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IPL 2017: Kings Xi Punjab expected eleven against RCB revealed

Kings Xi Punjab takes on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in their second match of the IPL. Punjab won their first game against Rising Pune Supergiants and would be looking to maintain their good form. Here we look at the eleven players Punjab are expected to field against RCB:

 

Openers: Manan Vohra and Hashim Amla

Manan Vohra failed to get going in the last game, but the talented Punjab opener is destructive on his day and would look to make amends for his failure against RPSG. Vohra has been a consistent player for KXiP and would be looking to get them off to a flier

Accompanying Vohra would be one of the legends of the modern game, Hashim Amla, who is again expected to play ahead of Eoin Morgan. Amla looked in good touch against Pune but failed to convert his start into a big score. He would look to get his eye in and then launch the assault on the bowlers.

 

Middle Order: Wriddhiman Saha, Glen Maxwell, David Miller

Indian Wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha is expected to bat at no. 3. Saha has been in good form in the longest format and would be looking to get a big score. He rotates the strike well and can also hit a few big ones once he gets set.

The skipper Glen Maxwell would walk in at no. 4. Maxi played a blinder the other day and led his team to a victory. The 'Big Show' is one of the most destructive batsmen in the world and would love to take the attack to the inexperienced bowling attack of RCB. Expect a few fireworks from the Aussie superstar.

South African batsman David Miller would walk in next. Miller has been a brilliant servant for Punjab and scored a brilliant century against the same opposition in one of the seasons. He would look to smash a few and finish the innings on a high if he does get the platform from his top order batsmen.

 

All Rounders: Axar Patel and Marcus Stoinis

Axar Patel was promoted to no. 4 in the previous game but is expected to bat at 6 or 7 against RCB. The Gujarat All-rounder has improved immensely as a batsman and can hit a few lusty blows down the order. He is a smart bowler as well and keeps the batsmen quiet, and is the perfect T-20 player for any captain.

Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has come a long way in international cricket and as a result, is expected to play ahead of Eoin Morgan and Darren Sammy. Stoinis is a destructive batsman and a handy medium pace bowler and js extremely vital to Punjab's title hopes this season. Maxwell and KXIP would be hoping he continues his international form here as well.

 

Bowlers: Swapnil Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and T Natarajan

Left Arm spinner Swapnil Singh bowled well against Pune and is expected to keep his place in the eleven. He is one of the few talented left arm spinners in the country and can chip in with a few wickets and is also handy with the bat at times.

Sandeep Sharma has been brilliant with the new ball for Punjab and has become indispensable to the team. Sandeep regularly picks up wickets with the new ball as he can swing the ball both ways and also bowls a good yorker. He is expected to open the bowling for the Kings Xi.

Indian Pacer Mohit Sharma is a good death bowler and can prove handy with his clever change of pace and yorkers. Mohit picks up wickets and also contains runs in the slog overs, and is a vital cog of the Punjab-based outfit.

Inexperienced Pacer T Natarajan, dubbed as the Indian Mustafizur Rahman was expensive in the last game, but was bought at a huge amount in the auction and is expected to keep his place in the side ahead of Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron. Natarajan is rated highly and if he can deliver for Kings Xi, it would do him and his team a world of good.

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