The Royal Challengers Bangalore await their maiden win of the season as they have lost all the six matches in this 2019 edition of the IPL.
KXIP are flying high with 8 points from 6 matches in IPL Point table, RCB are languishing at the bottom of the IPL Point table with no wins in same number matches. It is a crucial clash for both the teams in their ambition to win their maiden IPL trophy.
Mohali has produced one of the best wickets in the tournament to bat on and long boundaries have ensured the bowlers have enough ammunition to test the batsmen. Kings have also converted it into a fortress and yet to taste their first defeat at PCA stadium.
Bangalore have been ragged in all three departments. They allowed Sunrisers Hyderabad to post a mammoth 232 with centuries from Jonny Bairstow and David Warner before they were skittled out for 113. Against Kolkata Knight Riders, despite AB de Villiers and Kohli scoring 63 and 84 respectively, the bowlers failed to defend 205 with KKR riding on Andre Russell’s explosive knock.
RCB’s debacle in this season is a mixture of the batting failures and the inconsistency of their bowling.
If they lose the match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), that would be the most consecutive defeats for a team at the start of an IPL season.
Gasping for breath after six losses on the bounce, Royal Challengers Bangalore are in need for some sort of inspiration as they look to snap their winless streak.
That inspiration might come from South Africa with the franchise confirming that Dale Steyn has been drafted into the side in place of the injured Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Parthiv Patel is the most experienced keeper in the RCB squad. Even though he hasn’t been at his best in this season, RCB has got no option but to persist with him.
The left-hander has got to change his approach and anchor the innings in what is otherwise an aggressive line-up.
The 35-year-old paceman will not be available for Bangalore’s next game against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali on Saturday (April 13) but having such a huge presence in the dressing room itself is bound to get the franchises’ hopes up.
The Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, has been involved in a variety of matches. They triggered a collapse out of nowhere against Delhi Capitals but failed to defend 133 from last ten overs against Mumbai Indians. With four wins from seven games, they are placed at 4th in the points table.
Kings XI Punjab are having a great season due to the brilliance of their opening batsmen KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. Even the bowlers have stepped up as Mohammed Shami and Sam Curran have played an important part in the team’s success. The only area of concern would be the middle-order which is still to be tested in pressure
Today ipl match team players name
Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (w), Chris Gayle/Andrew Tye, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Sam Curran, Hardus Viljoen, Mohammed Shami, Ankit Rajpoot
Bangalore: Parthiv Patel (w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj/Umesh Yada