AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli were not seen well with the bat in earlier matches of RCB. But the failures have propelled both the batting legend to score high to set a big total for the opponents. After having back to back wins two times, Royal Challengers Bangalore are in electrifying form.
In the 42nd match of VIVO IPL 2019, Royal Challengers Bangalore are going to host the unstable Kings XI Punjab at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. This is going to be a fascinating match as both teams need a win to stay in the race of playoffs. KXIP has few Karnataka and ex-RCB players, who are very much familiar with Bangalore pitch. Chris Gayle is going to land on Bangalore, where he has scored tons of runs in last seven years for RCB.
RCB has gained the momentum late in this season and has registered two back to back victories against KKR and CSK. Virat, AB, and Moeen Ali are three legends who have posted big totals for the opponents to get a par. RCB has successfully survived the last over an assault by MS Dhoni and got the win by one run. The same way they have also survived the assault of Andre Russell at Eden Garden and have made KKR lose by ten runs.
On the other hand, KXIP has been slipped to the fifth spot on the point table after got defeated by Delhi Capitals. The KXIP side is very unstable as they are going on a see-saw path in this season. They suffered five wickets loss against DC. The side is looking for some changes in playing 11 to win over RCB. KXIP needs back to back win from at this moment to seal a spot in playoffs. One loss for RCB will throw them out of VIVO IPL 2019 playoffs.
If RCB can beat KXIP tonight, they will promote to the 7th position on the point table and will stay behind KKR with the same points. The difference in NRR will make RCB to stay in the 7th spot. If KXIP wins tonight, then they will be promoted to the 4th position on the point table, but a loss may cost them deeply on the race for the playoffs.
The rivalry between RCB vs KXIP
The two sides have played 23 matches so far in IPL. KXIP has a slight edge by wining 12 matches over RCB. RCB has won only 11 matches. At M. Chinnaswamy stadium they have encounter ten times, and they are in levels with 5-5 stats.
RCB Team News
Despite Dale Steyn’s arrival, RCB’s weak bowling attack has not improved. Their bowling had got exposed when MS Dhoni had thrashed the last over of Umesh Yadav to chase 162 runs. Luckily, they could run-out Shardul Thakur to get the win by one run. RCB will go unchanged against KXIP tonight. Virat, AB, Parthiv, and Moeen Ali have to step up and set a very big total for RCB. Dale Steyn and Chahal will lead the bowling attack.
KXIP Team News
Chris Gayle is very much acquainted in Bangalore. K L Rahul is in top-notch form. Gayle, Rahul, and Miller should attack the weak bowling line up of RCB. R Ashwin and Mohammad Shami will lead their bowling attack. Sam Curran should step up with both ball and bat. KXIP is looking for some changes in their playing 11 against RCB.
Dream 11 Prediction
Here I have discussed the probable 11 players of both teams. You can choose your Dream 11 team for small leagues and grand leagues between them.
Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, AB de Villiers, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
R Ashwin, Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Mayank Agrawal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Arshdeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran
VIVO IPL 2019 RCB vs KXIP
Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium
Time: 8:00 PM IST
Broadcasting Partner: Star Sports
Live Streaming: Hotstar