Currently, at the bottom of the table, Royal Challengers Bangalore were able to pull up two victories in the last two matches. Their last victory came against the table toppers, Chennai Super Kings. Their next game is against Kings XI Punjab at their home. Bangalore defeated Kings XI Punjab in their last match this season. Read on the IPL prediction and tips for the match here.
This season of Indian Premier League has been full of excitement and uncertainties. The last match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai would not be any less than that. These kinds of wins would really help the team in boosting their confidence. Kings XI Punjab is currently placed at fifth position in the points table. The next match is going to be quite interesting as the race to playoffs is going to be close. Punjab needs to win the upcoming match to get near to playoffs berth.
IPL Prediction Performance Check
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The think tank of the teams in this season of IPL has been astonishing. They tend to send their in-form players down the order. Moeen Ali, who played a match-winning inning of 66 runs was demoted in the very next match and that was the reason for few runs short.
In their upcoming match against Punjab, they are going to face their ex-superstar, Chris Gayle. He made his name playing for Bangalore. Dale Steyn might give him a tough competition and it would be interesting to see who wins the contest.
Dale Steyn has been impactful right from his inclusion in the side. He has picked up early wickets and provides his experience at the end of the innings.
There are plenty of bowling options for RCB with the likes of Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen, and Pawan Negi.
Batting performance has not been quite good by the Bangalore batsmen. Parthiv Patel and Akshdeep Nath took the batting responsibility for the team in the previous match. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were not able to score big runs. Moeen Ali and Stoinis did not get enough time to do anything. We can expect Moeen Ali to come back to his spot of number four.
Kings XI Punjab
Their loss to Delhi Capitals in the previous match would have halted them from progressing toward playoffs, they would try to get on the winning ways. They would get into this match with a little hope.
Chris Gayle will be pretty familiar with the Bangalore pitch as he has played a lot of matches from the other franchise. Lokesh Rahul has grown up playing on this ground. Mandeep Singh was also part of RCB before joining this team.
The pitch is good for batting and the team comprises of big hitters like Chris Gayle, Rahul, David Miller, and Sam Curran. There are some weaknesses in the batting side which is evident. They are highly dependent on the top order and middle order doesn’t support much. Ashwin has been making a lot of changes to the side.
The major concern for the team would be bowling attack. We don’t think they have enough power to stop the big hitters of RCb from scoring runs. We might expect Mujeeb or Moises Henriques to get back in the team if they have regained their fitness.
Head to Head Tipster
Royal Challengers Bangalore have won 12 matches and Kings XI Punjab has won 11 matches of total matches that they have played against each other.
IPL Prediction Playing XI Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Umesh Yadav Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
IPL Prediction Playing XI Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Harpreet Brar, Hardus Viljoen/Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami
Pitch & Weather Condition Tips
The pitch here is good for scoring runs. We might see some great hitters in action and it would be difficult for the bowlers.
Toss Prediction Tips
Since dew is going to play a major role in the second innings, the side winning the toss would like to bowl first.
Kings XI Punjab looks much better side on paper and they have much better batting than Bangalore. It is going to be a close match and interesting to watch the contest. We back Kings XI Punjab to win the match.