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Right then. We are done with all the pre-match formalities as the action is all set to begin. The two umpires make their way out into the middle now.
Punjab (Playing XI) – KL Rahul (C/WK), Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh (IN PLACE OF MAYANK AGARWAL), Shahrukh Khan, Chris Jordan, Riley Meredith (IN PLACE OF MOISES HENRIQUES), Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Harpreet Brar (IN PLACE OF ARSHDEEP SINGH).
Bangalore (Playing XI) – Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (WK), Shahbaz Ahmed (IN PLACE OF WASHINGTON SUNDAR), Daniel Sams, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
KL Rahul, the Punjab captain, says that they have to go out there and put up a show. Informs that they have three changes as Moises Henriques, Arshdeep Singh, and Mayank Agarwal miss out and Riley Meredith, Prabhsimran Singh, and Harpreet Brar come in. Says that they are a young group of guys, with the exception of Gayle and they want to learn from their mistakes and play some good cricket.
The Bangalore skipper, Virat Kohli says they are going to bowl first as he saw the game last night and they are just one partnership away from putting pressure. Adds it looked tacky initially and then became a better wicket as the game progressed. Informs Shahbaz Ahmed comes in for Washington Sundar. Adds they just want to play good cricket, they are not looking at the table and just want to give their best. States the bowlers have been really good, he has quite a few options and they are executing really well.
TOSS – Both the skippers, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul are out in the middle for the all important toss. Up goes the coin and it lands in the favor of Kohli! BANGALORE WILL BOWL!
PITCH REPORT – Simon Doull is in for the pitch report. He says that the turf is good and there is good grass coverage and you have to make the most of the new ball. Feels that the teams need to defend the short side of the pitch and ends by saying that if you bowl well during the Powerplay, then you can perform well.
One of India’s most talented legends is facing off against one of India’s most promising talents. Yes, it is the clashing of swords between Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, as Bangalore and Punjab battle it out. There is some sort of striking similarity between these two and watching them face off is never a dull affair. Both the teams are coming into this game, with contrasting form, as Bangalore sits in third place and have just lost one game so far, whereas, Punjab are in sixth place and seems to be struggling to generate momentum. It will be interesting to see how KL faces up to his challenge. Excitement is ensured with these two. Stay tuned as we bring you the toss and the team news.
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