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Virat Kohli celebrates with his team-mates [Photo-Twitter]
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The 39th game of the Indian Premier League [IPL] will see Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB] take on the Kolkata Knight Riders [KKR] in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.

With six wins in nine games, Virat Kohli’s RCB are sitting pretty at the third spot in the points and they will be looking to gain two more points to further establish themselves in the upper half of the table.

Here’s a look at RCB playing XI for the fixture against KKR-

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Devdutt Padikkal

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal (Credits: Twitter)

Devdutt Padikkal has chipped in with valuable contributions in almost every game that he played for RCB this season.

The one issue though for Padikkal has been that he has not been able to accelerate after the mandatory powerplay, something that was evident during his 37-ball 35 in the last game against RR.

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Aaron Finch

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch (Credits: ESPNcricinfo)

Aaron Finch has once again proved to be a huge disappointment in the IPL this season. Barring his half-century against the Mumbai Indians earlier in the season, Finch has struggled to stitch a score of substance and has been repeatedly found out by both fast bowlers and especially spinners in the last two games.

In 9 games, Finch has managed just 205 runs at an average of 22.78 and a strike-rate of 114.53.

 

Virat Kohli (C)

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli [Photo-Twitter]
Virat Kohli scored a 32-ball 41 in the last game against Rajasthan Royals but just like the previous game against Kings XI Punjab, the RCB skipper got out at a crucial juncture, something he will be hoping to not repeat against KKR.

 

AB de Villiers (WK)

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AB de Villiers [Photo-Twitter]
AB de Villiers breathtaking 22-ball 53* was the main reason behind RCB chasing down 178 in the last game against RR.

With 35 runs needed off the last 12 balls, he champion batsman smashed Jaydev Unadkat for three consecutive sixes before sealing the deal with yet another maximum in the last over.

The last time AB played against KKR, he murdered their bowling, and his 33-ball 73- an innings which included 5 fours and 6 sixes- ultimately proved to be the difference in the end between the two sides.

 

Gurkeerat Singh Mann

Gurkeerat Singh Mann
Gurkeerat Singh Mann [Photo-IPL]
Gurkeerat Singh Mann silently chipped in with an unbeaten 17-ball 19 in the last game against RR when ABD was teeing off at the other end.

The Punjab batsman will be looking to come up with another game-changing contribution in the match against KKR.

 

Washington Sundar

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar (Credits: Twitter)

Washington Sundar was taken to the cleaners by Robin Uthappa in the last game during the powerplay.

Sundar has been brilliant in the IPL thus far and the off-spinner will be looking to redeem himself against KKR, a team against which he claimed 2-20 in the previous outing.

 

Chris Morris

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Chris Morris [Photo-Twitter]
Chris Morris has been a brilliant addition to the RCB fast-bowling group.

Morris claimed 4-26 in the last match against the Rajasthan Royals.

Overall, in 4 games, the Proteas fast bowler has taken 9 wickets at an average of 9.33 and a barely believable economy rate of 5.25.

 

Shahbaz Ahmed

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Shahbaz Ahmed [Photo-Twiter]
Shahbaz Ahmed did not have a great outing in the last game with the ball, having given 18 runs in his 2 overs.

But the left-hand orthodox made his presence felt with a stunning catch off Steve Smith.

 

Isuru Udana

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Isuru Udana. (Credits: IPLT20.com)

Isuru Udana had a forgettable game against Rajasthan Royals as he was taken to the cleaners by the likes of Smith.

Udana gave away of 43 runs in his 3 overs and the Sri Lankan all-rounder would look to redeem himself against KKR.

 

Navdeep Saini

RCB, Navdeep Saini, Virat Kohli
Navdeep Saini and Virat Kohli [Photo-IPLT20]
Navdeep Saini has bowled well but he hasn’t been able to pick up wickets consistently.

In 9 games, Saini has claimed just four wickets at an average of 69 and an economy rate of 8.12.

 

Yuzvendra Chahal

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Yuzvendra Chahal [Photo-Twitter]
Yuzvendra Chahal has had an impact on almost every game that he has featured in this season.

In the last game too, Chahal made a game-changing impact by dismissing a dangerous-looking Robin Uthappa and Sanju Samson.

Chahal has thus far claimed 13 wickets in 9 games at an average of 20 and an economy rate of 7.65.

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