Designed by Srushti Takale
Designed by Srushti Takale

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) cross swords against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the 50th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Mohali on Wednesday. Both the teams witnessed diverging results in the last game.

 

KXIP are already eliminated from the tournament and are playing for pride. Winning has been a rare occasion for them and they came very close to it in their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) where David Miller made a match out of an one-sided affair. Unfortunately SRH had scored five too many. The batting doesn t look concrete with openers misfiring. Glenn Maxwell has been off-colour and skipper George Bailey hasn t been the same since his return from the shoulder injury. Miller has been their lone warrior with the willow in this hapless season.

 

In the bowling department, the team will expect Sandeep Sharma and Anureet Singh to give early breakthroughs. Last time when they met RCB, it ended in a disaster with the contest being a complete Chris Gayle show at Chinnaswamy stadium. The team will be wary of the RCB batting threat and will pick bowlers accordingly.

 

On the other hand, RCB are boosted with the stellar win against Mumbai Indians (MI). The RCB batting revolves around the top three- Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. If the trio start firing, it will be a doom s day for the bowlers. The middle-order offers strength to the batting with young Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh and David Wiese following.

 

The bowling has become strong since the entry of Mitchell Starc in the team. Sreenath Aravind and Harshal Patel have provided good support. Yuzvendra Chahal and Iqbal Abdullah are performing well while Wiese comes as a more than useful all-rounder.

 

Rain has played a spoilsport and delayed the start by two hours forty five minutes. With the match reduced to 10-overs a side, RCB are clear favourites and it promises to be a high scoring affair at Mohali. KXIP cannot be written off and they may just go on to be the RCB party-spoilers.