Probable Playing XI:
Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Dinesh Karthik, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, David Wiese, Mitchell Starc, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, S Arvind
Manan Vohra, Murali Vijay, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Axar Patel, B Hendricks, Sandeep Sharma, Anureet Singh, Shivam Sharma
The 13th of May will see a resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore face off against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali from 8.00 PM onwards. The batting of Royal Challengers have looked in fine form and have posted 200 above scores in the past 2 matches against a team which is struggling for form. Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to continue winning whereas Kings XI Punjab will be looking to end the losing streak. When these two sides met in this year’s IPL Bangalore trashed Punjab by 138 runs.
These two sides met in this year’s IPL on May 6 at Bangalore. Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field. Royal Challengers got off to great a start with Kohli and Gayle putting 119 runs stand for the first wicket in 11.2 overs. Kohli scored 32. After losing the first wicket De Villers scored a quick fire 47. Gayle was at his best and scored a brilliant 117 off 57 to help Royal Challengers Bangalore post a massive 226 for 3. While chasing this massive score Kings XI Punjab innings never got off to great start losing wickets at regular intervals. The top scorer for Kings XI Punjab was Axar Patel with 40 not out. Royal Challengers Bangalore won the match by 138 runs.
AB DE Villers
AB DE Villers played one of finest knocks in IPL 8. He came at the fall of Gayle wicket at the score of 20. After that De villers took some time and played some excellent shots all over the park. He just made the batting look very easy and just took the game away from Kings XI Punjab. He scored 133 off 59 balls and put a brilliant 215 stand with Virat Kohli. Against Kings XI Punjab he needs to repeat the same form if Royal Challengers has to win the match.
In the previous match against Mumbai Indians he went for 41 runs in 4 overs for the first time in IPL 8. Despite for going for so many runs RCB won the match by 39 runs. Against Kings XI Punjab he needs to take early wickets to put pressure on Kings XI Punjab batting.
David Miller was at his best against Sunrisers Hyderabad. When wickets were falling at other end he ensured that Kings XI Punjab were in the hunt. He smashed 89 runs and almost took the match away from Sunrisers who took 22 runs off the last over. Against Royal Challenger Bangalore he needs to rise to the occasion and play a good knock to get a consolation win.
Despite not picking wickets against Sunrisers he bowled 4 overs and gave away only 33 runs which is good for a fast bowler. His biggest strength has been with new ball. In the match against RCB he needs to pick wickets at the start and not to give away runs against a powerful batting line up.