AB de Villiers played an astonishing knock of 89 (3×4 and 9×6) in Royal Challengers Bangalore’s 148/4 on his return to action from a back injury. On a small ground (Holkar Stadium, Indore) and with the pitch being a belter for batting, the then stand-in captain Shane Watson strangely chose to bat first and this decision backfired for the boys from Bangalore. Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) made a tremendous start to this IPL season with an eight-wicket win on this night.
While this season is basically over for Royal Challengers, Kings XI are still in the race for a place in the top four.
Form guide: RCB vs KXIP
Royal Challengers: LLLNRL (from left to right, most recent result first; current position on the points table: 8th)
Kings XI: WLWLL (current position on the points table: 5th)
RCB vs KXIP Head-to-head
In 19 head-to-head meetings between Royal Challengers and Kings XI, the latter have won 11 to the former’s 8. In eight matches at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, the honours are even at 4-4.
Who do you think will come out on top tonight?
Match 43: RCB vs KXIP Playing XI
RCB have basically lost one match after another this season, and will just be playing for pride in match 43 and their last two matches too. Given how bad this season has been, they will just be waiting for the end, but Royal Challengers will do themselves a huge favour if they refocus and get their act together.
Travis Head has had three successive failures (0, 2 and 12) and is likely to be dropped for tonight’s clash against Kings XI. Aniket Choudhary had an ordinary outing with the ball against Mumbai Indians and he is another one whose place is under threat. Adam Milne too, has been expensive with the ball, failing to provide control or wickets at any stage of the innings.
Chris Gayle for Head and Stuart Binny for Choudhary are the two possible changes in RCB’s playing XI vs KXIP: 1. Virat Kohli (c), 2. Chris Gayle, 3. AB de Villiers, 4. Kedar Jadhav (wk), 5. Mandeep Singh, 6. Shane Watson/Samuel Badree, 7. Pawan Negi, 8. Stuart Binny, 9. Sreenath Aravind, 10. Adam Milne, and 11. Yuzvendra Chahal
Actual playing XI for RCB: 1. Virat Kohli (c), 2. Chris Gayle, 3. AB de Villiers, 4. Kedar Jadhav (wk), 5. Mandeep Singh, 6. Shane Watson, 7. Pawan Negi, 8. Aniket Choudhary, 9. Sreenath Aravind, 10. Samuel Badree, and 11. Yuzvendra Chahal
Kings XI thumped Delhi Daredevils by 10 wickets last Sunday, when their bowlers were so lethal that the talented batsmen in the Delhi line-up fell like nine pins. The bowling has been Kings XI’s weak link, so having performed the way they did and dismissed Delhi for the lowest first-innings total (67) in IPL history, Kings XI’s bowlers, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Thangarasu Natarajan, among others, are expected to retain their places.
In the batting department, Kings XI do not have to worry if the batting performance in the last couple of matches is anything to go by.
KXIP’s probable playing XI vs RCB: 1. Glenn Maxwell (c), 2. Hashim Amla, 3. Martin Guptill, 4. Manan Vohra, 5. Shaun Marsh 6. Wriddhiman Saha (c), 7. Axar Patel, 8. Mohit Sharma, 9. Sandeep Sharma, 10. Varun Aaron, and 11. Thangarasu Natarajan
Kings XI’s playing XI is the same as what Cricfooty had predicted!