In the 28th game of Indian Premier League, bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore will face fifth-placed Kings XI Punjab tonight. Will KL Rahul and Chris Gayle bombard runs against their former team?
The chances of that happening are quite good as both Gayle and Rahul are in phenomenal form. Also, the last time when these two faced RCB. They did give the Bangalore bowlers hard time on the pitch. Both these players had a century opening stand against Mumbai Indians in the last fixture.
RCB haven’t won a single game out of their six fixtures till now in this ongoing IPL season. While KXIP have won four games out of their seven matches so far.
These stats clearly tell us the difference between the two sides’ form. RCB haven’t performed according to their potential while KXIP have shocked everybody by giving amazing performances. The captain of the two sides have played a major role in these stats. Ravichandran Ashwin has used his bowlers and batsman in the right manner, which Virat Kohli has failed to do in this season.
The two sides have played 22 matches against each other. Here, Punjab has got better of their rivals by winning 12 of those encounters. While rest of the 10 fixtures were won by Bangalore. Moreover, the stats of Mohali are bit different as both the sides have won three games each.
In the last game, Bangalore faced a thumping seven wickets defeat against Delhi Capitals. While Punjab lost on the last ball after putting up a target of 198 runs against Mumbai Indians.
Predicted line-up KXIP: KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Hardus Viljoen, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami
Predicted line-up RCB: Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav
KL Rahul vs Yuzvendra Chahal
One of the major reasons, why Punjab have batted so well in this IPL is KL Rahul. The Indian keeper-batsman is in sensational form and he has already scored three half-centuries and one century in the current season.
Rahul knows how to build the innings and then smash good shots at the end. Also, this is a perfect approach from a player when Gayle is present on the other side of the pitch. We all know what the West Indian is capable of doing in the fast format cricket.
Yuzvendra Chahal, on the other hand, is the third highest wicket-taker in the current IPL season. The Indian spinner has picked nine wickets in his six appearances for RCB. The Bangalore bowler is in good form and he is capable of taking big wickets and providing a breakthrough.
The RCB bowler’s job is going to pick wicket of one of the openers of KXIP. This will stop the opposition from putting up a big score or chasing down a total. Chahal is going to be the key for Bangalore as all the other RCB bowlers have failed to perform this season.
Ravichandran Ashwin vs Virat Kohli
We are eagerly waiting for this battle as the Indian captain will go against his bowler. It’s been a good season for Ravichandran Ashwin as both bowler and captain. The KXIP captain has picked eight wickets in his seven appearances so far.
Ashwin is going to be a big threat to RCB as he is quite a smart bowler. He knows when the batsman wants to go against him, and he uses it in a perfect manner most of the times. Also, the KXIP bowler knows the game of Virat Kohli and he will surely use the tactics to get the wicket of Indian captain.
Kohli, on the other hand, hasn’t been at his best so far. The Indian captain is the highest run-scorer in the history of IPL. He also holds the record of the second-most number of centuries (4) in the Indian T20 League.
The Indian captain has scored 203 runs with a strike rate of 126.08 in his six appearances in the ongoing season. Only one half-century has come from the bat of Kohli so far.
The RCB captain has to raise the bar of his performance because his side needs to win each and every game to qualify for the playoffs. It is quite important for them that their captain start getting some high scores as he is the only player the team can rely on for the big total or chase.
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KXIP has performed better in each and every area in comparison to RCB. The bowling of Bangalore has been sloppy and looking at the batting line-up of Punjab. It seems that the home side will get a big score tonight.
If Bangalore wants to win this fixture, then they have to be perfect in all the areas. They can’t be sloppy in any area as the season hasn’t been good for them.
Cricwizz believes that the team that will bat first is going to lose this game. So, if RCB bowls first then they might clinch their first victory, or the game will end in the favor of Punjab.
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