IPL 2018 | Match 48 | KXIP vs RCB: Kings XI Punjab will be clashing with the Royal Challengers Bangalore tonight in their final home game at 20:00 IST. Both KXIP and RCB have never won the IPL title and were hoping to turn their luck around this season with a fresh start.
KXIP started with a bang, winning five out of six matches but then went downhill, as they’ve lost four out of the last five matches. Although they have maintained their position in third place, they cannot afford any more defeats at the risk of being pushed down the ranks. Captain Ravichandran Ashwin will be hoping to get his boys back on track as they face a desperate RCB who need wins from all three of their remaining games in order to have a chance at making the playoffs.
RCB’s danger factor has increased ten-fold since they’ve entered the phase of must-wins. They have nothing to lose and in their last match, that vigor won them the game with relative ease. AB De Villiers personally has had a good run in the Holkar Stadium and will be expected to be unstoppable tonight as well.
KXIP’s strong point is clearly batting but at the moment, KL Rahul seems to be taking the entire responsibility on his shoulders. With even Chris Gayle not giving him the support he needs, his brilliant knocks are futile. Mayank Agarwal and Aaron Finch, after being pushed down to the middle order to play Gayle and Rahul, have not been able to get on their feet. Andrew Tye, Ashwin and Mujeeb ur Rahman will have to take care of the bowling front, however, they could not click in the last match as they gave way for the highest total this IPL season.
RCB’s Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are back in form as their partnership won them their last match against the Delhi Daredevils. RCB’s issue lies in death-over bowling, a crucial part of the game.
“We’re making mistakes in the death overs, but we’ll gradually improve,” said Yuzvendra Chahal.
Two teams led by two ambitious captains who will not back down will be playing on the field tonight. Watch to find out how this fares for either team.