The T20 league (IPL) has now motored-up and now entered the business phase, where everyone will be striving to get to the top of the table. Fir Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Steyn injection into their side has worked like a charm – won 2 consecutive matches and momentum is on their side.
On the other side, KXIP will be having multiple former RCB players in their squad and returning to a venue where the boundaries are short means plenty of runs. The surface on the Bengaluru is shorter and better, so KXIP bowlers need to be very consistent as the openers would be Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. Kings need to repeat the performance they came up with against CSK.
Kohli is predicted to make some changes in his squad. Moeen Ali needs to be used tactfully by the management and perhaps now is the time to play Shivam Dube instead of Akshdeep Nath.
RCB predicted playing XI:
Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal
KXIP predicted playing XI:
Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (wk), Mayank Aggarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Nicholas Pooran/Hardus Viljoen, Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar/Arshdeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin
Prediction for today’s match:
RCB will be looking for the 3rd consecutive win. Chris Gayle storm is predicted to be seen at M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru today.