IPL 2018: KXIP Vs RCB Match Preview, Prediction


The RCB skipper minced no words to say that his team would go all out to win their remaining matches, being in a "nothing-to-lose zone".

Only Sunrisers Hyderabad, with 18 points so far, have guaranteed themselves a place in the play-offs. The key on such small grounds is to keep going for the big hits even if wickets fall - as Kolkata did successfully - and for that to happen, the teams will need the others to step up. And its all over!

After losing back to back games, they will be pumped and would look to seal this match, which not only will take them closer to the playoffs, but also knock RCB out of the tournament. 12 runs scored off the over.

The skipper further added that his team can chase down any target. Only three run off the over. When he returned to the field in the 16th over, he was smashed for two fours and two sixes by Karthik. 11 runs off the over. Showing massive respect for Kohli, ABD called him "a force of nature at the crease" in his column for a leading daily. He remained unbeaten on 40 off just 22 deliveries scoring at a strike rate of 181.82 which was higher than that of Kohli.

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WICKETS! RCB have made a strong comeback with two wickets in one over. 4 runs off the over. In his final over, he removed Andrew Tye, a top-edge that flew behind to Patel. Umesh Yadav removes him for a duck! He will also have the responsibility of stopping KXIP openers Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. 8 runs off the over 8:56 pm: KXIP 70/5 after 11 overs A slow over for Punjab. Moeen Ali has been fantastic with the ball in the two games he has played too. However, Punjab managed to reach 214/8, falling short by 31 runs. They lost four wickets totally. Stoinis was new to the crease and Chahal made a decision to throw in a googly to him. With 3 wickets down, KXIP were looking to build a partnership with the two Australians, Finch, and Stoinis at the crease. On the flip side, they recalled Marcus Stoinis to bolster a batting line-up that had Axar Patel at No. 6 on Saturday. Four runs off the over. The Jamaican enjoyed a couple of hits before being caught at deep square leg by Mohammed Siraj in the fifth over. He started his stint with his new franchise in sensational form, smashing three fities and a century in his first five games, but has scored only 8, 1 and 21 in his three innings since. Rahul and Gayle are at the crease.

For KXIP, Rahul has been in a different league with five half-centuries and a strike-rate of 162 plus and an average of almost 60. U Yadav will open the attack. Although a meekly chance, mathematically RCB can still make it to Playoffs for that, a win today is a must. Their Bowling side has started to show some cracks as well.

India and Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli has admitted that it's always an "honour" when he gets the opportunity to bat with South Africa's AB de Villiers.