About the Match
There’s no stopping Punjab, which has won all four matches played so far accumulating 8 points; it will go up against Bangalore, which has slipped down to 5th position with only 4 points after losing the previous match against Rajasthan in a humiliating way. Bangalore posted only 70 runs, the 3rd lowest total ever in IPL history and lost by 6 wickets whereas Punjab continuing on its winning spree by defeating Kolkata by 23 runs. This is the penultimate match at Dubai, before the tournament shifts back to India, and Bangalore will try its best to make amends here. Punjab has emerged as the most successful team this season and will be eager to continue winning matches; the contest will be highly scintillating and the crowd is sure to enjoy every bit of the action.
Kings XI Punjab
Sehwag is getting better with the bat in every passing match and his 37 off 30 deliveries against Kolkata is a testimony for it; while Maxwell couldn’t repeat his previous performances, getting out to Morkel’s pace scoring only 15 runs, Rishi Dhawan and others steered the total to 132 runs in a low-scoring game. Sandeep Sharma, rightfully earned the man of the match award, claiming 3 wickets to defend his team’s low score against Kolkata; Johnson and Patel took 2 wickets each whereas Dhawan and Balaji chipped in with a wicket each. It was the bowlers this time who won it for the team by 23 runs and as the tournament progresses we’ll get to see an all-round performance from the team that’s reached the top of the table mainly due to its batting strengths. The upcoming match against Bangalore is will test their sustainability and determination to continue fighting hard, taking every single match seriously.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
It was a horrific performance by RCB as they were bowled out for a shocking 70 runs batting first against Rajasthan; except Kohli, the entire top and middle order were dismissed for single digits with AB de Viliers and Takawale getting out on ducks. The entire batting line-up fell like a pack of cards against the variety attack from the opposition and it was a complete failure in terms of player performance as well as strategy. Starc and Rampaul showed some teeth in their fight but could hardly revive the innings; Yuvraj is still fighting with his demons whereas the two early wickets in the very first over shook the confidence of the rest of the batsmen. Chahal and Starc did their best but 70 runs can never be enough in this format. Something is seriously wrong with their body language ever since they lost the close match against Kolkata and until they figure out a way to overcome it, the team looks very low on confidence at the moment.
While Punjab is on a winning roll with player performances at their peak, Bangalore seems to be losing the plot after starting off well this season. Kohli and his men will fight hard to make a comeback but Punjab surely go in as favourites here and look better placed to score an easy win.
Kings XI Punjab, 2.00 @ Bet365