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IPL: Kings XI Punjab’s task cut out against upbeat Royal Challengers Bangalore

The first week has already shown that dew will play a major role and will only gain more significance as the pitches get slower
Virat Kohli

Our Bureau And Agencies   |   Calcutta, Dubai   |   Published 24.09.20, 03:22 AM

Royal Challengers Bangalore are on a high with a well-earned victory to start off their campaign, while Kings XI Punjab would look to put behind the contentious “short-run” decision in their opener as the two sides clash at the Dubai International Stadium on Thursday.

RCB, obviously, would be in a better frame of mind as they clawed out of a difficult situation versus Sunrisers Hyderabad the other night. Against Kings XI, Virat Kohli and his team do need the contributors in their previous game — opener Devdutt Padikkal, AB de Villiers and of course, Yuzvendra Chahal — to deliver again as back-to-back wins will indeed strengthen the mindset of the entire squad.

RCB, though, are once again likely to miss the services of South African all-rounder Chris Morris, who had suffered a side strain. “Chris unfortunately picked up a slight side strain a few days ago. He would have played a huge role through the middle and death overs,” RCB director of cricket operations, Mike Hesson, said on the franchise’s Twitter handle.

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For Kings XI, it would be interesting to see whether they effect a change in their XI or go in with the same team. KL Rahul and his men do need to put in a better showing at least for Mayank Agarwal, who played a magnificent knock in their opening game versus Delhi Capitals from a seemingly hopeless position.

The first week of this IPL has already shown that dew will play a major role and will only gain more significance as the pitches get slower, said RCB opener Aaron Finch.

“The dew will play a big part in the tournament. The last three games, the game at Sharjah yesterday and our game here, there was more dew than expected,” said the Australia limited-overs captain. “There will be lots of games played over and over on the same wickets, which will get slower and the dew factor will become gain more significance.”



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