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Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers [Photo-Twitter]
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After a big win in their previous match, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will host Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the IPL 2020 contest at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday. RCB displayed an all-round performance in their previous match against KKR to register a big win. The victory helped them grab third spot in IPL 2020 points table.

One win will take them closer to sealing IPL 2020 playoffs. The big positive for the Bangalore franchise is that AB de Villiers looked in fine touch in the previous game while Virat Kohli played the role of a perfect second fiddle in their match-winning stand. The bowling department will continue to rely heavily on fast bowler Navdeep Saini and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Let us have a look at how the team can shape up for the game.

Devdutt Padikkal 

Devdutt Padikkal

Young Devdutt Padikkal made a head start to the IPL 2020 with a fine half-century and looked in fine touch ever sicne.  The southpaw has the ability to score quick runs and found the boundaries. He will look for consistency in his batting approach and give his side a solid start at top of the order.

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Aaron Finch

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Aaron Finch [Photo-Twitter]

Australia limited-overs captain Aaron Finch has not looked at his best in the IPL 2020. He has struggled to bring his A game to the play. In the first match, Finch played a perfect second fiddle to Padikkal, supporting his knock. While in the second match, he was dismissed for 20 runs. Finch is yet to fire all cylinders in the IPL 2020 and RCB will expect the match comes out good for their opener.

 Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Credits: Twitter)

RCB captain Virat Kohli has returned back to form after a few poor outings. He has been in thick of things for not performing with the bat and dropping key catches in the previous game. However it is a known fact that if Kohli gets going then he can single-handedly thrash an opponent. Kohli might come to bat at his usual No.3 slot or drop down the order depending upon the need of the team.

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AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers [Photo-Twitter]

South African batsman AB de Villiers carries the onus of the RCB side along side Kohli. De Villiers has played a couple of cameo knocks in the previous matches for RCB. But the franchise will expect him to play longer innings. The former South African captain, also known as Mr.360, has every shots in his textbook and will look to execute the same to benefit his side.

Josh Philippe

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Josh Philippe caught attention with his quick-fire knocks in the Big Bash League (BBL). The Australian is touted to be the next big thing in the limited-overs and often been said to be the next Steve Smith. Philippe however has not reflected it through his performances in the IPL 2020. He is yet to unleash his best potential for the RCB.

Washington Sundar

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar (Credits: Twitter)

RCB all-rounder Washington Sundar contributed with a 30-run knock in the previous match but failed to pick up any wicket. Sundar will be a key for RCB in the middle-order to get among the scoresheet. The Bangalore franchise will also expect him to score crucial runs in the middle.

Shivam Dube

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Shivam Dube [Photo-Twitter]

Shivam Dube with his high backlift can clear the ground. But he has not quite found the momentum for RCB in this season. Dube picked up two wickets in the previous match but scored only 12 runs. It is important for him to fire lower down the order to help his side add depth to their batting attack.

Umesh Yadav

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Experienced Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav has struggled for form in the IPL 2020. He is one of the key fast bowlers for RCB squad but has not delivered as per expectations. Yadav has conceded too many runs for the Bangalore franchise but will look to come up with a much-improved game in the upcoming match against Delhi Capitals.

Navdeep Saini

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Navdeep Saini and Virat Kohli [Photo-IPLT20]

Navdeep Saini will carry the onus of picking up early wickets for RCB in the IPL 2020. The fast bowler will look to make the most of his ability in the match and derail the Royals batting line-up. If Saini gets going then RCB can be at the top with their performance.

Dale Steyn

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Dale Steyn with Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Veteran South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn is not at his usual best. He has lost his touch and not as effective as he used to be. Steyn has also not come in handy for the RCB bowling line-up but his presence is a morale booster for the side.

Yuzvendra Chahal

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Virat Kohli celebrates a wicket with Yuzvendra Chahal (Credits: Twitter)

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will play the most vital role in RCB bowling attack. In the slow pitches in UAE, Chahal has proved to be a match-winner and will look to deceive the Mumbai Indians batsmen with his spin.