Royal Challengers Bangalore have a tough task in hand as they play the most prolific team of IPL 2014, Kings XI Punjab later tonight. Kohli led team, RCB have lost four of the seven fixtures played so far, while Kings XI Punjab have only lost once in the competition, putting them atop the standings table.
One needs to give credit to Glenn Maxwell for Kings XI performance, as he has destroyed bowling attacks with his batting exploits. He has amassed 435 runs with a strike rate of above 200. It is his consistent batting performances, which has really impressed all and sundry. Apart from Maxwell, Bailey, Sehwag and David Miller has been equally destructive. So without a shadow of doubt, it is their batting line up, which looks the strongest.
Hence, if RCB is to win the match, their bowlers needs to contain these batsmen. They would depend on the Aussie paceman, Starc to dislodge Maxwell along with Bailey, who all are members of the Australian side, so the bowler must have bowled a number of times to these batsmen during the nets session. But, Starc needs to be supported well by other bowlers such as Dinda, Aaron, Chahal etc.
Still, one cannot discount RCB for they also possess some of the best batsmen in the modern game, capable of destroying any attack. A team comprising of AB de Villiers, Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle will not be taken lightly by any team, irrespective of the form, for these players just need a few sightings to strike the ball cleanly, which they are easily capable.
With such powerful batting line up on either side, it is the bowlers who would hold the key to victory. Like the RCB bowlers, it is the Punjab bowlers, who needs to bowl the ball in the right areas to control the likes of Gayle, Kohli etc.
It is primarily the batsmen that have been doing wonders for Punjab, hence their bowling has not been tested much. Kohli and his comrades need to take advantage of the situation and attack their bowlers right from the outset and unsettle their bowlers. Punjab does not have many world class bowlers, apart from Mitchell Johnson, who would be under huge pressure if the batsmen fail to perform.