IPL 2019, KXIP vs RCB Match Preview: Virat Kohli looks to break six-match losing streak as Bangalore play Kings XI Punjab in Mohali

Kohli, who was recently named the Leading Cricketer of the year for the third successive time by Wisden Almanack, will hope that fortunes finally knock at the doors of RCB as they need to win all their next eight matches to salvage any hope of making it to the playoff.

Press Trust of India, Apr 13, 2019 10:45:34 IST

Mohali: Gasping for breath after six successive defeats, Virat Kohli led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will look to snap their winless streak and stay afloat when they take on an inconsistent Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in a must-win IPL encounter here on Saturday.

Nothing seems to be going right for RCB, who slumped to their sixth straight loss after going down against Delhi Capitals (DC) in their IPL match last Sunday.

Virat Kohli's RCB have failed to win a single game in IPL 2019 so far. Sportzpics

Virat Kohli's RCB have failed to win a single game in IPL 2019 so far. Sportzpics

Kohli, who was recently named the Leading Cricketer of the year for the third successive time by Wisden Almanack, will hope that fortunes finally knock at the doors of RCB as they need to win all their next eight matches to salvage any hope of making it to the playoff.

RCB have been inconsistent with both their bowling and batting faltering in many occasions.

The RCB bowlers had allowed Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to post a mammoth 232 with centuries from Jonny Bairstow and David Warner before they were skittled out for 113 to lose the match by a massive 118 runs.

Against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), despite AB de Villiers and Kohli scoring 63 and 84 runs respectively, RCB bowlers failed to defend 205 as KKR rode on Andre Russell's explosive knock of 13-ball 48 to romp home.

Yuzvendra Chahal has been their top bowler with nine wickets but rest of the bowling line-up has conceded far too many runs.

RCB's batting too has looked equally inconsistent.

In their first match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK), RCB were bowled out for a paltry 70 in 17.1 overs after their top-order crumbled against Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir.

In their last match against Delhi, barring Kohli's 33-ball 41 and Moeen Ali's 18-ball 32 cameo, RCB's ordinary batting display took the side to a modest 149/8, a target which was easily achieved by DC.

"We need to grab those chances, can't give excuses every day. We just weren't good on the given day. That's the whole story of RCB this season," Kohli had said after the match.

"When you have clarity, you can take your chances better. It hasn't happened so far, and that's the reality."

Punjab, on the other hand, failed to defend 197 against Mumbai Indians (MI) in their last match with Kieron Pollard's knock of 31-ball 83 blowing them away.

Despite the loss, KXIP's batting has done well with opener KL Rahul, who scored an unbeaten century against MI, and Chris Gayle looking in devastating form.

Gayle had felt a twitch in the back in the previous encounter against Mumbai and it remains to be seen if he would be available for Saturday's clash against RCB.

Kings XI also has the likes of David Miller and Mandeep Singh and the side will look forward to some big knocks from them as well.

The pace-spin duo of Mohammed Shami and Ashwin has been KXIP's best bowlers and they would look to put another good show.

Among others, Ankit Rajpoot, Sam Curran, Hardus Viljoen, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and Andrew Tye would also look to provide depth to the Kings XI bowling.

Teams (from):

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya and Tim Southee.

Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (WK), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Karun Nair, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthi, Harpreet Brar, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi.

The match will start at 8 PM and will be shown live on TV by Star Sports Network. The match can also be streamed live on Hotstar.

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Updated Date: Apr 13, 2019 10:45:34 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
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2
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4
Hyderabad
10 5 5 0 10
5
Punjab
11 5 6 0 10
6
Kolkata
11 4 7 0 8
7
Rajasthan
11 4 7 0 8
8
Bangalore
11 4 7 0 8
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