New Delhi: Royal Challengers Bangalore will be keen to open their account in Vivo IPL 2018 when they take on Kings XI Punjab in Match 8. In their season opener, RCB recovered to 176-7 – still about 20 runs short on a good batting surface at the Eden Gardens.
KXIP and RCB are two of the three IPL teams that have never won a single IPL tournament. Now they will be hoping to change that in IPL 2018. Kings XI Punjab won their first game of the season against Delhi Daredevils.
KXIP’s chase of 167 was powered by KL Rahul, who scored the fastest half-century in the IPL. Despite that blitz by Rahul, KXIP still only meandered to a win, when they should have cruised past the finish line.
KXIP will make a change or two primarily to accommodate Aaron Finch. That could mean one of David Milller or Andrew Tye will miss out, and the decision of who misses out could dictate the make-up of the rest of the team.
RCB’s batting line-up like Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are the three batsmen capable of destroying the opposition. Between them, the trio has an aggregate of 22,374 runs and hundreds in T20 cricket. RCB have also been chokers having lost three semi-finals and two IPL finals.
RCB has a dependable bowling attack With Yuzvendra Chahal, Tim Southee, Corey Anderson, Coling de Grandhomme and Washington Sundar.
In the last match, RCB got a few tactics wrong in that match and they will not want to repeat those mistakes; captain Virat Kohli could have avoided using Yuzvendra Chahal to open the bowling, the leg-spinner’s fourth over was unused.
Toss will also important in this fixture as four of the last 5 T20 matches played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium have been won by the side that has bowled first.
Team Head to Head
Overall: Matches – 20, RCB won – 8, KXIP won – 12
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Brendon McCullum, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Quinton de Kock, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Corey Anderson, M Ashwin, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Mandeep Singh, Manan Vohra, Pawan Negi, Tim Southee, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Pavan Deshpande, Anirudha Joshi.
Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Yuvraj Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Mayank Dagar, Aaron Finch, Chris Gayle, Manzoor Dar, David Miller, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Karun Nair, Axar Patel, Lokesh Rahul, Marcus Stoinis, Manoj Tiwary, Andrew Tye, Ben Dwarshuis, Ankit Rajpoot, Pardeep Sahu, Mohit Sharma, Barinder Sran, Akshdeep Nath.