KXIP vs RCB: RCB’s performance has been dismal in all departments of the game. From getting bowled out for meagre scores, to the bowlers giving away runs in plenty, to dropping match-winning catches, RCB has been its worst ever. The team has attracted six consecutive losses and are winless in this season of the IPL. RCB has equalled the record for most number of consecutive losses in IPL, and another one would put them on the top of this list. Hence, for RCB, the match against KXIP is more than just a game, it is their opportunity to redeem themselves and also, stay alive in this tournament.
RCB will take on the Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. The hosts are coming into this game after an unforgettable match against Mumbai Indians. KXIP put a hefty total of 197 runs; however, they failed to defend the target, courtesy – a smashing inning from Kieron Pollard.
Among both the teams, KXIP definitely looks stronger and more confident. Add to that the fact that KXIP have not lost a single game this year in their home ground. This will give the team that extra boost needed.
RCB, on the other hand, need every department to work in tandem. The team will need to stop relying solely on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, although a lot will depend on the duo, who are yet to put up significant performances.
PITCH & CONDITIONS
The Mohali pitch transitioned from being a batsmen’s paradise in the first match to a rather slow pitch in the last game. This can be attributed to the assistance the spinners are getting from the pitch. Chasing is certainly the thing to do on winning the toss. The city is flaunting high temperatures, with the temperature expected to cross the 40-Degree mark on the day of the match. The evening though, when the match is scheduled to be played, the temperature is expected to be a lot cooler.
Matches played at the venue: 52
Games won batting 1st: 23
Games won batting 2nd: 29
Going by the stats, the game between KXIP and RCB looks like a game of equals. KXIP have faced RCB 22 times so far and won 12 games, while RCB won 10 games out of the total tally. The difference of wins further reduces and reaches zero when looking at the stats at Mohali ground. The two teams have faced each other 6 times, and both teams recorded 3 wins each.
TEAM NEWS & EXPECTED PLAYING XI
Kings XI Punjab
Despite the dew factor, Mohali pitch has been kind to the spinners. There has been assistance for the spinners at the Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium. Owing to this, the Punjab team may look at roping in both Murugan Ashwin and Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the places of Hardus Viljoen and Ankit Rajpoot. The team will also see Chris Gayle out of action, owing to his twisted back. This may prompt Sam Curran to open the inning.
Probable XI: KL Rahul (WK), Sam Curran, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Moises Henriques, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Given RCB’s performance so far in the tournament, they might want to replace a majority of players. Colin de Grandhomme might be brought back into the side in exchange of Tim Southee, who hasn’t been successful in the season yet. With the inclusion of Colin, the team will flaunt a stronger batting and bowling side. Umesh Yadav might also be brought back into the side.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
PLAYERS TO WATCH OUT FOR
KL Rahul (Kings XI Punjab)
Marcus Stoinis (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
TV: Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD
Live Streaming: Hotstar
Match Timings: 20:00 IST
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AB De Villiers has been dismissed by a leg spinner on 7 occasions since IPL 2017. He’s scored 158 runs off 121 in the process.
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