IPL 2017 KXIP vs RCB Match Prediction
Following a relatively comfortable victory over Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) on Saturday, the rejuvenated Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (Pune) at the Holkar Stadium at Indore on Monday. This will be the eighth fixture of this edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) and the second one for Punjab at their adopted home.
Punjab will go into this game with confidence on their side. Thanks to the Glenn Maxwell and David Miller show, they chased down a target of 163 with one over to spare against Pune in their inaugural game of this IPL 10. Their bowlers to did really well for the most part of the Pune innings. There was an all-round show from the like of Sandeep Sharma, Axar Patel, T Natarajan, Marcus Stoinis and Swapnil Singh.
RCB, on the other hand, had are coming off a close encounter against Delhi Daredevils. Though they ended up winning the match, but one might feel it was a backdoor entry for the Shane Watson-led team. Apart from Kedar Jadhav, none of their batsmen had a decent outing on Saturday night. On a decent batting track in Bengaluru, the hosts only managed to put 157 on the board. Later thanks to some good death bowling and some poor shot selection by the Delhi batsmen, RCB managed to get two points out of that game. After losing the first match of the season against Sunrisers Hyderabad, this was a crucial victory for RCB to drag their campaign back on track, that too without their star players like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.
Kings XI Punjab Analysis:
Kings XI Punjab strengths: Under the new leadership of Maxwell, KXIP are looking like a different unit altogether. They have a balanced unit and it is their strength. With the likes of Maxwell, Miller, Hashim Amla, Marcus Stoinis around, their middle order looks to have the required batting firepower. Someone like Eoin Morgan had to sit out in their first game, this shows the firepower of the KXIP batting order.
There is variety in their bowling as well. The likes of Axar, Swapnil create a good spin combination. In the pace department, they have Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Darren Sammy, Anureet Singh, Varun Aaron and the impressive seamer from Tamil Nadu, T Natarajan. They have also added Ishant Sharma to their line-up as a replacement for Murali Vijay, who has been ruled out of IPL 10 due to a shoulder injury.
Besides these, they have Virender Sehwag, who is the mentor of this team. His presence in the dugout and guidance are the real assets for the KXIP boys.
Kings XI Punjab weaknesses: Going into the event the top order batting seemed like a weakness for KXIP, but Manan Vohra and Hashim Amla did fairly well in the first game. AT number three, Wriddhiman Saha is also a decent enough batsman. Thus, currently, this issue seems to be sorted for this team.
However, lack of experience in bowling is one weakness which can hurt KXIP, like it did in the last game when the likes Ben Stokes and Manoj Tiwary go some quick runs towards the end overs. Against RCB, this inexperienced bowling line-up might struggle once again.
Kings XI Punjab Likely XI:
- Manan Vohra,
- Hashim Amla ✈️,
- Wriddhiman Saha (WK),
- Glenn Maxwell (C) ✈️,
- David Miller ✈️,
- Axar Patel,
- Marcus Stoinis ✈️,
- KC Cariappa,
- Sandeep Sharma,
- Ishant Sharma,
- T Natarajan.
Royal Challengers Bangalore Analysis:
Royal Challengers Bangalore strengths: Batting has always been RCB’s main strength. Even without the presence of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers RCB have enough batting firepower. The likes of Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, Kedar Jadhav are capable enough to do the job.
Royal Challengers Bangalore weaknesses: The RCB team is missing their big stars and it this their major weakness. The bat of the big hitting Chris Gayle was also silent in the first two games of the season. RCB quickly need to get their mojo back.
Pitch and weather conditions: The wicket at the Holkar stadium is regarded for its high scoring nature but in the first game, the odd ball was stopping. However, on Monday, it will be a night game, and under lights, the wicket becomes better for batting. Toss one against will be vital once again, as both skippers will look to chase here.
RCB Likely XIs:
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
- Chris Gayle ✈️,
- Mandeep Singh,
- Shane Watson (C) ✈️,
- Kedar Jadhav,
- Vishnu Vinod (WK),
- Stuart Binny,
- Pawan Negi,
- Sreenath Aravind,
- Yuzvendra Chahal,
- Tymal Mills ✈️,
- Billy Stanlake ✈️.
Match Prediction: Kings XI Punjab will take confidence from the fact that they have already played a match at Indore and managed to win in convincingly. Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, will be playing their first match here and so it may take a while for them to get used to the conditions. A lot will depend on the toss. But still, because of a settle and confidence side King XI Punjab will have their noses ahead going into this game.
Not to mention that Chris Gayle still not had made his mark in this IPL 10. You can be sure that If he find rythm, It’s going to be the difficult job for KXIP bowlers to stop. If RCB make 180+ runs in first innings, they might have Winning chance in Indore. This is Clearly a TOSS game. Chasing team had it’s advantage. RCB spinners are impressive only in Bangalore.
On the other hand Maxwell-Miller can give hard time to RCB bowlers. We are 60% sure of KXIP going to Win this Game.
Probable Winner of KXIP vs RCB: King’s XI Punjab.
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