About the Match
Home ground Chinnaswamy Stadium at Bangalore is the venue for the tie between Royal Challengers Bangalore, with 6 points from 7 matches, and the Kings XI Punjab with 12 points from same number of matches, on 9th May. The form and confidence with which Punjab has fared is nowhere in comparison with Bangalore’s performances and is far ahead with only one loss so far whereas the Royal Challengers with a mix of wins and losses are in an inconsistent form. It’ll be an interesting match as the batsmen from both teams will try to bring out a thunderous performance with their firepower, which will be a treat to the cricketing fans of Bangalore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The last match they played was against Mumbai Indians at Mumbai, in which they lost control on the game with the opponents, Rohit Sharma blistering away an unbeaten 59 runs and a near century partnership between Sharma and Pollard, regaining lost confidence. With RCB bowlers all at sea, not maintaining the line and length with 12 wides and poor fielding conceding 25 extras, no team should expect to win in such a fierce competition. When they set to chase a 9+ per over target, they had a good opening partnership between Gayle firing sixes and fours, and Patel lending good support, planning the chase well with Kohli’s contribution. But after de Villiers and Kohli fell, the middle order collapsed; Mumbai being in a confidence building mode defeated Royal Challengers, who continue to be in a complacent mind set. Now they are against a formidable side and need to put their minds together to gather their moorings to overcome the Kings XI, if they want to live up to the expectations of the home crowd.
Kings XI Punjab
They are fresh with a repeated sweet win against an in-form Chennai Super Kings and back in number 1 spot with 12 points; Sehwag is regaining his form and Maxwell is roaring as a very useful all-rounder with his capability to hit the ball from the word go whatever the situation the team is in. They controlled the game after the onslaught on Super Kings bowlers, with Maxwell once again scoring big and setting up a 38-ball 90 with 6 fours and 8 towering sixes; Miller and Bailey treading the same path, maintaining the momentum and run rate. With 231 on board to defend and dependable bowling line up consisting of an in-form Sandeep Sharma and Johnson, they could dictate terms to the opponents and win the match comfortably. Apart from the home ground advantage to the opposing Royal Challengers, they have nothing against their favor, but will need to be cautious against RCB as they will certainly try to regain their confidence and rediscover their talent and form.
While the odds are against the home team because of the form and performance of the sturdy Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore will try to take advantage of the home ground and come up with a tough fight. Though Punjab will try to overcome the challenges here, Bangalore seems to be hungrier for a much-needed win.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, 1.80 @ Bet365