Kings XI Punjab V Royal Challengers Bangalore: Match Preview
The Indian Premier League so far has been an exhibition of fierce brand of cricket from all the sides, with experience paying off and youngsters proving to be energetic and successful. The closer we are to the end of the tournament, the crispier the tournament will be. Each and every match now will be decisive for the six teams, as Sunrisers Hyderabad has qualified and Delhi Daredevils become the first to be eliminated. The RCB vs KXIP match too will influence the points table, and hence both the teams would like to regain their form.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore need to gain momentum, after their win against Delhi Daredevils, courtesy to the best IPL batting duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. However, KXIP seems to be overreliant on KL Rahul, the man in form. Kings XI would want to recover from continuous losses later in the tournament, whereas Royal Challengers has to win this to generate some probabilities to enter in the playoffs.
○Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Having won their last game, RCB would not prefer any changes and should look to show confidence in the unchanged XI.
•Probable XI: Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
○Kings XI Punjab:
Though they lost the match, their batting doesn’t seem to be the ultimate worry as they still managed to get 200 on the boards. KXIP just need to work as a unit to get the desired result. In the latter half of the tournament, they too wouldn’t fancy changing the team combinations.
Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Barindar Sran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
●Head to Head :
○Total Matches Played: 21
○RCB Won: 9
○KXIP Won: 12
Match: KXIP vs RCB, 48th Match, Indian Premier League, 2018
Date: Monday, May 14, 2018
Time: 02:30 PM GMT
Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Official Broadcaster: Star Sports Network
●Writer’s Take :
Small ground and extra-ordinarily destructive batsmen in both the sides. The match is surely going to be a high-scoring cracker of a match. RCB desperately need a win and Virat and co. would love to continue their momentum. Whatever be the result, whoever be the winner, the match ensures a complete-package T20 match.