RCB vs KXIP match preview Highlights:
- RCB and KXIP will take on each other on April 24, Wednesday in match number 24 of the Indian Premier League at 8:00 pm IST with the toss and team news at 7:30 pm
- The two sides had last met each other in Punjab were Kohli’s side has comprehensively defeated Punjab by 8 wickets with an 85-run match-winning stand between Kohli and AB de Villiers. RCB have defeated Punjab in the side’s previous 3 matches.
- RCB go into the match having defeated CSK by the 1 run while Punjab slumped to a 5-wicket defeat against Delhi at the Feroz Shah Kotla
RCB vs KXIP match preview
Three wins in the last four matches, and with Virat Kohli functioning much better as a leader, his side has started reaping the rich rewards of it. Finally living up to the expectations accorded from them, the Royal Challengers have started hitting their stride, marauding their way past teams in recent time to make it two wins out of two in their last two encounters against KKR and CSK.
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Meanwhile, for Punjab, this season has been one filled with ups and downs. Lack of consistency and ability to hit a winning spree has seen them slump shambolically, leaving their campaign in tatters. The lack of specialist batsmen in the middle-order and frontline pacers is coming back to maul the side, something that was evident in their previous encounter at the Feroz Shah Kotla as well.
With Punjab being comprehensively defeated by 8 wickets on the back of a clinical batting display by RCB the last time these two sides had met, this match is all about rectifying those mistakes for them. The team combination needs a relook at, with Sam Curran one player who’ll be in the risk of losing his spot. Ever since his hattrick against Delhi, he’s managed to return wicketless in the 18 overs he’s sent down in the league, something that has costed his side massively.
RCB vs KXIP match preview
The batting department is another area of massive concern for the side. Apart from the opening partnership of Gayle and Rahul, no one has been interested in stabilising the unit with irresponsible and murky shots crumbling the side way too often.
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In the dramatic land of the IPL, Virat Kohli can finally for one not worry about his team selection. It picks itself with Kohli known not to tinker around too much with a winning combination. As their players have started settling into their groove, we expect RCB to come out on top of this match in what will be a 180 plus encounter.
RCB vs KXIP match preview – Key Battles
Virat Kohli Vs Ashwin
Coming out to open for his side, the onus on Virat Kohli to carry the brunt of the responsibility for his side in unprecedented. If he gets going, anything is possible on a surface that will play to the batsmen’s strengths, allowing them to open their arms and amass a bagful of runs.
However, Kohli has in recent times struggled massively against spin. Punjab are a side known to bring the slower stuff early on and if Kohli can negotiate Ashwin, another tremendous inning from him is within sight.
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Chris Gayle vs Yuzvendra Chahal
A player who RCB know all too well, having played for them for quite some time, Kohli will be fully aware of Gayle’s weaknesses. KXIP have faltered owing to their shaky middle-order and with Gayle having a torrid time against spin, expect Chahal to trouble him yet again.
RCB vs KXIP match preview – Probable XI
RCB: Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav
KXIP: Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar, Murugan Ashwin, Hardus Viljoen, Mohammed Shami