Arun Gopalakrishnan in Mumbai 05 May 2013 - 07:07pm IST
Preview : Match 51 – KXIP vs RCB
RCB power will be put to the test
Royal Challengers Bangalore, who broke their away-matches jinx in their previous outing at Pune, take on Kings XI Punjab in Match 51 of the Pepsi IPL 2013.
RCB are placed second in the standings with seven wins from 11 matches and need to win two more contests to be sure of a place in the Play-Offs. Though Kings XI Punjab have lost their last three matches and are placed mid-table with just four wins from ten matches, they are still definite contenders for a Play-Off spot given they play five of their remaining six matches at home.
Monday, May 6, 2013, 8 p.m
Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali
Mandeep Singh has steadily accumulated runs for Kings XI Punjab at the top of the innings and he will be expected to continue doing the same. But the one who has played the impact innings time and again for KXIP is David Miller; the southpaw is the team’s top run-getter this season with 251 runs – though he has played in only six matches. More importantly, he has scored his runs at breathtaking pace – at a strike-rate of 152. The team will also need runs from skipper David Hussey and Shaun Marsh, who has been a consistent performer over the years.
RCB’s decision to go in with five specialist bowlers has meant they need one of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli or AB de Villiers to play the big innings. All three players have already single-handedly won matches for their team; de Villiers came to the party when he blazed away to a 23-ball half-century in the previous match against Pune Warriors India. Virat Kohli has gone of the boil in recent matches; though he has been hitting the ball well, the RCB skipper has only scored 70 runs in the last five innings. It is about time he comes to the party.
It is five matches apiece in previous meetings between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore. KXIP won the first three meetings between the two teams while RCB won the next three.
In the 2011 season, both teams won their respective home matches while in the following season both teams won their respective away matches.
At this point in time, Kings XI Punjab have played the least number of home games of all the nine teams – 3.
RCB have the best scoring rate of all the nine teams this season – 8.46.
Kings XI Punjab will remain at home and prepare to host the Rajasthan Royals on May 9 while the Royal Challengers Bangalore head to the National capital to take on the Delhi Daredevils on May 10.