Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Date: Monday, April 28
Start time: 3:30 p.m. BST
Live on: Sony Six, Star Sports HD, Star Sports 1 (India), ITV4 (United Kingdom), SuperSport (South Africa), OSN (UAE) SkyTV (New Zealand), Network Ten (Australia), Channel 9 (Bangladesh), Sportsnet and Omni (Canada), Sports Max (West Indies), Geo Super (Pakistan), Starhub (Singapore).
Weather: According to Weather.com, Dubai should be very sunny and warm, with temperatures peaking at 38 degrees Celsius.
Kings XI Punjab are the last team remaining with a perfect winning record in this year’s IPL after they defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders by 23 runs last time out.
Punjab batted first but made just 132-9 from their 20 overs, with only Virender Sehwag scoring more than 30 runs.
Meanwhile, Bangalore went down to an embarrassing defeat against the Rajasthan Royals in their previous match to lose by six wickets.
The Royal Challengers batted first but could muster just 70 all out, with only three batsmen reaching double figures.
In response, Mitchell Starc took two wickets, but the Royals had few problems in reaching their target with seven overs to spare.
The points table is starting to take shape in this year’s IPL, and both teams will be hoping to add to their wins so far to stake their claim on a place in the playoffs.
Kings XI Punjab (from): George Bailey (capt), Mitchell Johnson, Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag, Rishi Dhawan, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, Cheteshwar Pujara, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Beuran Hendricks, Thisara Perera, Gurkeerat Singh, Murali Kartik, Sandeep Sharma, Mandeep Singh, Akshar Patel, Parvinder Awana, Anureet Singh, Shardul Thakur, Karanveer Singh, Shivam Sharma, Manan Vohra, David Miller.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (from): Virat Kohli (capt), Parthiv Patel, Tanmay Mishra, Yogesh Takawale, Vijay Zol, Yuvraj Singh, Varun Aaron, Ashok Dinda, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Sachin Rana, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shadab Jakati, Sandeep Warrier, Harshal Patel, Nic Maddinson, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Albie Morkel, Mitchell Starc, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ravi Rampaul
With his fortunes now much-improved after his demolition of England during the Ashes, Mitchell Johnson is back with a vengeance.
His efforts with the new ball will be crucial in restricting opponents and preventing them from gathering early momentum.
India’s No. 1 batsman in all forms, Virat Kohli, retains a very important role with Royal Challengers Bangalore in the top order.
Still in form, he will be looking to carry on with a successful start so far and pile up more runs.
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