Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore will KL Rahul’s Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Thursday.
The match will be played at Dubai International Cricket Stadium starting 7:45 NST. Both Bangalore and Punjab are playing their second match this season.
Bangalore defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 10 runs while Punjab’s match against Delhi Capitals was decided through Super Over after both teams were tied. Punjab had managed only two runs in the Super Over .
Bangalore will be looking for another win to set pace in the tournament and cling on to the top of the table, currently occupied by Mumbai Indians after the defending champions won their second match against Kolkata Knight Riders by a huge margin on Wednesday.
Punjab and Banglaore have played 24 games between them with both winning 12 each. The biggest psychological edge will be Bangalore’s 4-1 record against Punjab in their last five matches.
Ahead of the match, here are some interesting stats between the two teams
Leading Run scorer
Kings XI Punjab : Shaun Marsh, 266 runs
Royal Challengers Banglore : Chris Gayle, 774 runs
Highest runs in an innings
Kings XI Punjab : Adam Gilchrist, 106 runs
Royal Challengers Banglore : Chris Gayle, 117 runs
Kings XI Punjab : Sandeep Sharma, 16 wickets
Royal Challengers Banglore : Yuzvendra Chahal, 19 wickets
Best Bowling figures
Kings XI Punjab : Piyush Chawala, 4-17
Royal Challengers Banglore : Sreenath Aravind, 4-14
Kings XI Punjab : 232-2
Royal Challengers Bangalore : 226-3