Royal Challengers are set to face Rising Pune Supergiant in Pune on Saturday as the men from the south look to turn tables going into the final weeks of the tournament.
Royal Challengers will need to win all the remaining five games to progress to knockout rounds without the influence of other results. However, it is looking tough for them as the team has hardly turned up so far this season.
They lost badly against Kolkata Knight Riders and have followed it up with another devastating loss against Gujarat Lions on Thursday as the Lions won the game comfortably with 37 balls to spare. Virat Kohli and his men will need to play their best team when they face Pune as the hosts are one of the most in-form teams in the ongoing season.
The two teams have met thrice before their Saturday clash and RCB are leading the head to head record by 2-1. However, RCB won both their games last season while RPS got the better off RCB earlier this season as they won the game by 27 runs at Chinnaswamy Stadium.
RPS: L W W W L
RCB: L W L N L
The major concern for RCB every season was their bowling. But they are facing a major crisis in their batting as well this season as the big three Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are yet to hit their prime form.
Kedar Jadhav has looked impressive at times but his heroics were not enough to help the team over the line. The main onus will be on their batsmen going to RPS clash as the bowlers would need something to bowl at considering they have one of the weakest bowling lineups in the league.
Royal Challengers Bangalore would be looking to field their 11 in-form players for the game against Rising Pune Supergiant as it is a literal knockout game for them. Virat Kohli could be making some bold changes to his team on Saturday.
Chris Gayle could face the axe as he failed to click so far this season except in the game against Gujarat Lions. Stuart Binny and Tymal Mills are expected to return to the team as Aniket Choudary could sit out again after a below par performance against Gujarat Lions on Thursday.
RCB XI: Virat Kohli, Travis Head, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Samuel Badree, Tymal Mills, Aravind S, Pawan Negi, Stuart Binny