Sharjah, Oct 15 (IANS) Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won the toss and chose to bat against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Thursday. KXIP captain KL Rahul said that veteran West Indies batsman Chris Gayle would make his first appearance of the season after recovering from food poisoning.
Spinner Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman makes way for Gayle in the KXIP XI. The Anil Kumble-coached team is looking to lift themselves off the bottom of the table. Their latest defeat came against Kolkata Knight Riders on October 8 while RCB come into this match on the back of an 82-run win against the same side.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, KL Rahul(captain/wicket-keeper), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh