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THFC All or Nothing

A team that achieves unprecedented success (Manchester City, the all-or-nothing ‘football theme’ from the previous season), a great team struggling to get out of a tough spot (Amazon Prime series Take Us Home: Leeds United ), or a team that always fights on the wrong side of the scoreboard, but remains an integral part of the city and local culture (Sunderland ‘Til I Die on Netflix) – there is enough drama on each of these tracks that a viewer the time you need more compulsion to tune will be wasted.

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New coach Jose Mourinho is seen spending time with his players

The storyline

Basically, odds against All or Nothing – Tottenham Hotspur is their theme. What about the Spurs, after a year of average performances and not living up to expectations once again, is it worth being documented? This is where José Mourinho takes center stage.

In all likelihood, Spurs would have signed the deal with Amazon after a spectacular run to the UEFA Champions League final in 2019. Yet very few expected the club to implode at the start of the 2019-20 Premier League season which caused the departure of coach Mauricio Pochettino in mid-November of last year.

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Documentary’s focus

Pochettino appears for about twenty-five minutes in episode one of the series, and that sets the narrative. The focus will be on the club’s resurgence with a new manager, the controversial José Mourinho, although we now know that it didn’t go as expected by President Daniel Levy. The team showed some struggle and hesitated before stuttering across the finish line.

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This documentary also shows the rise of Japhet Tanganga who was their academy recruit!

The Spurs have a team full of superstar players, none more so than England captain Harry Kane. However, it is José Mourinho whose presence looms like a specter. The Portuguese coach is a cult figure of personality. We have loved and hated him in equal measure, but we never shy away from reading about him. In short, José Mourinho is today the same informant that he was when he arrived in England in 2004 and was given the name – ‘The Special One’.

About the episodes

All or Nothing: Tottenham Hotspur is a disappointment because we are presented with superficial documentation of Mourinho. The drama is missing. One of the most successful coaches of his generation, we see little of Mourinho’s tactical mind, not even in the game where we see Spurs with five goals against an unfortunate Burnley Team FC.

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Dele Alli’s cover

With that said, we see the everyday side of Mourinho: the downright cheeky and foul-mouthed coach who is sincere about wanting Harry Kane to “blow up” and calls out Dele Alli for being lazy in practice.

However, there is a more than acceptable reference to community outreach programs; the only downside is that the series doesn’t stop at him either. Even though the series shows glimpses of how the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium was built and turns Levy into some sort of messiah, it would have been a bit better had they focused on how the sacking of Pochettino happened. 

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Here we got a glimpse of everything : From Kane’s and Son’s injury to their rise and how THFC made it to the Europa League!

What we felt!?

We must remember that this show is supported by a multinational company that is desperate to get into the Premier League broadcasting game. Amazon loves the drama and they gladly show us plenty — but there are many more secrets under the Spurs rock that haven’t been revealed. Honestly, we would have needed the rise of Spurs as a Champions League finalists or at least Pochettino’s tactics and strategy but all that we got was of The Special One Mourinho’s.

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France vs Portugal 2020

Facing each other for the first time since Eder proved himself Portugal’s unlikely hero in the Euro 2016 final in the same venue, a pair of stellar attacks found no way to take on similar elite defenses.

Euro 2016 hangover

Didier Deschamps’ hosts, backed by 1,000 socially separated fans within the cavernous arena, were unable to reposition the form of free goals that saw them demolish Ukraine 7-1 in a weeknight-friendly.

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UEFA Nations League 2016 winners – Portugal FC

Summary of the match

Portugal followed their 0-0 draw against Spain with another draw, though Pepe thought he had headed in a winning goal in the 74th minute, only to see the offside flag fly. Lucas Hernández made a final block to deny Cristiano Ronaldo at the end of Bernardo Silva’s skillful play in the 24th minute; The initial exchanges were easy on the eyes without giving much in scoring action.

