Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Kings XI Punjab in their eighth match of IPL 2020 at Sharjah Cricket Ground in Sharjah tonight.
Royal Challengers Bangalore with 10 points from 7 matches is at third place in the points table and will look to earn yet another 2 points. Their top-order batsmen and bowlers are doing their jobs very well and once again all these players have to step up.
In batting Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Devdutt Padikkal will be the key players while in bowling Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Navdeep Saini have to do the job and they will have support from Washington Sundar and Isuru Udana.
On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab who has only 2 points from 7 matches is at the bottom and from here on they have to win all their remaining matches to stay alive in the tournament so it's a do or die contest for them. Captain KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Nicholas Pooran are batting well but the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Mandeep Singh, Karun Nair, etc have disappointed a lot and because of that their middle order is crumbling.
In the bowling, they don't have a death overs bowler and in that case, Mohammad Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, Arshdeep Singh, etc need to do the job with the new ball and in middle overs, Ravi Bishnoi will be the trump card.
All the major stats and facts ahead of the 31st match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab in Sharjah :
Head to Head in IPL -
Matches - 25
Royal Challengers Bangalore won - 12
Kings XI Punjab won - 13
20 - Yuzvendra Chahal has taken 20 wickets at an average of 16.45 in 13 matches against Kings XI Punjab in IPL.
97 - Kings XI Punjab beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 97 runs in the first meeting of this season in Dubai and that's the only win Kings XI Punjab have registered this season so far.
132* - KL Rahul played a great knock of 132* runs off 69 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Dubai in the first meeting of this season.
200 - Virat Kohli needs to hit 3 more sixes to complete 200 sixes in the Indian Premier League.
200 - Yuzvendra Chahal needs 1 more wicket to complete 200 wickets in T20 cricket.
2000 - Aaron Finch needs 92 more runs to achieve the milestone of 2000 IPL runs.
4000 - AB de Villiers needs 48 more runs to complete 4000 runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL.