|Match Date:||24th April, Wednesday|
|Match Timing:||8:00 PM|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||38,000|
|Match Venue:||M Chinnaswamy Stadium|
The Match 41 of VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see Royal Challengers Bangalore welcome Kings XI Punjab at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. After losing 7 of their opening 8 games, RCB is making a serious comeback in the league. They have defeated two big opponents in KKR and CSK.
Things are not as cheerful for KXIP. Having been in the thick of the race for the Playoffs, a string of defeats has seen the Kings plummet to the fifth spot from second. Thus winning this fixture will be crucial for them.
Here is the detailed analysis of the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab IPL match:
|Key Players in form||RCB– Parthiv Patel, Dale Steyn
KXIP– Chris Gayle, Ravichandran Ashwin
|Weather Conditions||28℃, 33% Humidity, Winds up to 14 km/hr. Mostly clear weather.|
|Toss Advantage||Team batting second has won in four of the seven times last season. This season,|
|Pitch Conditions||Flat, Batting-friendly pitch. High humidity and winds may affect bowling later in the evening.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 185
Highest Total (2018): 218/6 (RCB)
Last Match: RCB 161/7 | 160/8 CSK
|Ground Size:||Side Boundaries: 64 m, Straight Boundary: 85 m|
|Injury Updates||RCB – No major injuries.
KXIP – Moises Henriques, Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Varun Chakravarthy are all injured and may miss the match against RCB.
|Home Advantage||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|Head-to-Head||RCB 11 – 12 KXIP|
|Form||RCB – L W L W W
DC– W L L W L
Virat Kohli (C), Parthiv Patel (WK), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Marcus Stoinis, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Mohammed Siraj.
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Hardus Viljoen, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami.
RCB vs KXIP Dream11 Prediction
Albert Einstein once famously said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, and hope for tomorrow”. And no one is following it as religiously as Royal Challengers Bangalore. Having been long ago cast out from the race for the top 4, the team is making a big statement with their recent results.
Defeating a formidable side like KKR (at Eden Gardens) and defending champions CSK is no small feat. The batsmen – Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers – all are performing their duties with utmost elan.
The bowling front looks revitalized with the smart inclusion of Dale Steyn. The South African pacer has already scalped 4 wickets in 2 and played a crucial part in defending during the last two games. His leadership on the bowling front will be vital for RCB’s slim chances of making it to the last 4.
If only they can keep the economy rate, the bowlers are doing just fine for RCB. As cricket analyst, Harsha Bhogle rightly pointed out, RCB has nothing to lose for and that feeling of renewed hope and positivity will be crucial in making it to the Playoffs.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 19, 2019
Kings XI Punjab, on the other hand, has shown signs of inconsistency which is not good in a competitive league like IPL. At times, they outright dominate the proceedings and at others, they have capitulated straightaway. Amongst others, their middle order trio of Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, and Mandeep Singh has not played to their full potential. The bowlers too need to step up with the race for the Play-Offs heats up.
Going by the early signs, Royal Challengers Bangalore have the momentum and the home advantage to win at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. However, KXIP is still capable of winning the contest.
The Chinnaswamy Stadium doesn’t have the highest scoring pitches in the country, so 3-4 batsmen would be sufficient. It is important to consider that KXIP batsmen like KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh and Sarfaraz Khan (if he plays) know the surface well, having formerly been a part of RCB. Choosing them could be a smart move. Spinners will have a bright evening considering the pitch’s dry and slow surface. Yuzvendra Chahal and R Ashwin would be our choices here.
RCB vs KXIP Dream11 Prediction Team 1
Parthiv Patel, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Shami, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini.
RCB vs KXIP Dream11 Prediction Team 2
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, AB de Villiers, Ravichandran Ashwin, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Hardus Viljoen, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal.