With their back pushed to the walls, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) managed to string together a couple of handsome victories, the latest was against the then table-toppers Chennai Super Kings (CSK). MS Dhoni almost snatched the match from their grasp at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, but eventually, Virat Kohli & Co. won the game by one run to remain alive in the tournament.
The 42nd game of the IPL between RCB and KXIP will be hosted by the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
The match starts at 08:00 PM local time (14:30 GMT).
The game will be live on Star Sports in India. (Live streaming on Hotstar).
According to AccuWeather, there are no chances of rain as of now. The temperature will start at 30-degree Celsius at 8 pm and will come down to around 25-degrees Celsius by the close of the game. The humidity won’t be a factor either.
Last five completed T20 matches: (Most recent- first)
Average first-innings score: 184 – 3 Night matches in IPL 2019
Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2
Royal Challengers Bangalore – W, W, L, W, L
Kings XI Punjab – L, W, L, L, W
The pitch at this venue has been a good one for batting and runs have come at a fair clip. But the bowlers have also reaped benefits. The track isn’t expected to change much and another high-scoring game is well and truly on the cards.
Probable Playing XI:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Akshdeep Nath, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav/Kulwant Khejroliya, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Bench – Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann Umesh Yadav/Kulwant Khejroliya, Shivam Dube, Tim Southee, Prayas Ray Barman, Washington Sundar, Shimron Hetmyer, Colin de Grandhomme, Heinrich Klaasen
Kings XI Punjab
KL Rahul (WK), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravi Ashwin (C), Harpreet Brar, Hardus Viljoen, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami
Bench: Karun Nair, Simran Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Andrew Tye, Moises Henriques, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran
Chris Gayle vs RCB in IPL: 4 inns 191 runs 99* Best 63.66 average 1 fifty
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, AB de Villiers
Vice-Captain Options: Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, KL Rahul
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/ Small Leagues:
Keeper – Parthiv Patel
Batsmen – Chris Gayle (VC), David Miller, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (C), Akshdeep Nath
All-Rounders – Ravi Ashwin, Moeen Ali
Bowlers – Mohammed Shami, Dale Steyn
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – KL Rahul
Batsmen – Mayank Agarwal (C), AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Akshdeep Nath
All-Rounders – Sam Curran, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali (VC)
Bowlers – Murugan Ashwin, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal
Picking all of Rahul, Gayle, De Villiers and Kohli is literally impossible as they take up 42 credits making it tough to pick the other 7 players inside 58. Considering the form and other aspects one can go for Rahul, Gayle, and AB.
The Royal Challengers should be able to get over the line.