The new head coach of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), Anil Kumble has said that his players are in good spirits ahead of the crucial game against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Indian Premier League (IPL). KXIP and RCB will be locking horns with each other on Thursday at the Dubai International Stadium. Punjab suffered a loss in super-over in their opening game against Delhi Capitals (DC) but Kumble said that the entire side is being positive despite that loss.
In a video on the official Twitter handle of KXIP, Kumble said, “You know obviously RCB has a very strong batting lineup with Virat, AB, and Aaron Finch, very experienced as well. Young Padikkal batted really well for them in the last game, again a debutant, nice to see a youngster do well in the IPL, but we have our plans.”
Anil Kumble further elaborated, “I think we have the ability to put it across so all depends on the day who plays well. Our preparations over the last one month have been really good and we are very positive after the Delhi Capitals game as to what we need to do and what are the corrections we need to make. It’s on the same ground that we would be playing RCB, its a T20 tournament so you just want to be good on a particular day and look at one game at a time.”
On the other hand, RCB had managed to register a comfortable win against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their opening game by 10 runs.
Kings XI Punjab and RCB have faced each other 24 times in the IPL so far and both sides have won 12 matches each. However, Virat Kohli-led RCB has dominated the recent head-to-head, winning four of the previous five encounters against Punjab.