About the Match
The Royal Challengers clinched a thriller against KKR by 9 wickets to stay in the competition; with 12 points after 12 outings, they are placed 5th on the table and will need to win against Kings XI, who are already eliminated from the race, on 18th May at Bangalore. Kings XI had a disappointing game against Sunrisers over the weekend, losing by 7 wickets, and will put their best foot forward to redeem themselves with a win here in their penultimate match. On the other hand, hosts RCB will definitely come out all guns blazing to stop the visitors from playing spoilsport to their campaign.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Kohli and AB de Villiers have been the pillars of this team, winning matches with their bats; against KKR, they yet again showered sixes and fours to post a 115-run stand for the 2nd wicket and help win the match by a thumping 9 wickets. Gayle hit a sensational 49 off 31 while Kohli’s superb 75 off 51 proved yet again his class and determination. AB de Villiers is a strong asset in the top-order and he scored a thunderous 59 from just 31 to help chase down 184 runs with 8 balls to spare against KKR.
Just 2 days prior to the KKR game, RCB had registered a record-IPL win against Gujarat Lions by 144 runs, thanks to a power-packed performance by Kohli and AB de Villiers, each scoring rapid centuries from just over 50 balls. Chris Jordan took 4-11, registering one of his best T20 figures, while Chahal too stupefied the opposition with his 3-19; Sachin Baby and Aravind took 3 wickets between them to help win the match in a scintillating way.
RCB has a brilliant batting line-up that can manoeuvre through any bowling attack to post challenging totals while batting first or chase comfortably; the bowlers are in tandem and can pull out tricks from their sleeves in both spin and pace. Overall, they have very good resources to win the upcoming hurdle to make it to the top four.
Kings XI Punjab
After stunning MI with a 7-wicket victory, Kings XI failed to keep up their momentum succumbing to another defeat against Sunrisers after being unable to defend 179 runs. The good efforts of Amla, who scored a superb 96 from just 56 deliveries, went in vain as the bowlers leaked away too many runs; Sandeep Sharma and Patel took a wicket each but the others proved to be costly.
Against Mumbai Indians, Marcus Stoinis put up a tremendous performance taking 4-15 to demolish the opposition’s middle order; Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma and Axar Patel took 5 wickets in regular intervals between them to restrict the Mumbai team to a lowly 124 runs. Murali Vijay and Saha then let their bat do the talking, each scoring well-made half-centuries to win the match by 7 wickets with 3 overs to spare.
Vijay, Amla and Saha are in good form with the bat while all-rounders like Stoinis and Maxwell can help pull off another win if they play their cards right.
Kings XI could well spoil RCB’s chances here but we feel that with their recent blitzing batting performance, the hosts are better placed to outwit the opponents and emerge victorious