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Kylian Mbappe goes past Portugal FC’s defence

Antoine Griezmann stepped between Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro clung to Paul Pogba’s floating pass and shot Hugo Lloris, while Joao Félix provoked the ire of Ronaldo on the other end by launching on a Bruno Fernandes free-kick to deflect it from the Juventus. Superstar. This was the best chance for Portugal to gain upper hand in the scoreline. Joao Felix instead of throwing a leg to it should have seen who was there to cover the ball. This became a costly mistake as there were no close chances thereafter!

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Challenge against Joao Felix

Kylian Mbappé sought to open the match early in the second half, beating Danilo Pereira with brilliant skill, but Rui Patricio saved his effort well. Interestingly, Ronaldo misjudged a half-volley attempt from Guerreiro’s search center and it was an infallible set-piece delivery from the Borussia Dortmund man who chose a hunched-over Pepe, whose celebrations were correctly interrupted.

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A more familiar match-winner almost appeared in injury time, but Lloris came down sharply to repel Ronaldo at his first post. All to play in the second leg Despite the lack of a decisive moment, this was a high-class encounter with some of Europe’s best talent that attracted attention. Portugal and France have seven points from their three games and expect them to add three more each before meeting again next month.

Fanboy moment

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Mbappe shared a light moment with his idol Cristiano Ronaldo

Most of the France players posted a picture with the G.O.A.T Cristiano Ronaldo. Mbappe, who is currently rated as the best young player shared a moment with Ronaldo before the start of the second half. Raphael Varane and many other stars shared their best moment of the match with Cristiano. However, Pogba has deleted the post and this made fans go crazy!!

Koeman’s Barca

The Koeman era has started. No one knows how long it will last, yes, but it has started relatively well. Two impressive victories were followed by a somewhat frustrating draw at home, against a well-trained Sevilla.

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Some of Barça’s recurring problems did begin to manifest themselves in that match, especially their nervousness to close a match, and their dependence on Lionel Messi to initiate attacks. However, it has been promising. While Barca failed to attract all of their transfer targets to the club in a timely manner, the team is in a decent position in terms of depth and tactics.

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FC Barcelona Coach – Ronald Koeman

Coach’s strategy

Ronald Koeman has persisted with his tiered build and 4-2-3-1 has sought to focus on more direct playing opportunities, compared to the slower build under Quique Setien. Additionally, he seems to emphasize close man-to-man pressure with an emphasis on closing the gap between individual players. The key to this press has been the double pivot, along with the two attacking central.

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Wonderkid Ansu Fati

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Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho have often functioned as central press triggers, with Sergio Busquets and Frenkie de Jong often cleaning up and doubling down the resulting receivers. This pressure is really key to Koeman’s game, which focuses on quick losses and moving attacks against the progress of the game. There is less emphasis on absolute possession, but closer positioning between players means that the line is as high as usual.

This slight shift towards frankness, and the seemingly permanent addition of Ansu Fati, has made the team seem more cohesive and less closed. This, in turn, has led to early signs of independence from the Messi-based attacking game.

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This was especially evident in the first two games, where the collective game was better and less so in the draw against Sevilla. In the Sevilla match, Barça panicked when they couldn’t score and started kicking the ball to Messi. It shows that there is still work to be done. Koeman is making progress, but there are significant shortcomings on the list, many of which are beyond the coach’s reach.

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FCB players Coutinho and Pique against Sevilla FC

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For the fans :

The important thing for the culés is to temper the expectations. This is a team in transition and is patient. Koeman himself should seek blood in young people while maintaining a healthy balance between progress and results. That would be more than ideal. Just remember, 8-2 wasn’t that long ago.

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Ronald Koeman and Lionel Messi

What happened in the transfer window!?

Francisco Trincão, Pedri, Sergino Dest, and Miralem Pjanić are all new. Coutinho also seems ready for a bigger role. It is about patience, and the culés do not usually have that.

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CSK vs SRH: With 13 matches over till now, this season of IPL made sure all the teams had faced a loss within a span of 12 matches in this season. It’s getting to so tough to predict who will sit on the top 4.

