KXIP vs RCB
April 13, 8.00PM IST
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
All eyes will be on Royal Challengers Bangalore as they take the field after a five-day gap. They have not yet registered their first win and will want to grab their first points in their seventh attempt. However, they will have a tough task against a strong Punjab unit at home, who have eight points after 7 games.
The track at Mohali has always assisted the big-hitters, with big scores on offer. The responsibility will be on the duo of AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli to help RCB to a big total, while Punjab will be led by Gayle and KL Rahul. Both teams, however, have a few areas of concern – their bowling attack is not the strongest and is prone to leaking runs, while their lower middle order looks feeble as well. As far as the RCB line-up is concerned, they might ponder a few changes. They have roped in Dale Steyn for injured Nathan Coulter-Nile, but whether the South African has flown to India is not yet confirmed. The Punjab unit might field Moises Henriques.
KXIP Predicted 11
Chris Gayle, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Ankit Rajpoot, Sarfaraz Khan, Hardus Viljoen/Moises Henriques, Sam Curran
RCB Predicted 11
Parthiv Patel (wk), AB de Villiers, Tim Southee/Dale Steyn, Virat Kohli (c), Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi, Akshdeep Nath, Marcus Stoinis, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj/Washington Sundar
KL Rahul struggled in the initial part of IPL 2019 but is slowly finding his rhythm. He has amassed 317 runs at an average close to 80 and is one of the key players in the Punjab side. Mayank Agarwal has been the surprise performer this year. The player was stereotyped as a Test batsman but has risen to the occasion with a flurry of unorthodox shots to lead the way. David Miller comes lower down in the order and can turn the game around in a few deliveries. The duo of ABD and Kohli deserve a look-in, as the RCB side will rely on their heroics, and when the team is struggling, they have often led the way.
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The all-rounder’s section sees Moeen Ali, who has played some quickfire knocks in this edition, along with Marcus Stoinis, who has turned the game around for his Big Bash and national teams on many occasions. Along with him, I have gone for Washington Sundar, who might get a chance. The youngster is a wily spinner, and has potential with the ball too, and could be the X-factor.
The bowling attack sees Chahal, who is a must-have, and Shami, who too has surprised with his performances. He has the second highest dot-ball percentage for Punjab this season, and he has taken 9 wickets alongside it. Navdeep Saini rounds up my Dream11 team.
Captain and Vice-captain: Kohli, AB de Villiers