RCB vs KXIP: Here we are in the final phase. Where either teams are fighting for the top 4. Or teams are waiting to play spoilsport. It’s Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Kings XI Punjab.
Need not mention explicitly, which team is fighting for what spot. While RCB is on a high with two back to back wins against KKR and CSK in a very high scoring thriller, Punjab would play three away games of which they lost one against Delhi Capitals.
Punjab would be very familiar with the conditions. Gayle played most of his IPL career here. Stylish Karnataka duo – KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have groomed themselves into matured batsmen within these very boundaries
KL Rahul- Mayank return to Chinnaswamy. So does, Gayle.
Punjab would not like to leave things late, as they face Sunrisers, Kolkata and Chennai after tomorrow’s game against RCB. They would like to make the most of the considerably weakest of fixtures.
Further, RCB are no heavyweight at home. While they have tremendous home support, Chinnaswamy wickets is fairly a sporting wicket which largely favours the batsmen of both the sides.
RCB STILL IN THE HUNT?
Though RCB have had the last laugh in the last two games – both the games were pretty much slipping out of hand, thanks to their very ordinary death bowling. The bowling now has some spine with veteran Dale Steyn contributing, but RCB is one side which heavily reliant on the duo of Virat and ABD.
RCB fans are hopeful of making it to the Play-offs. Indeed optimistic. Mathematically, they do have a chance. But does IPL merely run of mathematical probabilities and not the form? RCB have a tough run of fixtures as they next face Delhi Capitals, Royals and Sunrisers with last two games at home after the Kings XI Punjab game. With a maximum of 7 wins that they can possibly get coupled with fairly a bad net run rate figure– thanks to the hammering by various teams, have to say that optimism is an understatement.
However, how beautiful would it be for the loyal RCB fans to see off a miracle being pulled off by Kohli and Co. Is it possible? It’s IPL after all, and we have seen such miracles happen in the past.
When: 24th April 2019, Wednesday
Where: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Kick-Off Time: 8:00 PM IST
High scoring for sure. With the kind of batting prowess, both teams possess coupled with very short boundaries- we can expect a high scoring thriller.
With dew coming into the picture, teams should prefer to chase on this wicket.
TEAM NEWS(Predicted XI)
Royal Challengers Bengaluru
Virat Kohli(c), Parthiv Patel(wk), AB De Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kings XI Punjab
Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, R Ashwin(c), Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Hardus Viljoen, M Ashwin
Matches Played b/w each other: 23
RCB Win: 11
Kings Xi Punjab Win: 12
Both teams share 5 wins each at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium
- Gayle’storm in Bengaluru
With over 1500 IPL runs at a single ground and with a highest record score of 175, Bengaluru can expect some Gayle’storn tomorrow.
Just that, the Bangaloreans won’t be cheering for him this time around.
With 421 runs from 9 games, Gayle is having a magnificent IPL so far.
- King Kohli to get better
Kohli is back to form with the brilliant 100 against KKR. However, does not have an inspiring record against Kings Xi Punjab.
Has managed to score 619 runs in 22 innings at an average of just over 30 with 2 50s and 1 hundred.
- Umesh Yadav against KxiP
With over 26 wickets against Kings XI Punjab alone with a very healthy economy of 7.3, Umesh would be fired up to pick more against his favourite team.
FANFIGHT FANTASY CRICKET TEAMS FOR RCB vs KXIP
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Match Timings – 20:00 IST
The prediction is for the Kings XI Punjab to win the match.
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