CSK vs SRH

With so much happening around this season, the Super Kings have been kept quiet in their last 2 matches. Not only by losing it, but they also looked they’ve lost it in the halfway of the match. They are still looking for a perfect playing11 in this season. With MS Dhoni hinting about the sixth bowling option for his team in the post-match presentation against DC, fans are eager to see the changes in the team.

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With Rayudu and Bravo have recovered from their injury, they have a good chance to bring back them into the 11. Especially Rayudu at the top playing Watson. Bringing Bravo into the 11 can create chaos in the overseas quota. But Bravo with his tons of experience can always be helpful for CSK with the ball as well as with the bat.

On the other hand, SRH has rejuvenated themselves by registering their first win of this against DC after starting with two losses. They have brought in Kane again and made the batting look better than before and Natarajan bowling those yorkers towards the end to Pant and Stoinis, seems like SRH has got some positive vibes before this match.

Stats and Strategies to look for:

Teams won the toss had chosen 36 out of 55 times to bowl first in Dubai since 2018, but batting first teams has a slight edge winning 29 out of 55. Even in this year of IPL, bowling 1st team has only won twice but the captains are opting to bowl first.

Looking forward to this game, the Watson-Bhuvneshwar contest will be a key one. Bhuvneshwar has dismissed Watson 3 times with just a strike rate of 94. But Shane Watson has an incredible record against SRH scoring two fifties and a century against them.

MS Dhoni needs two more sixes to cross 300 sixes in T20s.

Natarajan has bowled 16 yorkers in his three games this year and made his team win against DC with 6 of them came in that match.

Manish Pandey need 69 more runs to get pass 3000 IPL runs to become 12th Indian batsmen to do do.

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Likely playing 11 of both the teams:

Chennai Super Kings:

Shane Watson, R Gaikwad/N Jagadheesan, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(c)(wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Josh Hazlewood.

Sunrisers Hyderabad:

David Warner(c), Johnny Bairstow(wk), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan.

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Luis Suarez

Suárez entered the Atlético de Madrid vs Granada match just in the 70th minute, replacing Diego Costa. At this point, Atlético de Madrid were already heading towards a comfortable victory. The former Barcelona superstar took just two minutes to make his impact on the pitch as he set Marcos Llorente up for the fourth goal of the night.

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Luis Suarez and Marcos Llorente

Suarez drama

Then it seemed that Suárez had won a penalty for Simeone. However, the decision was reversed by the video assistant referee (VAR). However, it did not take long to reach the minutes, finishing at home. He then went on to double his score for the night in injury time after a splendid one-two with Vitolo.

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The Uruguayan celebrating with his teammates.

Records galore on debut

With his double in the Atlético de Madrid-Granada clash, Suárez accumulates sensational records in his name. Now he has become the first Atlético de Madrid player to score and assist in his debut in the 21st century. In addition, he is also the first player to score two goals in his Atlético debut since the turn of the century.

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Suárez has arrived with great enthusiasm to help us compete as we do. Hopefully, we can maintain our balance and prepare for our next game with humility. Players like him have the gift of scoring goals without effort, his movements open up so many possibilities in the attack, in addition to scoring two goals he also prepared Llorente, he has many characteristics that will help us improve.

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Transfer rumours

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Suarez’ farewell

He had a brilliant six-season stint with Barcelona that saw him emerge as the third top scorer in the club’s history. Ronald Koeman’s appointment at the Camp Nou forced him to lower the curtain on his time at the Catalan giants. After a failed move to defending Serie A champion Juventus, he finally agreed to a two-season contract with team Wanda Metropolitano.

In the last match both the teams played, they managed to score above 200 thanks to Samson for RR and Rahul for KXIP, especially Rahul with an end flourish to make a record-breaking 100 by an Indian Batsman and an Indian Captain.

RR vs KXIP:

The Royals will be seen boosted today after their previous match performance especially their opener Jos Buttler returning to their team. Some dangerous power-hitting can be seen today if they fire together.

