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RCB vs KXIP Highlights, IPL 2020 Match Today: Rahul, Gayle fifties guide KXIP to 8-wicket win

IPL 2020 Highlights, RCB vs KXIP: KL Rahul-led Kings XI Punjab registered an 8-wicket win against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 31st match of the Indian Premier League 2020 today. Follow the RCB vs KXIP IPL 2020 match highlight

IPL 2020 Highlights, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP): Fifties from KL Rahul and Chris Gayle guided Kings XI Punjab to a terrific 8-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 31st match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Chasing a 172-target, Mayank Agarwal (45) and KL Rahul stitched a 78-run opening stand. Gayle (53 off 45 balls) scored his first half-century this season while Rahul remained unbeaten on 61. Chahal(1/35) picked up the only wicket for RCB. Earlier, Some late hitting from Chris Morris (25*) and Isuru Udana (10*) lifted Royal Challengers Bangalore to 171 for 6 against Kings XI Punjab in the Kohli top scored with 48 off 39 balls. They had win the toss and opted to bat first. For KXIP, Mohammed Shami (2/45) and Murugan Ashwin (2/23) scalped two wickets each.

Follow the RCB vs KXIP IPL 2020 Highlights here:

22:00 hrs IST KXIP wins

Nicholas Pooran slams a six off the last ball and Kings XI Punjab register their second win in this tournament. They finish with 177 for 2.

21:55 hrs IST Chris Gayle run out

OUT. Universe Boss Chris Gayle getting run-out has put the game in the edge. KXIP need 1 run off the last ball.

21:51 hrs IST Stats Alert

* 29th Half century in IPL

* 1st of IPL 2020

* 2nd against RCB in IPL

21:43 hrs IST Sundar to Gayle - SIX

SIX! Another one from Gayle in a matter of a ball. He remains inside the crease and launches it over long-on, too comfortably. Gayle moves to 48.

21:40 hrs IST Sundar to Gayle - SIX!

SIX! Universe Boss isn’t stopping now. He seems to be in a hurry right now. A short of a length delivery and Gayle goes on his back foot and tonks it over over long-on for a six. A 96 metre six this.

22:37 hrs IST Siraj to Rahul - SIX!

SIX! Siraj is definitely having a tough time as every KXIP batsman is going after him. This time, it’s Rahul who tonked the short ball over deep square leg. The ball gets stuck on the roof and and Kings XI Punjab edges closer to win

22:33 hrs IST Siraj to Gayle - FOUR, SIX

Gayle has found his zone and the big man is hurting RCB in the best possible way. The Universe Boss just nailed Siraj’s bowling with a boundary towards straight boundary and then a maximum over deep extra cover.

22:30 hrs IST Stat Alert - KL Rahul’s numbers in IPL

* 20th Half century in IPL

* 2nd fifty plus score against RCB in IPL

* 5th fifty plus score of IPL 2020

22:27 hrs IST Fifty for KL Rahul

Rahul notches another fifty in this tournament. His 20th in the IPL history. Moreover another fifty-plus score against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

22:20 hrs IST Sundar to Gayle - SIX

SIX! Universe Boss sends the ball into the outer space. Launches it towards the leg and find a maximum over deep backward square leg. Gayle is back and so is entertainment.

22:17 hrs IST Sundar to Gayle - SIX

SIX! Finally that much-awaited maximum came off as Universe Boss joins the party. A fuller delivery from Sundar and Gayle launches it towards the straight boundary for a six.

22:13 hrs IST 100-up for KXIP

Following sme great knocks form Mayank Agarwal and skipper KL Rahul, KXIP notched up three figures in the 12th over. Gayle has joined the [arty after Mayank’s dismissal and taking his time to set.

