The 31st match of the 13th season of IPL will be played on Thursday between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab in Sharjah. This season, the Punjab team has so far failed to show all-round play. With the return of Gayle, Punjab will try to get their campaign back on track from the match on Thursday. Kings XI have lost a few close matches so far. In six of the seven matches he has played, he has suffered defeat and must now win in order to maintain playoff expectations.
Kings XI had their only win in the tournament against RCB and they will try to draw inspiration from that win on Thursday 24 September but it should not be forgotten that the Virat Kohli-led team has improved their game ever since. have make. Although Sharjah’s wicket is slowly slowing down, the small ground here can prove to be ideal for a Sixer King like Gayle. However, it will not be easy for this 41-year-old batsman to dominate from the first ball as he has not played in the tournament yet.
Gayle had to play the last two matches but had to sit out due to ‘food poisoning’. Now that he is fully fit, it will be interesting to see at whose place he is included in the playing XI. Keeping Glenn Maxwell out may be an option as he has not been able to show up yet.
Apart from this, Gayle can be kept in the playing eleven at the cost of a foreign bowler. Kings XI skipper KL Rahul (387 runs) and his opening partner Mayank Agarwal (337 runs) have been at the bottom of the table despite their great performances. Bowling is a matter of concern for him as no bowler, except Mohammed Shami and Ravi Bishnoi, has bowled effectively especially in the death overs. The constant change in the effort to strike the right balance is also the reason for the poor condition of Kings XI.
Kings XI now have to face the RCB whose performance is constantly improving. For the first time in the last several years, he seems to have recovered from his bowling weakness. The spin duo of Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal have been highly effective while their pace bowling department has been strengthened after Chris Maurice returned from injury.
RCB played the last match against Kolkata Knight Riders on this ground and they are aware of the changing nature of the pitch here. Kings XI played their last match here on 27 September and the wicket was more favorable for batting then. Aaron Finch has returned to form. RCB’s top four batsmen (Finch, Devadatta Padikkal, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers) can dismantle any bowling attack.