We are into the fourth week of the Indian Premier League, the excitement and thrill have been sky-rocketing high. As we move to the weekend action, Kings XI Punjab is set to host the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 28th fixture of the IPL 2019. Kings XI Punjab will look to bring their campaign back on track with another win while the visitors are still searching for their first victory of this season. An intriguing contest is on the cards when these two giants will battle it out at Mohali.

Kings XI Punjab started their campaign on an impressive note just like last season, but they have to be consistent if they want to book their playoff berth. Ashwin & Co. are having a topsy-turvy tournament so far as they have won four games and lost three in the process. They are currently lying at the fourth spot in the points table with eight league points. Kings XI Punjab lost another thrilling contest against Mumbai Indians where Kieron Pollard’s heroics blew them away. The hosts would be eyeing to register another win when they host the down and out, Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore have had the worst start in the history of the Indian Premier League. Having lost all their six league games, RCB is languishing at the bottom of the points table. Virat Kohli must be disappointed both with his performance and his team’s poor run in the tournament. Despite having matchwinners like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Marcus Stoinis in their ranks, RCB lacks depth in their team, be it in batting or bowling or even in the fielding department. However, the visitors would be hoping to land a counterpunch heading into another must-win fixture.

 

GAME DETAILS

 

Date: Saturday, April 13, 2019

Time: 08:00 PM IST

Venue: Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali

League: Indian Premier League

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

 

 

Venue Stats IPL

 

Total matches- 51

Matches won batting first- 23

Matches won bowling first- 28

Average 1st Inns scores-165

Average 2nd Inns scores- 154

Highest total recorded- 240/5 (20 Ov) by CSK vs KXIP

Lowest total recorded- 67/10 (17.1 Ov) by DC vs KXIP

Highest score chased- 194/6 (20 Ov) by KXIP vs DCG

Lowest score defended-  106/6 (10 Ov) by KXIP vs RCB

 

Head to head

 

Total – 22

KXIP – 12

RCB- 10 

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Kings XI Punjab

  • Ashwin can bring in another bowler to strengthen their bowling attack.

Sunrisers Hyderabad

  • Dale Steyn has joined the RCB squad in place of Nathan Coulter-Nile.
  • Umesh Yadav might be brought back in the playing XI to replace Md. Siraj.

 

SQUADS

 

Kings XI Punjab

Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Karun Nair, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot, Hardus Viljoen, Arshdeep Singh, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthy, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli (C), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Washington Sundar, Parthiv Patel, Navdeep Saini, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Akshdeep Nath, Umesh Yadav, Pawan Negi, Kulwant Khejroliya, Shimron Hetmyer, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Tim Southee, Heinrich Klaasen, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prayas Ray Barman, Devdutt Padikkal, Milind Kumar, Marcus Stoinis.

 

KEY PLAYERS

 

Kings XI Punjab

  • Lokesh Rahul
  • Chris Gayle
  • Sam Curran

Royal Challengers Bangalore

  • Virat Kohli
  • AB de Villiers
  • Yuzi Chahal

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Kings XI Punjab

Chris Gayle, KL Rahul (WK), Karun Nair / Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed Shami.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Tim Southee, Pawan Negi, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj / Umesh Yadav.