22:10 hrs IST Siraj to Rahul - SIX,SIX

KL Rahul isn’t going the loose the momentum so easily and his back-to-back sixes truly justifies his move. A maximum over deep mid-wicket and then a 95-metre maximum over long on to quash Siraj’s spell. The ball cleared the stadium on both occasions, KXIP - 103/1 after 12 overs

22:07 hrs IST 200 T20 wickets for Chahal

With the wicket of Mayank Agarwal, Yuzvendra Chahal has reached the milestone of 200 wickets in the shortest format of the game.

22:03 hrs IST Chris Gayle not opening the innings in IPL

* KKR vs RR in 2010 (match #53)

* RCB vs RR in 2012 (match #30)

* KXIP vs RCB in 2020 (match #31)

22:00 hrs IST Chris Gayle walks out to bat

Finally, Gayle is there on the field with the bat. It’s the third occasion in IPL history that Universe Boss didn’t open the innings for his franchise. Can he help KXIP to get back to wining ways?

21: 57 hrs IST Chahal to Mayank - BOWLED

BOWLED! Chahal does it brilliantly. Tosses the ball, makes Mayank swing across and rattles the wicket to get the breakthrough. Amazing comeback by Chahal right after getting punished for a maximum.

21:55 hrs IST Chahal to Mayank - SIX

SIX! Mayank keeps on hitting those biggies and RCB look completely puzzled against the onslaught. A loose one from Chahal and Mayank tonks it right over the bowler’s head.

21:51 hrs IST Siraj to Mayank - FOUR

FOUR! A beautiful shot from Mayank to put RCB under pressure. An overpitched delivery from Siraj and Mayank lofts it over covers for a boundary.

21:47 hrs IST Stats Alert

* 5th time KXIP openers survived the powerplay.

* 3rd time RCB failed to pick a wicket in the powerplay

21:43 hrs IST Udana to Mayank - SIX, 50-up for KXIP

SIX! Another maximum off Mayank’s blad that brings up 50-run opening stand for Kings XI Punjab. RCB attack looks under pressure now. KXIP - 56/0 after 6 overs

21:40 hrs IST Saini to Mayank - FOUR

FOUR! Mayank ends the over with a four towards the straight boundary. An overpitched delivery from Saini and Mayank punches it right over the former’s head. KXIP - 46/0 after 5 overs.

21:37 hrs IST Saini to Rahul - SIX

SIX! Rahul has set the tone with a couple of strong shots across the field. Saini’s length delivery went for a flat six and the ball brushes the cushions at deep mid-wicket.

21:35 hrs IST Chahal to Mayank Agarwal - SIX, dot, FOUR, FOUR

Mayank takes the centre stage and goes berserk over Yuzvendra Chahal. A six over long-off and then back-to-back fours to churn out 15 runs off the over. KXIP - 33/0 after 4 overs

21:33 hrs IST Yuzvendra Chahal vs KXIP in IPL

Matches - 13

Wickets - 20

Average - 16.45

Strike Rate - 13

21:30 hrs IST Morris to Rahul - SIX

SIX! This time Rahul goes after morris and slams the first six during the run-chase. Morris bowls it short and Rahul pulls it magnificently for a six over deep square leg.

21:27 hrs IST Saini to Rahul - FOUR

FOUR! Easy boundary for the KXIP skipper as he flicks it down towards the fine leg area. Welcome boundary for Rahul and the team as well.

21:25 hrs IST Morris’ brilliant first over

Morris begin the attack superbly. He troubled the KXIP opening duo, letting them pick just one run off the over. KXIP - 1/0 after 1st over

21:22 hrs IST KL Rahul vs RCB

Innings - 7

Runs - 310

Highest Score - 132

Strike Rate - 163.16

Average: 62

21:20 hrs IST KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal out to bat

KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are out to bat for Kings XI Punjab. Chris Morris begins the attack for Royal Challengers Bangalore.

21:15 hrs IST Bowlers dismissing Kohli, de Villiers in same over

2012 - Jacques Kallis, Kolkata

2013 - Dhawal Kulkarni, Mumbai

2015 - Ashish Nehra, Ranchi

2016 - Krunal Pandya, Mumbai

2016 - Thisara Perera, Pune

2018 - Nitish Rana, Kolkata

2019 - Shreyas Gopal, Bengaluru

2020* - Mohammed Shami, Sharjah

21:05 hrs IST RCB innings end

Chris Morris ends the final over with a maximum over deep square leg. RCB finishes with 171 for 6 in 20 overs. KXIP need 171 to win.

