RCB need to try and sort out their indifferent bowling © AFP
RCB need to try and sort out their indifferent bowling © AFP

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) will host Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Match 39 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 at Mohali on Monday. RCB have had a rather lacklustre season so far, and currently lie firmly in the bottom half of the points table. They have put in some commendable performances with the bat, but their bowlers have often let the team down. That being said, RCB still have by far the best batting line-up of the tournament on paper. Skipper Virat Kohli is the man in form, having scored two centuries in his last four innings. Here is a speculative look at the possible XI RCB could field against KXIP at Mohali. Live Cricket Scorecard: Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2016 Match 39 at Mohali

Top order: The move to replace Chris Gayle with Travis Head did not bring much of a reward for RCB in their last match, and they will probably revert to the Caribbean juggernaut. With KL Rahul showing commendable form at the top, Gayle will be able to take a few overs to play himself back to form. Rounding off the top 3 will be the batsman of the tournament so far, Kohli. The RCB skipper has been a class apart and with 2 centuries already this season his confidence will be sky-high.

Middle order: AB de Villiers has been in good form, but has had a couple of dry games recently. He has yet to play a groundbreaking innings in this tournament so far, but that type of innings could be just ’round the corner. Shane Watson has played a few whirlwind cameos already in the tournament, and his role in the side seems to be that of middle-order battering ram. He has not got a half-century yet, but if he comes in to bat early he may change his approach.

Lower order: Sachin Baby has played the last few games for RCB and done a moderately decent job, but Sarfaraz Khan could come back into the side as the lower-order hitter. Stuart Binny, Parvez Rasool, and Chris Jordan are batsmen of reasonable repute, and will provide some lower-order firepower should the top four batsmen fail.

Bowlers: In addition to Watson, Binny, Jordan, and Rasool, RCB will also require the services of the full-time bowlers such as Yuzvendra Chahal and Varun Aaron. This has been where RCB have lacked. Their bowling attack is largely lackluster, which has adversely affected their campaign so far. If RCB are to win their next few matches they will need a way for the bowlers to get their act together.

Royal Challengers Bangalore likely XI against Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Sarfaraz Khan, Stuart Binny, Parvez Rasool, Chris Jordan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Aaron.