IPL 2014 Preview: KXIP Vs RCB
After a string of four successive victories, Kings XI Punjab faces one of their biggest test in Royal Challengers Bangalore later today. RCB's form has dipped of late, as they have lost their two previous matches, hence it is imperative to register a win for RCB and climb up the table, where they currently possess only four points compared to Punjab's eight.
Both the teams have a
strong looking batting order. For RCB, they have a strong middle and
lower middle order, which includes Virat Kohli
, Yuvraj Singh
, AB de
Villiers and Morkel, but they have not yet hit top gear, which is a
concern. They also look fragile and weak in the opening slot in the
absence of Chris Gayle
. Nevertheless, Parthiv Patel has done decently
well as an opener.
On the other hand, Kings
has tremendous players in their batting line up. Starting
with their opener, they have a destroyer in Sehwag, though his form
has been disappointing. But, if the batsman clicks for a solitary
game, he can change the course of the game in a matter of balls.
But, it is the batting
exploits of Glenn Maxwell that has been the talk of the town. He has
played an instrumental role in Punjab's winning form this season.
Bailey and Miller have contributed with the bat as well, when
So with such kind of
batsmen in the offing, it is the bowlers of the respective teams,
which needs to be on their toes all the time. Kings XI has a weaker
bowling line up, where Mitchell Johnson is the sole world class
bowlers, while bowlers such as Balaji, Maxwell, Patel make up the
The same cannot be said
for RCB, as they have a superior bowling line up with Rampaul, Starc,
Dinda and Albie Morkel forming the core structure, supported by other
bowlers as well. So, one can deduce that the team, which bowls well
on the day could turn out to be victorious.