21:00 hrs IST Shami to Morris - SIX

SIX! A slower delivery from Shami and Morris finds it right in the slot. The latter makes room and then belts it over long-off. The last over is going too good for RCB.

20:57 hrs IST Shami to Udana - SIX

SIX! Isurua Udana launches a biggie over deep mid-wicket for a humongous six. He picked it on time and gets some useful runs with that shot.

20:53 hrs IST Jordan to Chris Morris - SIX

SIX! A much-needed one for RCB. A wide outsde off delivery and Morris ramps it over point for a maximum. A bit of relief for the side after th dismissals of Kohli and de Villiers.

20:47 hrs IST Shami to Kohli - OUT!

OUT! The RCB skipper departs on 48. A short ball from Shami and Kohli moves the blade too early. The ball hits him in the glove and falls right in Rahul’s gloves. KXIP celebrates while Virat Kohli is not happy at all.

20:43 hrs IST Shami to de Villiers - OUT!

OUT! Shami removes the danger man too cheaply. A fuller delivery from the speedster and de Villiers tries to push it over mid-off. A mishit from ABD and Deepak Hooda takes a dolly near extra cover.

20:38 hrs IST Jordan to Shivem Dube - OUT!

OUT! Short ball from Jordan. Dubes tries to pull but a top-edge sends the ball high in the sky. KL Rahul rushes towards short fine leg and grabs it easily. Dube departs for 23, Jordan gets his first wicket this season. RCB - 127/4 after 16 overs.

20:35 hrs IST Bishnoi to Shivam Dube - SIX,SIX

Finally, there are some fireworks happening in Sharjah. All thanks to Shivam Dube, ran through Shivam Dube’s bowling. A 91-meter maximum over long-on and then over deep mid-wicket. Beautiful hitting by the all-rounder.

20:31 hrs IST 100-up for RCB

RCB notched-up the three figures in the 14th over. Skipper Virat Kohli is batting at 36* and is accompanied by Shivam Dubey who is batting on 8*.

20:27 hrs IST Where is AB de Villiers?

RCB are 3 wickets down and AB de Villiers is yet to come. Another surprising move the management. This will be the fourth occasion when he will bat at number six or below. Before this game, here are the games when ABD came down the order

vs MI in Centurion, 2009 - 6(6) for DD

vs PWI in Bengaluru, 2012 - 33(14)* for RCB

vs CSK in Bengaluru, 2014 - 10(6) for RCB

20:24 hrs IST Bishnoi cuts off RCB’s pace

A good over from young Ravi Bishnoi. 101010 - his over looks like a binary code but that’s how he cut off RCB’s run-scoring pace. Just three off the over, RCB - 97/3 after 13 overs.

20:21 hrs IST Ravi Bishnoi into attack

Here comes the leading spinner of Kings XI Punjab - Ravi Bishnoi into attack. The young spinner has picked up 8 wickets in the tournament and has an affinity towards left handers picking, 4 wickets at an economy of 6.38.

20:13 hrs IST M Ashwin to Sundar - OUT

OUT! Ashwin strikes again and clears off Washington Sundar with one of his googlies. Sundar slog sweeps against the spin and gets caught by Chris Jordan. RCB - 86/3 after 10.3 overs

20:09 hrs IST Maxwell to Washington Sundar - FOUR!

FOUR! Sundar has been striking the ball too good, just like his bowling spells. A poor ball bowled down the leg side by Maxwell and Sundar tickles it for a boundary towards fine-leg.

