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As we move closer towards the end of the competition, things are beginning to get interesting. A loss for KXIP and a win for Royal Challengers Bangalore have opened up the table further where no team other than Sunrisers Hyderabad has ascertained a playoff spot. Royal Challengers Bangalore facing KXIP on Monday in yet another fight for survival. Kings XI Punjab, too, will consider this match as extremely important as a loss here would mean a do-or-die situation in every match after this. Considering the stakes involved, expect it to be a hard tussle and an intriguing day of T20 Cricket.
Once upon a time, Chris Gayle scored a mammoth individual score batting at Holkar Stadium, but, back then, he was a part of the Royal Challengers' lineup. He will now be up against his previous teammates on perhaps a ground he would love to score on.
KXIP had a horrific last game here where their bowlers were thwarted to all parts of the ground. Chasing a total of 245, KXIP needed Chris Gayle and KL Rahul to go berserk right from the first ball. While Rahul kept them in the hunt throughout his stay at the crease, Chris Gayle failed to inflict any damage and was dismissed for an individual score of 21.
It was that kind of night for the bowlers where nothing was going their way. Andrew Tye was sensational considering that he went for just 8.5 runs an over as compared to the overall rate of more than 12. He dismissed four batsmen in the process.
Despite get smashed for an impossible looking total, the way Kings XI Punjab batsmen approached the total was commendable. Although a near-impossible situation, they had an outside chance to win even in the last match. Bowlers will need to bounce back from here and on a ground which is super batting friendly, KXIP batsmen will relish another opportunity to have a go.
Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, AJ Tye, AS Rajpoot, Mohit Sharma.
Not for the first time in the tournament, RCB finds themselves in yet another do-or-die situation. The two batsmen on which RCB relies the most came good and entertained us with some immaculate hitting against Delhi Daredevils which should have boosted their morale to a great extent.
Kohli won the toss and chose to ball first on a decent batting surface. At one time, they had their opponents on the mat with two wickets down after the powerplay overs, but brilliant innings by Rishabh Pant ensured a big total to chase for RCB. Barring Yuzvendra Chahal, all the bowlers were expensive.
Things went exactly according to the plan for Delhi Daredevils as they removed Moeen Ali and Parthiv Patel cheaply. Little did they know about the plans of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli scored 70 runs off just 40 deliveries. If that wasn't quick, AB de Villiers bettered it with a 72 runs knock which took just 37 deliveries.
Indore features a surface which is a lot similar to Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. While the home record of RCB hasn't been particularly good, their batsmen are likely to enjoy small ground and hard surface with even carry. They'd need their bowlers to restrict KXIP from running away, and if they can do that, RCB will have a very good chance to get a step closer to the playoffs.
Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, M Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Colin de Grandhomme, TG Southee, Umesh Yadav, M Siraj, YS Chahal.
Small boundaries and an excellent pitch to bat means that no score is defendable here. Expect the team winning the toss to bat first.
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Kolkata Knight Riders scored 245 runs on the same pitch couple of days ago. While chasing that, Kings XI Punjab scored in excess of 200. That tells a lot about the surface. Expect yet another day where we'll see bullet-speed fours and towering sixes. Teams bowling first would love to restrict the opposition for anything under 200.
With the superb batting lineup and a little thin-on-paper bowling lineup being the feature of both sides, expect yet another high-scoring contest. Kings XI Punjab's attack is a little too reliant on spinners and with AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli being excellent players of spin and that coupled with small boundaries make them more likely to prevail in this match.
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