Here comes the solid duel. The star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore packed their kits to travel to Indore in order to take down flamboyant Kings XI Punjab. With the short boundaries and stalwarts gracing the game, one can expect a high-scoring thriller tonight. Meanwhile, it is a must-win encounter for Royal Challengers as well.
Yet another big hurdle makes its way to RCB. Virat Kohli-led side got into their own in their previous encounter and most probably, they would like to continue their winning momentum by all means. As the loss will be the end of the road, one can expect a quality show.
Finally, fans got the dream partnership of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli in the previous encounter and they should once again carry the burden in order to make the merry of Indore conditions. With short boundaries on offer, RCB batsmen would be licking their lips to utilize the conditions.
However, bowling department once again showed a glimpse of their initial bowling display thus making things hard for Virat Kohli. Despite going for the runs in the previous encounter, Virat Kohli might continue with the same settled unit to tackle the flamboyant KXIP batsmen, especially, KL Rahul.
For Punjab, it has been two different stories thus far in IPL 2018. They wrecked havoc in the first half of the tournament but, after taking the break, they somehow lost the winning momentum to find themselves on the wrong side of the things. As they are coming from 2 straight losses in their kitty, they would like to come with all their guns blazing.
Apart from KL Rahul, none of the batsmen in the core unit showing their worth. The consistency of Chris Gayle is also an area of concern while the young guns, Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair lost their touch with the willow when it mattered the most. Aaron Finch is due to produce a match-winning knock while it is a high time for Punjab to find a right batsman in the middle order.
Coming to bowling department, they have been wayward in their previous encounter and showed their heavy reliance on Mujeeb Zadran and Andrew Tye. The local bowlers need to pull up their socks by all means to counter the world class batsmen from RCB dugout.
Toss Prediction: Virat Kohli might win the toss and would choose to bowl first.
Pitch Report: A batting paradise. A high-scoring thriller is on cards.
Weather Report: No rain is in the forecast. Interestingly, dew factor might also stay away.
Match-winner prediction; Royal Challengers Bangalore.
KXIP: KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Manzoor Dar, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, AJ Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Ben Dwarshuis
RCB: Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh. Sarfaraz Khan, Colin de Grandhomme, Sarfaraz Khan, Tim Southee, Mohammad Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Date & Time – 14th May 2018, 20:00 IST
Venue – Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Live Telecast – Star Sports Network, Jio and Hotstar Premium customers.