20:04 hrs IST RCB - 57/1 in 6 overs - 2nd best powerplay score in IPL 2020
20:00 hrs IST Ashwin to Finch - BOWLED

BOWLED! Murugan Ashwin bamboozles Finch, bowls him out. A quick small leg-break beats the batsman and runs directly into the stumps. The bails go off and so does Finch. RCB - 62/2 after 3 overs

19:57 hrs IST M Ashwin to Finch - FOUR!

FOUR! The turn took a thick outside edge of Finch’s bat and rushes towards the thirdman boundary after beating KL Rahul’s gloves. Another boundary for Finch.

19:54 hrs IST Ravi Bishnoi into attack, Kohli replies

FOUR! Another Virat Kohli classic off to get a boundary through square. The RCB skipper wished to play it forward but changed his mind, rolling his wrists for the cut shot.

19:51 hrs IST Arshdeep Singh to Kohli - FOUR, FOUR!

Virat Kohli going gaga on his 200th IPL appearance and unleashing some beautiful shots against Arshdeep. A boundary through covers, followed by flick towards fine leg - Kohli is hitting around the park.

19:48 hrs IST Arshdeep to Padikkal - OUT!

OUT! Arshdeep draws the first blood for KXIP with a good length delivery. Padikkal confronts it onto his front foot and ends up getting caught at short covers by Nicholas Pooran. RCb - 38/1 in 4.1 overs

19:45 hrs IST Shami to Padikkal - SIX

SIX! First one off Padikkal’s bat. Making the most of a smaller Sharjah ground with mighty wrist works.Piked up too nicely, strong bottom hand and sailed it deep square leg for a maximum.

19:41 hrs IST Arshdeep to Padikkal - FOUR

FOUR! Some amazing wrist work from the young opener to get a boundary over short fine leg. Padikkal’s first boundary against KXIP this evening.

19:38 hrs IST Gyale dives, saves a boundary

An off cutter from Arshdeep Singh and Finch walks down to square it up. Misses on the shot and gets an outside edge,dropping short off a diving Chris Gayle at slip. The Universe Boss gets up, rushes towards the pitch and stand next to Finch.

19:35 hrs IST Shami to Finch - FOUR!

FOUR! Another beauty off Finch’s bat. He walked down the line and loft it through the live towards the mid-on boundary for a four. RCB - 18/0 after 2 overs

19:32 hrs IST Maxwell to Finch - SIX

SIX! Finch begins the party and slams a huge six off the last ball of the first over. Maxwell bowled in Finch’s slot and the latter slog sweeps behind square. RCB off to a good start.

19:29 hrs IST Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch out to bat

Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch walks out to bat for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Glenn Maxwell begins the attack for Kings XI Punjab.

19:15 hrs IST In-match stats

• 48: Runs De Villiers needs to reach 4000 runs for RCB, will be the first foreigner and only the 2nd player to reach 4000 runs for RCB

• 6: 4s KL Rahul Needs to reach 400 4s in T20s

• 37: Runs KL Rahul Needs to reach 4500 runs in T20s

• 3: Wickets Saini needs to reach 50 T20 wickets

• 1: Chahal needs 1 wicket to reach 200 T20 Wickets

• 92: Runs Finch needs to reach 2000 runs in IPL

• 50.56: De Villiers has scored 708 runs against KXIP at an average of 50.56, his best against any active team in IPL

• 20: Wickets Chahal has taken against KXIP, his most against any opponent in IPL

• 62: KL Rahul’s average vs RCB, only against M he has a better average in IPL

• 16: Runs Needed by Gayle to reach 4500 runs in IPL

• 53.50: Gayle’s average vs RCB, his best against an active opponent in IPL

• 2: Glenn Maxwell is 2 wickets away from 100 wickets in T20s

19:10 hrs IST KL Rahul at toss

KL Rahul speaks at the toss - “We were also looking to bat first. Just looking to get a couple of wickets and put pressure on them. We all feel we deserve more than two points. Everybody knows that all games are must wins for us from hereon. It’s not a bad place to be in, we need to bring our A game and do our best. Three changes: Mandeep got injured yesterday, and Prabsimran and Mujeeb miss out. Gayle, Hooda and Ashwin come in.”