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But Buttler playing at the middle order will give them some solidity in place of David Miller so that their top-order will remain untouched after a good performance against CSK.

With RR’s top order looking strong, Shami can be the key bowler for KXIP today with the new ball along with Cottrell. These two has been threatening in both of the matches and can be helpful to get a good start with the ball.

Kings XI has held Gayle on the bench so far. With the grounds are smaller, will he be given a chance? Seeing the conditions Pooran will be given another chance it seems. But looking at the two leggies at RR, Gayle will also be a good option. It also seems too harsh to drop Pooran after two matches.

Stats and Strategy to look for:

Samson needs two more sixes to get passed 100 sixes in IPL and Maxwell with nine more to get passed the landmark.

Jos Buttler needs 97 runs to get an astonishing 6000 T20 runs.

Jofra Archer’s best figures of 3 for 15 comes against KXIP in 2019.

KXIP’s opening pair has an average of 50.8 which is the highest by any team since 2019 in IPL.

Likely 11s of both the teams:

Rajasthan Royals:

Steven Smith (c), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler (wk), Robin Uthappa, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jodra Archer, Tom Curran, Rahul Tewatia, Jaydev Unadkat.

Kings XI Punjab:

KL Rahul (c)(wk), Mayank Agarwal, N Pooran/C Gayle, Karun Nair, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, Jimmy Neesham/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, M Ashwin.

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UEFA Super Cup 2020

Bayern Munich opened the trophy account this season on Thursday. The Bavarians had to work hard to bring the UEFA Super Cup 2020 to Munich, as Sevilla had a great performance in Budapest. The German champions finally did enough to pull off a 2-1 win in extra time to win the match against the Europa League champions.

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Sevilla’s tactical gameplay

Sevilla FC started the game strong, creating problems for Bayern’s defense. The Spanish team was finally rewarded for a good start when David Alaba brought down Ivan Rakitic in the penalty area. Lucas Ocampos went ahead to score the penalty against Manuel Neuer.

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Sevilla FC players celebrate after scoring a penalty

Bayern finally won the game and scored the tie through a neat move in the final third. Robert Lewandowski showed great awareness to head the ball off a Thomas Muller cross into Leon Goretzka’s path. The German midfielder slammed the ball over the goalkeeper to score in the second straight game.

Lewandowski had few chances to score the winning goal in regulation time, while Sevilla had a chance to clinch victory late in the game, but no one could break the deadlock before the final whistle. Javi Martínez entered the first half of extra time to score the winning goal. It was a narrow win to the Bavarians.

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Bayern’s Goretzka celebrates after their first goal.

Victory off the extra time

Javi Martinez’s goal came off the ball from a set-piece as he cleverly placed his header in the upper corner after a shot from David Alaba was parried into the danger zone by the Sevilla goalkeeper. Martinez is still expected to leave the club before the deadline, but he is ending time in the successful stint in Bavaria in the best possible way rather than leaving the club through the back door. He goes to his next club as Mr. Supercup for the Bavarians.

Bayern Coach – Flick’s improvement over the season

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FC Bayern coach Hansi Flick.

At the beginning of his term in Bayern Munich, Hansi Flick was not proactive with substitutions. He often stayed with his first-team for much longer before bringing in players at the end of the game. Like the team’s steady progress on the field, Flick has also improved on the touchline.

On Thursday, all the Flick changes had a positive impact on the game. Leroy Sane had a quiet game compared to his performance against Schalke last weekend. The German coach removed Sane in the 69th minute for Corentin Tolisso. The introduction of French allowed Bayern to have more control in midfield. Tolisso also provided a goal threat from the center of the ground.

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As the game was ready to go in overtime, Flick decided to add a lot more pace in attack by bringing in Alphonso Davies for Lucas Hernandez. In addition, the French defender received a yellow card. With fatigue about to start, there was always the risk of a second yellow card.

