Royal Challengers Bangalore are trying hard to bounce back and keep their hopes alive for playoffs. They need to face Kings XI Punjab for their 11th game in the league stage of IPL 2019. They won just three games off 10 games they played and need to win all the four games to reach playoffs. Earlier KXIP won four of six games in the first half of the tournament but slipped to the sixth position after losing two consecutive games.
The Punjab team will play the last fixture this week and all the teams will attain their positions in the points table by next week. Here is the last chance for them to compete and bounce back to reach the top 4 in the points table.
They will play against SRH on 29th April, KKR on 3rd May, and Chennai Super Kings on 5th May after this fixture.
Coming to the hosts, RCB is highly dependent on Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Parthiv Patel, and Moeen Ali. Their bowling attack seems fragile but they need to bounce back to stay alive in the tournament. Umesh Yadav faced many trolls by conceding 24 runs in the last over against CSK and this might impact his playing in the game against KXIP. Coming to the bowlers, Yuzwendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Dale Steyn are the crucial players for their respective sides.
Chris Gayle is the player to watch out from Punjab side since he smashed many records at Chinnaswamy stadium. KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are the other players to watch out for in this fixture. Coming to head to head fixtures, RCB won 11 games and KXIP won 12 of 23 games.
Other talking points of this game are, Virat Kohli faced Ravichandran Ashwin many times but Ashwin could not dismiss him even once in the history of IPL. The fight between Chris Gayle and Dale Steyn is worth watching.
Chris Gayle slammed 421 runs from nine games and his best performance for RCB was 702 runs in 2013.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Parthiv Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Virat Kohli(captain), Ab De Villiers, Yuzwendra Chahal, Dale Steyn, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, and Navdeep Saini.
Kings XI Punjab
Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, K L Rahul, Nicholas Pooran, Ravichandran Ashwin(captain), Mandeep Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, David Miller, Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, and Hardus Viljoen