Match Preview: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab

Will Bangalore register a win in today’s encounter and put Kings XI Punjab's chances of qualifying for the playoffs in jeopardy?

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Bangalore can do anything they want in the next few matches. They are out of contention and can experiment with their team. Travis Head may make an exit after his poor performance. Does that mean Chris Gayle will be back in? Gayle has scored only one 50 this IPL.

Skipper Virat Kohli will play for pride. The only players who haven’t let him down this season have been Kedar Jadhav, Samuel Badree and Yuzvendra Chahal. The two spinners have bowled pretty well and have picked up wickets. Jadhav has played his heart out every time he has donned the RCB colours.

Kings XI Punjab

Punjab will hope to continue their winning streak and qualify for the playoffs. The two pacers Sandeep Sharma and Varun Aaron will try to replicate their form from the previous game this time around as well. Sandeep Sharma picked up 4 wickets and conceded 20 runs off the 4 overs he bowled.

Skipper Glen Maxwell will try to win today’s encounter and keep their hopes alive to qualify for the playoffs. Maxwell will try to score some runs against the spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Maxwell has scored only 19 runs off 16 balls against the spinner. It will be interesting to see while these two play against each other and battle for some runs and wickets.

The top order of Punjab will play a crucial role in today’s encounter, batsmen like Hashim Amla Martin Guptill and Shaun Marsh. These three form one of the strongest top orders in IPL 10 and if they get going, then nothing can stop Kings XI from scoring over 200.