About the Match
Royal Challengers Bangalore were once the top contenders to qualify for the playoffs, but now even the question of their qualification for knockouts hangs. Thankfully for them, they are back to their comfort zone, at Chinnaswamy Stadium where they meet Kings XI Punjab on 14th May. While the Kings XI Punjab are already out of the tournament, RCB is on the brink of getting knocked out. They now need to win both of their remaining games and for that to happen, one of Gayle, Kolhi or de Villiers must roar, and they must keep Millers quiet. Although RCB has got the home advantage, the weather gods do not seem to be in good mood.
Kings XI Punjab:
Kings XI Punjab may have been knocked out of the tournament, but they still have an outside chance should to qualify for the knockouts. The Kings have performed well, but they have done so consistently. They’ve lost some close games and the games which they should have won. They lost their last game against Sunrisers due to some poor batting by middle order. Despite restricting Hyderabad to a modest total and getting a good enough start, they were short by 30 runs. They have Gilchrist and Marsh in excellent form will relish Bangalore pitch and then Miller to follow. Their bowling seems to be in reasonable form, except in the death overs. KXIP can seriously trouble other teams, provided their batsmen perform as expected.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Virat Kohli’s men are finding it difficult to make it to the knockouts despite having an excellent side on paper. The major reason for this is their away record which hasn’t even been close to acceptable from a team which sets such high standards. Fortunately, the next game is at home where they haven’t lost many. Also, RCB hasn’t performed badly at all while playing away. It’s just that they didn’t had the luck on their side. They have a good side with powerful strikers along with Pujara and good enough bowling. If Gayle gets going, RCB can be a serious force to deal with.
Last time when the two teams met, it was the Miller’s show all the way. Miller loves RCB’s bowling and RCB would have to post a real big total to pose a threat to Punjab’s power hitters. Will the return to home bring change in Royal Challengers’ luck? For that to happen, Bangalore’s batting would have to fire and their bowling would have to perform exceedingly well. KXIP have the final chance before them to come into the reckoning for knockout spot and a do or die game may just bring best in them. Considering RCB’s poor run and their last encounter, I’d place my money of Kings XI Punjab, and a win from the Kings would reward us handsomely.
Kings XI Punjab, 2.75 @ William Hill