Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kings XI Punjab by 17 runs to win their fourth match of the tournament. Winning the toss, Ravichandran Ashwin elected to bowl and RCB posted a big total of 202 runs with standout performances from AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis and Parthiv Patel. RCB now challenges Kolkata Knight Riders of their sixth spot by climbing on to number seven. ABD was declared the man of the match.
RCB will have Moeen Ali and Parthiv Patel opening the batting, followed by Virat Kohli and Ab de Villiers. Virat can also open the batting if required. Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandomme and Marcus Stoinis form the middle order. With Dayle Steyn in the squad, RCB will get a lot of firepower in their side. Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini will be the other specialist bowlers.
Punjab will be cashing in on the hard-hitting of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. Sam Curran will be someone to watch out for, both with the ball and the bat. Mayank Agarwal and Mandeep Singh are the key components to the middle order and KXIP will hope that they fire. Mohammad Shami is likely to be the strike pacer for Punjab while Ravichandran Ashwin and Murugan Ashwin will be key to slow the run flow.
KXIP are currently on the fifth position on the IPL points table with 10 points in 10 matches. RCB on the other hand are at the bottom of the table with six points in 10 matches.