Royal challengers Bangalore were the first team to qualify for the playoffs in season 9 of Indian premier league and in this year they are the team to be eliminated first. They have similar team from past but their performances have been deteriorating especially with Bat. Kedar Jadhav is their highest scorer of the tournament who is at number 15th position at top run getter. Now Bangalore have only one work to be a party spoilers and destroy chances of some other teams to the playoffs. They will face Kings XI Punjab at Chinnaswamy, Kings XI Punjab on the other hand have 8 points in 9 games and still have slight of chances of making it to playoffs. Both teams are going to play after a gap of few days and would be looking forward to gain some important points.
Last time they played: this season at Indore when the two teams were against each other, Royal Challengers Bangalore posted a decent total of 148 runs in 20 overs which was chased rather easily. Kings XI Punjab won the match before 15 overs and with eight wickets to spare.
Head to head battle: Kings XI Punjab have slight advantage in head to head battle against RCB. They have won 11 games out of 19 played against each other while only in 8 games Royal Challengers Bangalore went on to win. At Chinnaswamy Kings XI Punjab have won four matches out of eight games played.
Kings XI Punjab: WLWLL
Royal challengers Bangalore: LLLDL
Royal challengers Bangalore: the average changes per match for RCB is three and one can expect more changes in coming matches. As they are out from qualifying, so they can check out their bench strengths by giving players warning the benches chance. Harpreet Singh or Vishnu Vinod could get a game while Chris Gayle is sure to be back in the side as he has phenomenal record against Kings XI Punjab and likes to score at Chinnaswamy. Shane Watson poor form can make way for Samuel Badree again in the team.
Probable XI: Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Chris Gayle/Shane Watson, Travis Head, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh/Harpreet Singh, Pawan Negi, Tymal mills/Samuel Badree, S Aravind, Aniket Chaudhary, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Kings XI Punjab: With 10 wickets victory over Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab bowling looked well settled and is unlikely to have a change in the combination. Eoin Morgan will be unavailable due to national duties where as Matt Henry could get a game in place of a foreign player. Martin Guptill scored a half century in the last match and is likely to be the part of team in absence of Eoin Morgan and David Miller.
Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Hashim Amla, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Axar Patel, wridhimann Saha, Manan Vohra, Mohit Sharma, Varun Aaron, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma.
Players to be in Spotlight:
Virat Kohli: the Indian skipper has not found his timing in IPL so far with a few odd fifties and will be itching to perform a match winning innings. He likes to bat at Chinnaswamy and will be in the Spotlight to perform better.
Martin Guptill: the hard hitting batsman from New-Zealand have found his way in the team and grabbed this opportunity with both hand. With the boundary being small at Chinnaswamy, he will be in the Spotlight to play a big role.
What: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, 5th May, 20:00 IST
Where: M Chinnaswamy, Bangalore
What to expect: clear skies has been forecasted for match day. The pitch of Chinnaswamy remains a mystery and this season the average score have come down to mere 161 runs. Spin will play a major part in the game.
Toss Prediction: team winning the toss will choose to bowl first but Royal Challengers Bangalore can also choose batting first seeing the situation of the pitch.
Match prediction: The momentum is with Kings XI Punjab and are more favorable to win but with the likes of ABD and Kohli you never know.
* Put your bets on the team batting first.
* Match odds for the game are 79-80 KXIP.