Punjab Kings: 1 KL Rahul (capt & wk), 2 Prabhsimran Singh, 3 Chris Gayle, 4 Deepak Hooda, 5 Nicholas Pooran, 6 Shahrukh Khan, 7 Chris Jordan, 8 Harpreet Brar, 9 Ravi Bishnoi, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Riley Meredith
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1 Virat Kohli (capt), 2 Devdutt Padikkal, 3 Rajat Patidar, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 AB de Villiers, 6 Shahbaz Ahmed, 7 Kyle Jamieson, 8 Daniel Sams, 9 Harshal Patel, 10 Mohammed Siraj, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
Rishi Ghanta: “What does Malan need to do to get a game? It doesn’t make sense… and bat Pooran at 4 please. Wasting him if you’re asking him to swing wildly at the death”
Sandy: “Keeping the T20i No.1 batsman away when your team is sinking feels absolutely mindless and disrespectful to a certain degree but then the T20i No.1 bowler went unsold….”
7.07pm Thomas: “I had a feeling Shahbaz was coming in for Sundar, but I didn’t believe they’d actually do it. Sundar has had a terrible season with the bat, only a couple of decent outings with the ball, and he’s missed at least two opportunities in the field, while Shahbaz has already won a game for RCB with his bowling. I’m not opposed to the change, but I feel for Sundar, because I don’t think RCB are getting the best out of him”
Anonymous: “So can we see Gayle opening today?….I bet everyone would be waiting to see that!” — I doubt it, Prabhsimran’s a specialist opener too.
Rahul: Moises and Arshdeep miss out, Mayank got hit last game and he’s not feeling. Prabhsimran, Harpreet and Riley come in.
Kohli: Saw the game last night, short boundary on one side, decided to bowl. Shahbaz Ahmed comes in for Washington Sundar. Looking at their combination and what he offers in all three departments, we brougt him in. We’re not looking at the table and how many points and wins and all that. We’ve stepped in with 6 or 7 options every game, so I can literally throw the ball to anyone. That can give me space to execute plans.
RCB have elected to bowl.
Sowmya : “Experimentation is easier said than done. Winning 11s need not be tampered with is a time tested theory, while losing teams try to find the right balance, in the process try out maximum combinations. The key is to fix the issue of concern rather than wholesome changes. Going by form, not reputation / face value may help teams desperate for a win “
6.46pm No signs of caps being handed in either team.
Sanket: “@shah Rajat was good in the last outing. So dropping him doens’t make sense. First time at no 3 someone scored runs for them so they will surely stick with Rajat as for now. Yes for all the hype we all wanted to see Mohammad Azharuddin at no3 but he has to wait for the opportunity.”
King: “I really hope that Sarfaraz Khan can show his skills. If Punjab and RCB had used him properly, then he would be as well known as Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan.”
Shah: “Maybe RCB should consider giving a game to Mohammed Azharuddeen , can be a match winner for that number 3 spot , could really help to boost up the run rate “
6.40pm Should Punjab persist with Jordan? Will RCB stick with Patidar at No.3? Former RCB men Daniel Vettori and Dale Steyn discuss
Anant: “Punjab please change your uniform colours. These colours have not worked for RCB”
Hari Narayan : “Punjab are desperately looking for a win. They just have to re-organise their batting order. They should bring in Malan for Gayle and play Pooran at 4 and Henriques at 5. Hooda is more suited to a finisher role. “
RajatMaheshwari: “This RCB looks one of the best in the recent past history of their campaigns! Even when two of their star performers (Kohli and Chahal) hasn’t actually come to the party till now, they are sitting pretty silently on third in the points table! Hoping Pooran hasn’t saved his best for today’s game! “
Shubh: “Let the banter begin!”
Mohit: “Was waiting for this coverage to start. First question first are both teams wearing same kit? Would not make a good viewing if so.”
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6.28pm Good evening and welcome back to our coverage of the IPL. Both Punjab Kings and Royals Challengers Bangalore will have reached their respective halfway stages of the tournament at the end of this game, and it’s safe to say that their fortunes have been wildly contrasting so far. A win for RCB takes them to the top of the table, a win for Punjab slots them in fifth place and four points behind third place. Vastly different things to play for. Here’s the preview by Alagappan: Inconsistent Punjab Kings face uphill challenge against Royal Challengers Bangalore’s superstar batters
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