IST)

IPL 2020 live score: KXIP 161/1 in 17 overs, chasing 172. FIFTY FOR Gayle smashes Washington for two more sixes, as RCB wait for formalities. Why bowl Siraj and Washington when Morris is there? KXIP close in on win.

22:39 (IST)

IPL 2020 live score: KXIP 146/1 in 16 overs, chasing 172. 20 runs from Siraj's over as Gayle and Rahul smash a six each. That makes the equation very easy, just 26 needed in 24 balls.

22:33 (IST)

IPL 2020 live score: KXIP 126/1 in 15 overs, chasing 172. Just 3 runs from the over of Navdeep Saini, who finishes a spell of 4-0-21-0. KXIP well on top, needing 46 off 30.

22:30 (IST)

Milestone alert.
 

22:28 (IST)

IPL 2020 live score: KXIP 123/1 in 14 overs, chasing 172. FIFTY for KL Rahul in that eventful over from Morris. Chris Gayle was given out lbw but he reviewed to show an edge. Crucial reprieve, that. KXIP on course for victory.

22:21 (IST)

IPL 2020 live score: KXIP 103/1 in 13 overs, chasing 172. Chris Gayle smashes two sixes in an over off Washington Sundar. From 6 off 14, he goes to 20 off 18. Pressure on RCB

22:17 (IST)

IPL 2020 live score: KXIP 103/1 in 12 overs, chasing 172. KL Rahul changes gears with a couple of huge sixes off Mohammed Siraj, gets closer to his half-century. Top batting, this. Senses the need for some big runs after RCB took momentum.

22:13 (IST)

IPL 2020 live score: KXIP 88/1 in 11 overs, chasing 172. Only 4 runs from the Washington Sundar over. Only 10 runs from the last three overs. KXIP struggling a bit.

22:08 (IST)

IPL 2020 live score: KXIP 84/1 in 10 overs, chasing 172. Just three runs again from the 10th over, bowled by Saini. RCB clawing their way back with some quick overs.

22:04 (IST)

IPL 2020 live score: KXIP 81/1 in 9 overs, chasing 172. Chris Gayle into the crease at No. 3, and Kohli immediately brings on Washington Sundar. Just three runs from the over there.

22:00 (IST)

IPL 2020 live score: KXIP 78/1 in 8 overs, chasing 172. Mayank Agarwal gone for 45 off 25, bowled by Chahal. A six the previous ball, and Chahal slows it down. Agarwal slogs and misses it. Beauty of a ball.

21:56 (IST)

IPL 2020 live score: KXIP 65/0 in 7 overs, chasing 172. Mayank Agarwal continues to attack, as Mohammed Siraj concedes 9 in his first over. Agarwal has been taking risks and is throwing his bat at almost every ball, while Rahul is anchoring.

21:49 (IST)

IPL 2020 live score: KXIP 56/0 in 6 overs, chasing 172. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul cross their half-century stand, as Agarwal attacks Udana. Superb start this for KXIP, RCB badly need a wicket.

21:45 (IST)

IPL 2020 live score: KXIP 46/0 in 5 overs, chasing 172. Navdeep Saini comes in for his second over but concedes 13 runs. KL Rahul with a six and Mayank Agarwal with a four. RCB under pressure

21:39 (IST)

IPL 2020 live score: KXIP 33/0 in 4 overs, chasing 172. Kohli brings in Yuzvendra Chahal, but Mayank Agarwal hits a six and two fours to get going. Two nice shots over extra cover in that over. KXIP trying to accelerate.

IPL 2020 Highlights, RCB vs KXIP Match at Sharjah: As it Happened

IPL 2020 Live Score, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, Latest Update: IPL 2020 live score: KXIP win by 8 wickets. SIX! Nicholas Pooran hits a six down the ground - just about clears the field as Yuzvendra Chahal bowls a full toss. It was 1 from 1 and Pooran bails them out. Imagine if they had botched this one up.

 

Preview

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will clash with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in match 31 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in Sharjah on the 15th of October.

RCB are at number 3 on the points table with 5 wins from 7 matches while KXIP are at the bottom of the pack with 6 losses from as many matches.

KL Rahul slammed a magnificent unbeaten 132 off just 69 deliveries in Dubai – in the first match between the two sides in IPL 2020. KXIP posted a mammoth 206 for 3 and cleaned up RCB for 109 registering a massive 97-run victory.

The smaller ground at Sharjah could see a huge aggregate in the match – given the number of big-hitters and batting superstars in both the units.

Kings XI Punjab

KXIP need to win almost all their matches to have any chance of making the playoffs – may be this is when they could be at the dangerous best.

After starting the tournament with a bang, they have lost 5 matches on the trot. KXIP gifted away from should have been an easy win against KKR in Abu Dhabi. Chris Gayle is set to play his first match of IPL 2020 against RCB – this is the biggest news from the KXIP camp. They would hope that the Universe Boss can change the fortunes of his franchise.

KL Rahul is still getting the runs but he is not dominating the bowling as before – he is playing the role of the accumulator and anchor and has seen a significant drop in his strike rate. This tactic is proving to be counter-productive for KXIP.

The biggest disappointment for them, however, has been the performance of their star finisher, Glenn Maxwell. The Australian hasn’t got going at all in IPL 2020 – he has just managed to muster 58 runs in 7 innings at a strike rate of 95.08. He could be dropped to accommodate Gayle.

Mohammed Shami is their leading wicket-taker in the competition with 10 wickets. Chris Jordan could be replaced by James Neesham in the XI.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

RCB have registered comprehensive wins in their last couple of matches and finally seem to be firing on all cylinders in the tournament. The top 4 are in good form. AB continues to be their playmaker in the tournament. He has scored 228 runs in 7 innings which has included three match-winning fifties. What is even more significant is the rate at which he has scored these runs for his franchise – at an incredible strike rate of 185.36. This separates AB from Kohli (strike rate of 127.36) and Padikkal (strike rate of 126.56) and this is what makes his performances unique and dangerous.

Yuzvendra Chahal is their trump card with the ball in the middle overs – he is the highest wicket-taker for RCB in IPL 2020 and has also been very restrictive going at just above 7 an over. Chris Morris has been a good late addition to the unit – he has been amongst the wickets and given nothing away in the two matches he has played in the tournament.

Washington Sundar has been the unsung hero with the ball. He has bowled 22 overs for just 108 runs – an economy rate of just 4.9. It is the best in the tournament (min. 10 overs). He has dried up the runs from one end choking the batsmen in the middle overs.

WHAT: IPL 2020, Match 31

WHEN: October 15 , 7:30PM IST

WHERE: Sharjah

TELECAST: Star Sports Network

LIVE STREAMING: Disney + Hotstar

Predicted XI

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) – Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) – Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh, Mandeep Singh, James Neesham, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

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