Bengaluru host fifth placed Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the 43rd encounter of the tenth season of the IPL. KXIP had a four-day break after their impressive all-round outing against Delhi Daredevils in Mohali. RCB had another dismal outing against table-toppers Mumbai as their captain handed RCB their 8th loss of the season.
This has been a disastrous campaign for the Challengers. Having been knocked out of the qualifiers’ race, RCB can put up an inspired show to disturb the equation for KXIP, who need to win at least four out of their remaining five matches to make it to the final four.
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The two teams last met at Indore in the first week of the tournament where KXIP piped RCB by eight wickets. A Kohli-deficient RCB were first restricted to a paltry 148 by KXIP bowlers and then fireworks from Amla and Maxwell ensured KXIP got over the line inside fifteen overs. The head-to-head record between the two teams stands in favour of KXIP with 11 wins from the 19 matches played between the two teams so far while RCB has won the remaining 8 matches.
While KXIP bear an almost settled look, RCB are still struggling to get their combinations right. The match winning four-wicket haul by Sandeep Sharma in the last match against DD has quelled all the suspicions being raised over his form. While talking about form, all is far from well in the RCB camp with two of their talented youngsters, Travis Head and Mandeep Singh continuously misfiring and at least one of them may face the axe against KXIP.
Let’s have a look at the probable XI of both the teams for the Bengaluru fixture-
|Kings XI Punjab||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|Players||FYS Fantasy Points||Players||FYS Fantasy Points|
|Martin Guptill||109||Virat Kohli (C)||354|
|Hashim Amla||431||Travis Head||110|
|Manan Vohra||261||AB de Villiers||307|
|Shaun Marsh||193||Kedar Jadhav (Wk)||370|
|Glenn Maxwell (C)||372||Shane Watson||146|
|Wriddhiman Saha(Wk)||167||Sachin Baby||27|
|Axar Patel||405||Pawan Negi||373|
|Mohit Sharma||223||S Aravind||121|
|Sandeep Sharma||273||Tymal Mills||120|
|Varun Aaron||156||Aniket Choudhary||66|
|T Natarajan||30||Yuzvendra Chahal||269|