Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update – IPL 2020, Match 31

Bangalore is expected to win the match against Punjab.

Match Details:

The 31st match of the Indian T20 League 2020 will be played between Bangalore and Punjab at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

This game is scheduled to start at 07:30 PM IST (06:00 PM local time) (02:00 PM UTC). The game will be telecasted on the Star Sports Network (Available in English, Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, and Bengali). Also, live streaming will be available on Disney+ Hotstar VIP.


Both the teams pitted against each other in this match, on paper look to be equally potent, but due to some reason, one has outperformed the other in almost every aspect so far. Placed at the third spot in the points table, the team from Bangalore, led by Virat Kohli, has looked better than ever. They have won 5 out of the 7 games they have played, and are at the position they are, only because of their net run rate.

On the other hand, Punjab have failed to live up to the expectations of both themselves and the fans. The team, with the top scorer of the tournament at the moment, leading it, is placed at the last position in the points table. They have proved right that a cricket match cannot be won by only one person’s contributions. So, in this match, if they want to win against the might of Bangalore, they will have to perform well as a complete unit.

BAN vs PNJ Match 31 Weather Report:

Sharjah will be greeting the players on to the field, with clear weather, with no cloud cover in the skies and no chance of rainfall. The temperature is expected to be around the 30 degree Celsius mark.

Pitch Report:

The pitch at Sharjah is a batsman’s paradise. Bowlers, in this match, would find it difficult to keep the flow of runs in check, owing to the nature of the pitch and the ground size assisting the batsmen in scoring runs quickly. But it would be difficult to bat in the second innings and that’s where the bowlers would be looking to do the most damage.

Average first innings score:

214 (Last five Indian T20 League matches at this venue)

Record of the chasing teams:

Won – 1, Lost – 4, Tie – 0 (Last five Indian T20 League matches at this venue)

Injury and Availability News:

Chris Gayle, who had been out due to a medical condition, is available for selection in this match.

BAN vs PNJ Today’s Probable Playing XIs:


Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal


Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Adam Zampa, Pavan Deshpande, Josh Philippe, Shahbaz Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Parthiv Patel, Gurkeerat Singh Mann


KL Rahul (c), Mayank Agarwal, Deepak Hooda/Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Simran Singh (wk), Chris Gayle, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Sheldon Cottrell/Hardus Viljoen, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh


Sarfaraz Khan, Harpreet Brar, Murugan Ashwin, Krishnappa Gowtham, James Neesham, Karun Nair, Deepak Hooda/Mandeep Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Ishan Porel, Tajinder Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Sheldon Cottrell/Hardus Viljoen, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Jordan

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BAN vs PNJ Steal Picks for Today’s 11Wickets Match:

Devdutt Padikkal (8.5 credits)Devdutt Padikkal has been in great form with the bat, scoring 243 runs in the 7 matches he has played in while maintaining a strike rate of 126.56.

Ravi Bishnoi (8.5 credits) – Ravi Bishnoi has taken 8 wickets in 7 matches while giving away runs at the rate of 7.85 runs per over.

Nicholas Pooran (8.5 credits) – Nicholas Pooran is looking to be in good touch with the bat, with 212 runs to his name in 7 matches, at an average of 35.33 runs.

Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:

Captain Options – KL Rahul, AB de Villiers

Vice-Captain Options – Devdutt Padikkal, Nicholas Pooran

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for BAN vs PNJ 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – KL Rahul (C), Nicholas Pooran

Batters – AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal (VC), Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli

All-Rounders – Shivam Dubey, Washington Sundar

Bowlers – Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Yuzvendra Chahal

12th Man – Aaron Finch

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for BAN vs PNJ 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:

Keeper – KL Rahul, Nicholas Pooran (VC)

Batters – AB de Villiers (C), Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Aaron Finch

All-Rounders – Washington Sundar, Chris Morris

Bowlers – Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Yuzvendra Chahal

12th Man – Sheldon Cottrell

Expert Advice:

Stack your Fantasy team with batsmen with the match set to be played in Sharjah. Also, the spinners will be effective with the pitches getting slower and slower.

Today’s BAN vs PNJ Probable Winners:

Bangalore is expected to win this match.

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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

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