Flick also brought in Javi Martinez to fire him and also provide defensive stability, as Davies was expected to do loitering runs in the last third from the left side, which could make room at the rear. The Spaniard ended up scoring Bayern’s winning goal.

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Bayern coach celebrates!

The final change was Jerome Boateng for David Alaba. Given that Bayern were leading the game and Alaba had a yellow card, having fresh legs in central defense made sense. Boateng helped the team watch the game. Flick is improving with the management of the game, and the victory over Sevilla was a good example to show his improvement.

Replacement for Thiago Alcantara!?

Despite the victory, Flick will look for a solution to this problem in this season’s Champions League matches. Thiago’s best performances came in the biggest games in Europe last season. Kimmich may have to improve his passing while beating the press, as the club is unlikely to look for a midfielder in the market. It will be interesting to see how Flick overcomes this tactical challenge.

FC Bayern Munich Quadruple

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The Bavarians celebrate their Uefa Super Cup win!

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Double Treble as attacking FC Bayern clinch yet another UCL – 2020

The Bavarians went one step further by clinching yet another title – UEFA Super Cup 2020 – to increase their trophy count to 4 this season!!

KXIP defeated RCB by 97 runs, thanks to their captain who lead them from the front and scored a match-winning knock of 132 which is the highest score by an Indian batsman and by an Indian captain.

CSK vs DC:

It’s the old vs young. Let’s see who has the upper hand. Although MS wasn’t playing more than 12 months the focus was more on him than any other player. In the last match, he batted lower-down the order making others play which backfired at him. This debate went on a rage for the past few days and we will be findings answers in today’s clash.

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The bad news for CSK is Ambati Rayudu and Dwayne Bravo will not be available for today’s match but they are recovering well which is a good sign.

Good news for DC is Ashwin is seen training in the gym in his recent instagram post.

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Stats and Strategies to look for:

Rishab Pant has been a key man for DC since 2018, averaging 40 and a strike rate of above 150. But Lungi has the upper hand over pant bowling six balls dismissing him 2 times conceding only 7 runs.

Although Shane Watson hasn’t had a good start, he can be explosive in the middle overs. He has the strike rate of 185 and hits boundaries every 3.8 balls from overs 7-15 which will be key for CSK. DC’s bowlers Axar and Mishra had dismissed him 5 and 6 times respectively and those two are their trump cards against Watson.

Since 2019, Sam Curran has the strike rate of 194 which is the second best to Andre Russel, considering minimum of 100 runs.

MS Dhoni needs two more sixes to reach 300 sixes in T20s.

Rabada has taken at least 2 wickets in his last 8 matches in IPL, equalling Lasith Malinga who did in 2012. Can he do it again to cross Malinga’s record?

Likely 11s of CSK and DC:

Chennai Super Kings:

Shane Watson, Murali Vijay, Faf du Plessis, Ruturaj Gaikwad, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Piyush Chawla, Lungi Ngidi.

Delhi Capitals:

Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishab Pant, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Mohit Sharma, A Nortje.

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KL Rahul

KL Rahul, one of the most reliable and consistent hitters on the Indian national team and IPL team Kings XI Punjab as well, becomes the captain to record the highest score in an innings. The right-handed hitter entered the team as a test specialist but soon established himself as an all-format player. He may not be part of the test team now, but he is the first-choice wicketkeeper-hitter in limited-overs cricket.

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Blooming to become THE BEST

Rahul, who was India’s best hitter on the New Zealand tour, also leads Kings XI Punjab in the 2020 IPL. He is also in contention to take over as captain of India’s T20 after Virat Kohli retires; Here are some of the records he currently holds :

Only Indian to score a century in his ODI debut

18 months after his debut in the test team, KL Rahul had the opportunity to make his ODI debut in the absence of regulars Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. By opening the innings with fellow Karnataka player and KXIP teammate(now), Karun Nair, KL wrote history by becoming the first Indian batsman to score a century in his ODI debut.

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KXIP captain after his ODI century on debut.

