PRE-MATCH ANALYSIS:Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (PNJ VS BLR)
Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
14 May 2018. Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore (8pm)
Holkar Stadium, Indore
Batting & Bowling track, Good track for pacers & spinners.
After a thumping start to their season, Punjab find themselves in unfamiliar territory having posted just 1 win in their last 5 games. Needing just 3 wins from their last 8 matches earlier, KXIP have now made it tough for themselves and require maximum points in 2 out of their last 3.
Bangalore, on the other hand, have 8 points in their bag and are coming into the game on the back of a much-needed win against Delhi Daredevils. Though RCB’s bowlers have struggled, their batsmen returned to form in the last match, particularly Kohli and de Villiers. They need to win all their remaining games and hope other results go their way to qualify for the playoffs.
The last time the two sides met, an Umesh Yadav-inspired Royal Challengers Bangalore posted a 4-wicket win. With both teams needing a win, it is set to be an intriguing encounter and the flat track at Indore is sure to make it a high-scoring one too.
Head To Head:
Total matches – 21
Kings XI Punjab – 12 wins (57%)
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 9 wins (43%)
Kings XI Punjab Squad
Yuvraj Singh, Chris Gayle, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Aaron Finch, Mayank Agarwal, Mohit Sharma, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Barinder Sran, Andrew Tye, Mujeeb Ur Rahman ,Manoj Tiwary, David Miller, Akshdeep Nath, Axar Patel, Ankit Rajpoot, Marcus Stoinis, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar
Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad
Parthiv Patel (wk), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Tim Southee, Virat Kohli (c), Umesh Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, Aniruddha Joshi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Aniket Choudhary, Pawan Negi, Manan Vohra, Quinton de Kock (wk), Murugan Ashwin, Corey Anderson, Sarfaraz Khan, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya