RCB VS KXIP – This article brings to you the preview, team news and top Funtasy picks for the 8th match of IPL 2018 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab.
While the Royal Challengers lost out to the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL opener, KL Rahul turned on the beast mode to thwart Delhi at Mohali.
The Kohli-led side have a fair chance to turn the tables around as they face Kings XI Punjab at their fortress – the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on 13 April.
Royal Challengers Team News
RCB lost their opening game to KKR despite posting a decent 176/7 on the board. Brendon McCullum looked in fine touch after losing Quinton De Kock early on. Virat Kohli scored run-a-ball during his 31-run innings, while AB De Villiers and Mandeep Singh struck some heavy blows later on.
Washington Sundar had an unforgettable outing with the ball last time out, conceding 48 runs in his 4 overs. Chris Woakes was the pick of the bowlers with Umesh Yadav doing the job fairly well in the latter half of the innings. K. Khejroliya might have gone for quite a few runs, but skipper Kohli could try him for another game.
Playing XI (Last Match): Quinton De Kock (WK), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kings XI Punjab Team News
Australian opener Aaron Finch has arrived in the Punjab camp after he missed the first game on account of his marriage. The only concern could be his accommodation in the playing XI against RCB.
I arrived last night. With the team in Bangalore now 😀 https://t.co/4nM66OiUbq
All-rounder Marcus Stoinis will have to sacrifice his spot if Punjab are to fit in Finch in the scheme of things. Mayank Agarwal may be pushed down the order with Finch’s inclusion as an opener. Besides, there should be no further alterations in the winning combination for the impending clash.
Playing XI (Last Match): KL Rahul (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Top Funtasy Picks
Royals Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli – The RCB skipper is always hungry for runs and is the best bet for crunch situations.
Kings XI Punjab: KL Rahul has set the stakes high after his bludgeoning knock against Delhi in the opener. He is expected to replicate the same display against RCB.
Punt Pick: Aaron Finch – The inclusion of Finch in the playing XI is still in doubt, but it might be his day if he makes the cut.
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