A team wanting to make it to the knockout stage of the IPL can only afford a few horror matches in the season. Royal Challengers Bangalore have already had a couple of them, one after the other, early in their season. A campaign that started with encouraging wins now needs to shake off the bad inertia. It can only be a good thing that they face Kings XI Punjab, the strongest team on current form, next; win this and get the anaesthetic you need to numb the wounds from last two losses.
It doesn't sound easy and it's going to be even more difficult in reality. After two good wins, question marks have now been pasted all over on Royal Challengers' batsmen. It now seems that only the inclusion of Chris Gayle can perk the team up. However, there is still no conclusive news on his fitness. Irrespective of Gayle's availability, the rest of the batsmen, especially the middle order, will need to shrug off the uncertainty that has set in. Royal Challengers' bowling is better placed at the moment and they are likely to bring back the impressive Varun Aaron after resting him from the previous game.
What our expert think about the game? Read on...
Kings XI Punjab with 100% track record in this edition of IPL will take on Royal Challengers who has won 50% matches they played so far. KXIP batsmen dominated in the first 3 matches and then bowlers back-up when their batsmen failed in the game against the KKR.
Both teams been supported by 50% Punters so far and this looks very genuine to us as this match is very crucial for struggling RCB. As far as Punjab is concern, they shouldn't take this match very lightly and we are sure that they won't do, since tournament will only get tougher its progresses. RCB's flop show against the Royals have made them desperate to win this game as well. And since this is the last couple of days in the tournament before they move on they will try every trick under their belt to win this game.
Match ODDs are even too and this make prediction process more difficult. So we have decided to go with the chasing team. Reason is, both teams do have very good batting line-up.
18th match - Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challengers Bangalore, April 28, 2014
- Royal Challengers Bangalore (50% Votes)
- Kings XI Punjab (50% Votes)