19:06 hrs IST Virat Kohli speaks at the toss

RCB skipper Virat Kohli speaks at toss - “We will bat first. It looks like a dry surface and got considerably slower the last night. RCB means a lot, not many understand that emotion. 200 games for them is unbelievable, I wouldn’t have believed it in 2008. It is an honour, they’ve kept me and I have stayed on. When the team wins you look good as a captain. There have been many individuals who have put their hands up even after two losses. It’s only halfway and we have to keep it up. We are unchanged.”

19:03 hrs IST RCB vs KXIP: Playing XIs of both teams

Royal Challengers Bangalore are going unchanged. Good news for KXIP as Chris Gayle comes in for the first time in IPL 2020. He replaces Mujeeb ur Rahman as an overseas player. Two more changes for Kings XI Punjab - Prabhsimran Singh, MAndeep Singh out, Deepak Hooda, Murugan Ashwin in.

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

Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Chris Gayle, KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh

19:00 hrs IST IPL 2020 Live Score, RCB vs KXIP: Toss

Royal Challengers Bangalore win toss, opt to bat first.

18:55 hrs IST Pitch Report

“It looks a good wicket. A bit of brightness on this wicket so I think it is going to be quicker. It’s going to be more of an even contest between bat and ball. Although the wickets have slowed up, this one should be better. Win the toss and bat,” reckons Kevin Pietersen on Star Sports.

18:50 hrs IST “I think I’m playing today” - says Chris Gayle

“I think I am playing today. Looking forward to it and everyone’s been waiting for this opportunity. It is time to see the Universe Boss out there in the middle. It is disappointing to not start, you don’t come here to sit around. But it is what it is. Today is my opportunity and I am happier for the fans. I’ll look to do what I do best, entertain as much as possible and be Chris Gayle as always. No pressure on me, absolutely, to be honest,” said Chris Gayle.

18:45 hrs IST 15 minutes to toss

We are 15 minutes away from the toss and since the game will be played in Sharjah, the team which wins the toss, opts to bat first. However, it has to be noted that the number of sixes hit at Sharjah have reduced drastically in last six matches.

18:40 hrs IST Virat Kohli speaks about the positives for RCB

“It’s great to see individuals step up when the team requires. Bowling unit, with Morris coming in, looks all the more potent. The three-week camp helped us. We have clarity of plans. Know exactly what we want to do on the field. It’s very positive.”

18:30 hrs IST “A bit of luck can bring back KXIP,” feels Maxwell

“A little bit of luck will help. If you look at the first game, we scored more runs than Delhi, the umpire wrongly called a short run (KXIP lost in the Super Over). We could have started with two wins in a row, and then we bowled one bad over against RR which ended up getting them back into the game. Unfortunately, little moments like that haven’t been taken. We’ve spoken at length about taking those key moments. In T20, you make one mistake and it can sort of get compounded. We feel we’ve played good cricket this year to win most of our games, we just haven’t been on the right side of luck in this tournament. In T20, luck can play a big part, and teams riding their luck and going well with it can get on a bit of a run,” said Maxwell to HT.

18:25 hrs IST Chris Gayle vs RCB bowlers

vs Umesh Yadav - 9 innings, 70 runs, 53 balls, 4 dismissals

vs Chris Morris: 6 innings, 40 runs, 34 balls, 3 dismissals

vs Dale Steyn: 8 innings, 49 runs, 45 balls, 1 dismissal

vs Mohammed Siraj: 1 innings, 43 runs, 16 balls

18:15 hrs IST RCB vs KXIP: When and where to watch the LIVE STREAMING

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18:10 hrs IST KXIP Predicted XI vs RCB

The time has come when Chris Gayle must come to rescue Kings XI Punjab’s sinking ship. The Veteran Caribbean batsman hasn’t played in IPL 2020 yet.

KXIP Predicted XI against RCB: KL Rahul (c), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Deepak Hooda, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami, Hardus Viljoen.

