Today’s match between will see Royal Challengers Bangalore face off with Kings XI Punjab in an important clash at the Chinaswamy Stadium, Bangalore from 8.00 PM. Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their previous game while chasing 149 whereas Punjab lost to Mumbai while chasing 173. Kings XI Punjab need to win the match to keep their hopes alive in the tournament while Bangalore would like to put pressure on Kings XI Punjab and play with aggressive intent. The batting of Punjab has been their main problem and they need to raise their game to have any chance to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore team.
Previous Year Clashes:
The first time they met was on the 28th April in Dubai. It was low scoring match. Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field. The Royal Challengers openers got off to flying start scoring 21 in first 8 balls before losing 4 wickets in quick succession. The top scorer for Royal Challengers was Yuvraj Singh with 35. Royal Challengers Bangalore scored 124 for 7 in 20 over’s. While chasing Kings XI Punjab lost 3 early wickets at the score of 40. After that Miller and Sehwag put 45 runs fourth wicket stand. At one stage they were 88 for 5 but Rishi Dhawan and Geroge Bailey ensured that Kings XI Punjab won the match by 5 wickets with 7 balls to spare.
After 11 days, they met again but this time in Bangalore. It was a high scoring match. Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and elected to field. Kings XI Punjab openers got off to flying start scoring 60 runs in 5.5 over’s to give the platform for the middle order. All the batsmen contributed but Miller was the top scorer with 66 off 29 balls. Kings XI Punjab scored a massive 198 for 8 in 20 over’s. While chasing this huge total, Royal Challengers Bangalore innings never got going as they lost 5 wickets for 50 runs. The only positive for Royal Challengers Bangalore was AB de Villiers who scored 53 in 26 balls and was the top scorer. Royal Challengers ended their innings on 166 for 9 and lost the match by 32 runs.
He scored some runs in the previous match against Chennai Super kings. He made a well knit 48 runs and was taking the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a victory but got out at wrong time and that changed the course of the match. Today, against Kings XI Punjab, he must play the full overs and ensure that Royal Challengers win the match and get 2 important points.
Mitchell Starc was again the best performer for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the previous match against Chennai Super Kings. He bowled a superb first over taking the wicket of Smith and then at the death overs, he bowled some excellent Yorkers which did not allow the batsmen to hit big strokes. Against Kings XI Punjab too, he must provide his team early wickets to put the batting under pressure.
David Miller is the pillar of the middle order of Kings XI Punjab. He has played good innings in the previous 2 matches but needs support from the other end. Against Royal Challengers Bangalore, it is important that he plays to his potential and helps Kings XI Punjab win this all important match.
Mitchell Johnson has looked out of sorts in the tournament and also has gone for runs. He needs to deliver for captain and needs to create pressure on the top quality batting order of Royal Challengers. If he does not takes wickets then Kings XI Punjab are in deep trouble. In the previous match against Mumbai, he went for runs in first 2 overs.
Probable Playing XI:
Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Dinesh Karthik, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, David Wiese, Mitchell Starc, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Iqbal Abdullah
Virender Sehwag, Murali Vijay, Glenn Maxwell, George Bailey, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Axar Patel, Mitchell Johnson, Sandeep Sharma, Anureet Singh, Shivam Sharma