Interestingly, KL Rahul hit a six to bring in his century, while India only needed one run to win in 46 balls. The right-handed prodigy went for the big shot and cleared the fence to create history, leading India to a victory in the series opener during the 2016 Zimbabwe tour.

Editors Pick :

Fastest Half Century in IPL

KL Rahul was expected to fetch a large amount in the 2018 IPL auction, but the number of bids he received left fans stunned – he joined Kings XI Punjab for Rs 11 Crore.

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Returning to IPL after missing IPL 2017 due to a shoulder injury, the pressure was on Rahul to get the job done and he did not disappoint as he broke the record for the fastest half-century in IPL history in his first outing for KXIP. The opener reached the 50-run mark in just 14 deliveries, reaching the milestone in the third over. But soon after lost his wicket.

Centurion in all formats for INDIA

In less than a year after Rohit Sharma became the second centurion of all Indian formats, Rahul did the same and joined the elite roster in 2016. The Indian opener scored his first Test 100 against Australia in 2015. A year later, he scored his first ODI hundred on debut against Zimbabwe followed with a T20I century against the West Indies in August 2016. Rahul, so far, has scored five tests 100s, four ODI 100s, and two T20I hundreds.

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KL Rahul after his Test century against Australia

Two records achieved today!

KL Rahul became the highest scoring Captain in IPL and also the highest score ever (in IPL) by an Indian. This feat comes after back-to-back drop catches from Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was on fine hitting form and never looked tired throughout his innings. He faced 69 deliveries and scored 132 N.O.

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KL Rahul celebrating after his IPL century today

Usually, when being promoted as the captain of a side, players feel pressure and underperform in most situations. But it is different here, considering the firepower KL has. He had established himself as a wicket-keeping batsman and is trusted by Virat Kohli in the white-ball format for all good reasons. He is the one for us in the future!!

After finishing with a comfortable win for MI against KKR, we are going to match number 6 of Dream11 IPL 2020. It’s the RCB who are going to face KXIP. Previously, RCB started off with a win, and KXIP, unfortunately, couldn’t finish the game in their hand which went to the super over where we witnessed Rabada’s brilliance.

KXIP vs RCB:

KXIP vs RCB
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With today’s match to start off in a few hours, both the teams may go unchanged as both the teams did well with some improvements to do. Considering today’s match the Karnataka’s Bangalore is going to face Punjab filled with Karnataka players in the likes of Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, K Gowtham, J Suchith and also their bowling coach Anil Kumble.

After facing their 1st match, both the teams have some things to address. KXIP must look for their death bowling to improve and Jordan may get one more chance to play. Considering RCB their lower-order batting will be questioned if their top-order plays as they a new face Philippe to play the finisher role.

Stats and Strategy to look for:

RCB’s Yuzi Chahal has made Maxwell as his bunny dismissing 5 times out of 8 matches conceding 80 runs off 52 balls.

KXIP’s Ravi Bishnoi may look young and inexperienced but he will be handy playing against Virat and AB and must well to prove his presence with his wrong-uns.

Since 2019, RCB(11.2) and KXIP(10.5) has two the three worst death-overs economy rates in the IPL. But RCB’s death batting with Virat, AB and Moeen Ali having Strike Rate of around 215 in the slog overs.

KL Rahul is yet to complete his 2000 IPL runs who may do it today in his 60th innings, making a record of fastest Indian to score 2000 runs and 3rd overall fastest in IPL next to Chris Gayle(48) and Shaun Marsh(52).

Dale Steyn needs 3 wickets to to complete his tally of 100 IPL wickets.

KXIP is Chahal’s favorite opponent in IPL as he has taken 19 wickets so far at an average of 16.0 and a Strike Rate of 12.4.

Likely 11s of two teams:

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), Ab de Villiers, Josh Philippe, Shivam Dube, W Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, N Saini, Y Chahal.

Kings XI Punjab:

KL Rahul(c)(wk), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Maxwell, Sarfaraz Khan, K Gowtham, Chris Jordan/Mujeeb ur Rahman, M Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Sheldon Cottrell.

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