RCB look to break away from mid-table jam | PunterPolls Prediction
Royal Challengers Bangalore finally scored away points, their first in five games on the road in IPL 2013, against Pune Warriors on Thursday. While the winning margin of 17 runs seemed comfortable enough in the end, Royal Challengers must have been worried as Robin Uthappa had a feisty go at the target of 188. To remove all remaining doubts, for themselves, the fans and the experts, they would have to score again in Mohali.
Apart from the psychological benefits of consecutive away victories, it's imperative that they win to allow themselves a bit of a cushion on the points table. Royal Challengers currently sit at No. 2 with 14 points from 11 games. But Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals all have the same numbers too. With five games to go in the group stages, Royal Challengers will want to break away from the pack without much delay.
Kings XI Punjab sit just outside of that mid-table cluster, with eight points from 10 games. With nine wins being the number widely agreed upon as the number required to stand a serious chance of making the playoffs, they must win five of their remaining six matches. While Royal Challengers - with the likes of Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli all having delivered at different times in this tournament - might seem like a daunting challenge for the relatively low-profile Kings XI, they can take heart from their previous two showings. After almost pulling off a giant-killing in Mumbai, they were spirited in their chase of 187 at Chepauk. Now, back at home in Mohali, they will be hoping to finally close out a game. Time is running out for them, and they can't afford any more almost-theres.PunterPolls Prediction
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Kings XI Punjab v Royal Challenger Banglore, Kings XI have lost couple of close games while chasing the big target and everyone does have a hope that they will be able to pull this time. But everyone is ignoring most important factor that Mohali ground and pitch is more or less similar to the Banglore. Ground is small and pitch is super good for batsmen.
We are expecting big inning from Gayle or Kohli today. But again we have seen the Chennai v Mumbai match yesterday where pitch has dramatically behaved as compare to previous matches. Reason behind, we generally ignores while watching the match that every ground has at least 6 pitches and we don't know on which pitch the match is being played. So, today might be different track.
Our experts believe that chasing on this track shouldn't be that difficult for any teams as both teams does have some good finisher players. But if we need to ask to pick one team we would like to go with Royal Challenger Banglore.
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Match 51: Kings XI v RCB, 6 May
- Royal Challenger Banglore (67% Votes)
- Kings XI (33% Votes)