Having experienced a disappointing loss against the KKR, the Royal Challengers Bangalore will hope to get a second wind in their upcoming match against Kings XI Punjab. Meanwhile, the KXIP witnessed a contrasting start with their huge victory against the Delhi Daredevils. Match 8 of IPL 2018 will see the clash of RCB and KXIP.
Overall: Matches – 20
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 08
Kings XI Punjab – 12
It will be a two horse race between RCB and KXIP at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru.
Average 1st innings score: 167
Average 2nd innings score: 145
Highest Total: 263/5 (20 Ov) by RCB vs PWI
Lowest Total: 82/10 (15.1 Ov) by RCB vs KKR
Highest Chased: 204/2 (18.5 Ov) by RCB vs KXIP
Lowest Defended: 106/2 (8 Ov) by RCB vs CSK
(The above stats only include IPL matches played at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium)
M.Chinnaswamy is a heaven for batsmen, especially in the limited format. High altitude sixes and short boundaries make it a batters’ paradise. Big scores have been chased and defended easily here.
How do the teams stack up?
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB will open with their best batting line up, however captain Virat Kohli and Quniton de Kock will be expected to give their best shots unlike their previous match. As always, McCullum and de Villiers would probably be the reasons for fireworks on field. The spin duo – Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar will have to buckle up.
Probable XI: Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Sarfraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kulwant Khejroliya
Players to watch out for: Brendon McCullum, Ab de Villiers, Chris Woakes
Kings XI Punjab
Though post-auction predictions did not place Kings XI Punjab as favorites, the Punjab tigers couldn’t have asked for a better start. While KL Rahul smashed the fastest fifty, Karun Nair took the bull by the horns. KXIP’s key advantage in their game with RCB is that they will play with Karnataka core on the batting line-up. The squad will probably be the same with no major changes.
Probable XI: KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb-ur- Rahman
Players to watch out for: KL Rahul, Ravichandran Ashwin, Karun Nair