Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab,XI Players May 5, 08:00 PM


Kings XI Punjab Probable XI:

Hashim Amla, Martin Guptill, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Varun Aaron, T. Natarajan

Royal Challengers Bangalore Probable XI:
Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Travis Head, Kedar Jadhav (wk), Sachin Baby/Mandeep Singh, Pawan Negi, Samuel Badree, Sreenath Arvind, Aniket Choudhary, Yuzvendra Chahal

Team News:

Royal Challengers Bangalore

On an average, RCB have made close to three changes every game. Expect that to continue with qualification objectives thrown out of the window. Perennial bench warmers could get game time if the team management cast an eye on the next season and look to identify individuals that can be useful squad players. The likes of Vishnu Vinod, Harpreet Singh Bhatia could thus be offered game time. RCB are likely to bring back Chris Gayle for the contest, given that the Jamaican has been used as a specialist for home games. His record against KXIP - 797 runs in 15 games at 56.92 - will definitely play on the minds of the opposition. Samuel Badree, who was left out of the previous game, should come back in to bolster the bowling with Shane Watson going the other way.

In a wretched season, Pawan Negi's form - with both bat and ball - would have pleased the RCB management. If he can continue his wicket-taking ways (10 wickets at an economy of 6.04), and throw his bat around in the middle of the order, RCB can still hope to finish with a bunch of consolation wins.

Kings XI Punjab

The visitors arrive to the contest with a 10-wicket of thrashing of Delhi Daredevils in Mohali. The bowling unit, particularly, looks well-oiled and would love to be left untouched. That said, there is a logic that could see the inclusion of Matt Henry, who bowled a lot in the nets on the eve of the clash, in place of one of the three foreign batsmen. Given that they can get four overs out of Glenn Mawell, KXIP can also resist the need to play another spinner. Martin Guptill slammed a bludgeoning half-century against the Daredevils, which holds the team in good stead considering the foreseeable absence of Amla and David Miller. Eoin Morgan, out on national duty, will not be available for this clash.

What to expect: Clear skies have been forecast on the match day. The playing surface for this season at the Chinnaswamy Stadium though has been a bigger mystery. Rising Pune Supergiant's 161 is still the highest score recorded - a far cry to the ground's propensity to facilitate regular breaches of the 200-run mark. With spin playing a part, teams are no longer put off by having to bat first. Don't be surprised if the toss-winning captain chooses to do so, once more on Thursday.

History: Kings XI hold a 11-8 advantage over their opponents in 19 IPL games between the sides so far, including a win earlier in the season in Indore. KXIP also have a fair record at the Chinnaswamy Stadium against RCB, having won four of their eight matches so far. The corresponding fixture last year was a rain-affected encounter that RCB swept home courtesy of a Kohli hundred.

Did you know?

-Chris Gayle has scored 797 runs against KXIP - the most by any player against an opposition in IPL. His eight 50+ scores against them are also a record.
-Sandeep Sharma has dismissed Virat Kohli on four occasions and Gayle on three - his favorite victims in IPL.
-Chinnaswamy Stadium has been the best venue for the bowlers this IPL - pacers average 21.02 and spinners 21.24 - both best amongst the nine venues this season.

What they said:

"It has been difficult for guys to be able to motivate themselves but on that note we have sat and spoken about it. It has happened to a few teams. We didn't certainly expect to happen to us." Stuart Binny conceded that the team had found it difficult to get themselves motivated after slumping to a series of defeats, eventually leading to a knockout.

"I still think RCB are a dangerous side. If you look through their line-up, all the way down, they've got match-winners everywhere. So we have to play extremely well tomorrow night. Put our plans in place. It's still going to be a tough game. We have to be on top of our game to take them down." Martin Guptill believes an under-confident RCB still presents a very tough challenge


Kings XI Punjab (From):
Martin Guptill, Hashim Amla, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell(c), Wriddhiman Saha(w), Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, Sandeep Sharma, T Natarajan, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Eoin Morgan, Darren Sammy, Ishant Sharma, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Anureet Singh, Nikhil Naik, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Matt Henry, Rahul Tewatia, Rinku Singh

Royal Challengers Bangalore (From): Virat Kohli(c), Mandeep Singh, Travis Head, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav(w), Shane Watson, Pawan Negi, Adam Milne, Sreenath Aravind, Aniket Choudhary, Yuzvendra Chahal, Chris Gayle, Harshal Patel, Sarfaraz Khan, Stuart Binny, Samuel Badree, Iqbal Abdulla, Sachin Baby, Avesh Khan, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tymal Mills, Praveen Dubey, Billy Stanlake, Vishnu Vinod, Harpreet Singh

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