18:05 hrs IST RCB Predicted XI vs KXIP

Though Virat Kohli & Co look very much balanced but they may go for one change. They likely can bring Gurkeerat Singh Mann in place of Mohammed Siraj.

RCB Predicted XI against KXIP: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Gurkeerat Singh, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal

18:00 hrs IST Points Table

Let’s have a look at the current standings ahead of the RCB vs KXIP clash:

* RCB currently placed at the third position with 10 points. They have won 5 matches out of 7 and lost 2.

* KXIP are currently placed at the eighth position with just 2 points. They have won only one game out of 7 and lost 6.

17:50 hrs IST Chris Gayle likely to return after 274 days

If Chris Gayle take the field against RCB, he will be playing a T20 match after 274 days. In the 4 T20 matches played by Gayle in 2020 he has scored 144 runs at an average of 36 and a strike rate of 138.46. He has recorded 1 fifty plus score in these 4 matches.

17:40 hrs IST “Will Turn Things Around” - believes KXIP head-coach Anil Kumble

“It’s a start of the second innings for us. We are half way through the tournament, the first-half hasn’t been great. Although we played some good cricket, unfortunately, we couldn’t cross the line. Even in the last game we were in a position from where we should have won but again we couldn’t cross the line. So that’s something when we are in a position like that again, we should capitalise on that. I think it’s about going out there and playing freely and not worrying too much. It will happen, it’s just around the corner, I have a strong belief that we will turn things around,” said Anil Kumble.

17:35 hrs IST Arshdeep and Bishnoi – Young guns making their mark

Ravi Bishnoi and Arshdeep Singh turned out to be the two outstanding bowlers in KXIP arsenal. Bishnoi (8 wickets) and Arshdeep (3 wickets) have contributed to 11 out of the 34 wickets taken by the KXIP bowlers this season.

* Arshdeep Singh’s average of 19.33 and Bishnoi’s average of 26.50 are the 2nd and 4th best respectively among KXIP bowlers this season.

* Arshdeep Singh’s economy of 7.25 and Bishnoi’s economy of 7.85 are the best and 2nd best respectively amongst KXIP bowlers this season

17:30 hrs IST Milestone Alert for Virat Kohli

* 200th match for RCB

* 67: Runs Kohli needs to reach 700 runs vs KXIP in IPL

* 6: 4s Kohli needs to reach 500 4s in IPL

* 3: 6s Kohli needs to reach 200 6s in IPL

17:25 hrs IST Ab de Villers’ brilliance against KXIP

De Villiers has a good record against KXIP, he has scored 708 runs against KXIP at an average of 50.56, his best against any active team in IPL. Overall, AB de Villiers has 7 half centuries against KXIP, only Warner has more in IPL.

17:20 hrs IST Gayle’s records in Sharjah

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium

Matches: 13

Runs: 387

100s: NIL

Fifties: 4

Average: 29.77

Strike Rate: 157.32

17:10 hrs IST RCB’s bowling shine

In the first 5 matches RCB’s fast bowlers had an average of 40.93 which has improved to 18.33 in the last 2 matches. Their economy rate has also fallen from 10.8 in the first 5 matches to 6.32 in the last 2 matches.

17:05 hrs IST Chris Morris - RCB’s lethal spearhead

* Chris Morris missed 5 matches due to injury but since his comeback has proved his worth. He has taken 5 wickets at an average of 7.20, which is best by any bowler in IPL 2020.

* Morris has an economy of 4.50 which is also the best by a bowler in IPL 2020. His arrival has boosted RCB’s death bowling, in 2 matches he has taken 4 wickets from overs 17-20 most by a RCB bowler at an economy of 5.33.

17:00 hrs IST Will ‘Gayle Storm’ hit Sharjah tonight?

Universe Boss Chris Gayle was hit by a stomach bug but now he is fit and back at nets. The team has dropped a hint that he might play against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Sharjah.

Cars driving past Sharjah, beware

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