IPL 2018 KXIP vs RCB Match Preview and Predicted XI; Punjab ready to arrest worrying bowling slide of Bangalore

IPL 2018 KXIP vs RCB Match Preview and Predicted XI; Punjab ready to arrest worrying bowling slide of Bangalore
Written by Abhishek Lohia

Royal Challengers Bangalore will take action against Kings XI Punjab, in the Indian Premier League match on Monday. Kings XI Punjab is third in the table with 12 points, while Royal Challengers are struggling at the bottom of the table. Although in IPL, there always seems a strange turnaround at the end of the tournament and the Bangalore team, led by Virat Kohli will try to put pressure on Punjab. With the brilliant half-centuries of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, Bangalore chased easily against Delhi Daredevils. On the other hand, Sunil Narine and Dinesh Karthik made a huge score of 245 runs against the KXIP Bowlers. Both the teams depend heavily on their batting order, and Bangalore’s responsibility is on the shoulders of Indian Skipper Virat Kohli and Ab-De-Villiers, while KXIP is dependent on Lokesh Rahul (537 runs) and Chris Gayle (332 runs).

Ashwin’s performance is a serious issue for KXIP?

However, both teams have been disappointed with their bowling on several times. Andrew Tye, the best bowler for Punjab so far, has been surprised everyone by taking 20-wickets haul (with an economy rate of just eight), while the young mysterious spinner Mujib-ur-Rehman has taken 14 wickets so far, where his economy rate is 6.99 per over. KXIP is concern about Captain R Ashwin’s inconsistent form, has picked only six wickets in 11 matches with 8.13 runs per over.

AB-De-Villers v Andrew Tye

Andrew Tye is leading on the Purple cap chart thus far, and his skilful variations in T20 cricket almost always find him among the wickets. Ashwin has often brought on Ankit Rajpoot/Mohit Sharma and along with Mujeeb in the starting overs. AB de Villiers, back in the form after a splendid inning against DD at Firoz Shah Kotla will have his task cut-out against the clever variations and short balls of Tye. AB had a great contest against KXIP last time, scored 89 off 46 balls at the same ground despite us falling short.

RCB Expected XI– Parthiv Patel (wk)/Manan Vohra, Quinton de Kock, Virat Kohli (capt), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Colin de Grandhomme/ Moeen Ali, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj

KXIP Expected XI- KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Karun Nair, Mayank Agarwal/ Akshdeep Nath, Manoj Tiwary, Aaron Finch, Axar Patel, R Ashwin (C), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

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Abhishek Lohia

Abhishek Lohia was a Sports and Political Writer working for Newsfolo and is no longer associated with the organization.

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