KKR vs RCB Live: Kolkata opt to bat against Bangalore

Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi are out in the middle to start the innings for Kolkata Knight Riders. Chris Morris has the new ball in hand for Royal Challengers Bangalore. A slip in place for Morris. Gill on strike. Here we go!
Playing XI for both teams!

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Mohammed Siraj, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Tom Banton, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Rahul Tripathi, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

Captains at the toss
Eoin Morgan: “We are gonna bat first. The wicket looks good. There’s been continuous improvement. Couple of changes. Banton and Prasidh come in instead of Mavi and Russell.”
Virat Kohli: “We would have batted first. Looks like a good pitch, should be a good chase as long as we bowl well. We bowled them out cheaply in Sharjah. It’s all about how we exceute our plans. Siraj comes back. Shahbaz misses out.”
Team news: A couple of changes for KKR. Tom Banton and Prasidh Krishna come in for Andre Russell and Shivam Mavi respectively. Mohammad Siraj replaces Shahbaz Ahmed in RCB XI
Toss news: Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan wins toss, opts to bat against Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi.
Pitch and ground report: “It’s a fresh pitch today in Abu Dhabi, as in Dubai – one of the square boundaries is short at 62m and 71 m, while the other side has boundaries sized at 74m and 80m respectively. Similarly, the straighter boundaries vary. One of the straight boundary is huge at 79m while the other straight boundary is the shortest of them all, at 59m. There should be appreciable bounce on this surface, especially with the new ball. There is an even covering of green grass, the surface is very hard as well. Nothing much in terms of spin on this wicket. They will have to use their guile, angles and mix things up to be successful here,” said JP Duminy and Daren Ganga.
Players from both the teams are out in the middle, warming up ahead of the crucial encounter. We are just 15 minutes away from the toss.

Hello and welcome to TimesofIndia.com’s live coverage of Match 39 of IPL 2020 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi.

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