6 straight losses and still in the hunt, RCB have come a long way in this edition of the IPL. As they play against Punjab at their home soil, they’ll be looking to repeat their previous encounter with the Kings XI where they broke their losing streak in the season. Kings XI, on the other hand, are coming from 3 losses in the past 5 games. They need to win this one in order to qualify for the playoffs.
Let’s have a look at their one on one stats:
|Royal Challengers Bangalore Won||11|
|Kings XI Punjab Won||12|
In Chinnaswamy stadium, both teams have played against each other 10 times winning 5 each. It’ll be interesting to see who goes one up in the battle today.
‘Steyn’ in the Hunt
Credits: Hindustan Times
If there’s one man who’s had a huge psychological impact on RCB’s performance, it’s Dale Steyn. The South African pace machine has given RCB the depth & hold they were missing in the bowling department. In this season, he’s taken 2 wickets each in both the matches played so far with a decent economy. In today’s match, he’d be looking to give RCB an early breakthrough.
Ex-RCBians in Form
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle & Mayank Aggarwal have all played for RCB in the previous seasons. Gayle scored an unbeaten 99 in the previous clash while Rahul has been one of the top contenders for the Orange Cap this season. Mayank Aggarwal has been in decent form too, so these 3 will have to put on a good show against their previous franchise to prove a point.
The Playoff Scene
Credits: NDTV Sports
Even if RCB lose out to KXIP today, they’ll still be in the hunt considering RR’s loss in the last match against Delhi Capitals. However, it’s a crucial game for Ashwin’s men as they’ll need to win this one anyhow to stay in the hunt for the playoffs. Kohli would be looking to pounce at this stage to make a better statement for the Playoff stages.
The Bowling Machine
For both teams, bowling has been a major concern. Chinnaswamy is a small stadium so you can surely look towards a high scoring game. Apart from Steyn, every other bowler from both teams has been struggling big time to get their line and length right throughout the tournament. After his hat-trick, Sam Curran has failed to impress and a lot depends on the skipper Ashwin’s hands to restrict the RCB roaring batting line up.
It’s a do-or-die in Bangalore today. Let’s hope to see some Gayle Storm & AB Magic together. May the best team win.
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