|Match Date:||13th April, Monday|
|Match Timing:||8:00 PM|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||24,000|
|Match Venue:||PCA Stadium, Mohali|
The Match 28 of the VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see Kings XI Punjab welcome Royal Challengers Bangalore at Mohali. With four wins from seven matches, KXIP remains strong in the race for playoffs.
After having lost against Mumbai Indians off the last ball, they will look to get things straight against RCB. For Bangalore, the season may well be over before reaching even the halfway mark, having lost all the 6 opening matches. They will mostly be playing for pride on Saturday.
Here is the detailed analysis of the Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL match:
|Key Players in form||KXIP- KL Rahul, Chris Gayle|
RCB- Virat Kohli
|Weather Conditions||28℃, 45% Humidity, Winds up to 10 km/hr. No signs of rain.|
|Toss Advantage||Team chasing has won only 4 of the last 15 matches played at Mohali.|
|Pitch Conditions||Flat, High-scoring.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 182|
Highest Total (2018): 197/7 (KXIP)
Last Match: SRH 150/4 | KXIP 151/4
|Ground Size: Eden Gardens||Side Boundaries: 75 m, Straight Boundary: 79 m|
|KXIP– Mayank Agarwal missed the match against Mumbai Indians owing to an injury with Karun Nair replacing him.|
RCB– No major injury.
|Home Advantage||Kings XI Punjab|
|Head-to-Head||KXIP 12 – 10 RCB (0 Draw)|
|Form||KXIP – W W L W L|
RCB– L L L L L
Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin, Andrew Tye.
Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini.
|Impact Players||KL Rahul, Chris Gayle|
KXIP vs RCB Preview
Kings XI Punjab started the season with a bang, winning three of their opening four matches. However, their performance against teams like CSK and recently against MI demonstrated that they lacked the edge to beat IPL big three this season (KKR being the third team).
They didn’t do much wrong against Mumbai Indians at Wankhede. In fact, for the better part of the second innings, they were favoured over the hosts to pocket the contest.
A couple of poor overs towards the end ill-conceived field placing for last couple of deliveries cost Punjab dear. But great match!
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 10, 2019
However, they fell one bowler short of winning the contest. A leaky bowler like Ankit Rajpoot (who conceded a massive 52 runs in that match) was simply was suited to execute the tense death over. With 14 needed off the last 6 balls, he gave away 7 runs in the first ball (a no ball). As if that wasn’t enough, Rajpoot conceded a boundary in the very next delivery.
Although he must be credited for dismissing the dangerous Kieron Pollard, it was too late by that time, the damage had already been done. Although it will be easy against RCB, they will have to better get their bowling straight before bigger contests arrive.
As for RCB, it is nothing but the end for the 2019 season. They have continuously fallen short in all departments. The franchise’s tactics in the transfer window (releasing Sarfaraz Khan, trading Mandeep Singh) as well as in the IPL auction (bringing in Shimron Hetmyer and Shivam Dube for a combined ₹ 9.2 crores) have clearly failed.
Instead of crying over spilt milk, the Challengers can simply start preparing for the next season. They have invested heavily in the youngsters like Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh and Prayas Ray Barman and this is the best time to give them exposure.
No surprises here. KXIP have the squad balance, home advantage, and the all-important reason to win this contest.
Going by the last three matches played at the Mohali Stadium, the contest is expected to have a moderate score with plenty of wickets. It thus makes sense to choose up to 4 batsmen along with 4 bowlers. It is recommended to choose pacers over spinners.
KXIP vs RCB Dream11 Prediction Team 1
KL Rahul (Wk), Chris Gayle, Sarfaraz Khan, Virat Kohli, Sam Curran, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Shami, Hardus Viljoen, Andrew Tye, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini
KXIP vs RCB Dream11 Prediction Team 2
Parthiv Patel, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, Marcus Stoinis, Mohammed Shami, Hardus Viljoen, Yuzvendra Chahal.