RCB vs KXIP Match Prediction: The Sportsrush presents before you the Match Prediction of 42nd match of IPL 2019.
An encounter between two sides that have at their disposal some clean hitting batsmen, revered for their expansive strokeplay, the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab is set to intrigue viewers when the two sides meet once again in the space of 10 days. On a surface cut from the same cloth as the one rendered out in Punjab, this is set to be a humdinger that sees the ball go to the fence at will.
With the Virat Kohli lead Challengers on the up rise, winning two matches on the bounce with wins against CSK and KKR in the previous encounters, the side will be looking to build on their emphatic momentum and make it two wins out of two against Punjab this season.
Elsewhere, coming on the back of a defeat against the Delhi Capitals, the Kings XI Punjab inconsistent showing has left their season in tatters, putting their aspirations of cementing a top 4 finish in tatters.
RCB vs KXIP – What numbers suggest?
Traditionally dominated by the Kings XI Punjab, RCB have been resurgent in this clash in recent times. Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have been in luscious touch against Punjab ever since 2018, taking centrestage to see their side register a three match winning run against Punjab.
In the most recent encounter the two sides met in, the duo had put on an 85 run winning partnership, one which laid down the foundation of an 8 wicket win for their side.
Overall, in the 23 matches the two have met in, Punjab just slightly edge RCB 12-11. The previous five matches have seen RCB decimate Punjab, making short work of them to win 3 of those matches.
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) April 23, 2019
RCB vs KXIP – Key battles
Virat Kohli vs Ravichandran Ashwin
Coming out to open for his side, the onus on Virat Kohli to carry the brunt of the responsibility for his side in unprecedented. If he gets going, anything is possible on a surface that will play to the batsmen’s strengths, allowing them to open their arms and amass a bagful of runs.
However, Kohli has in recent times struggled massively against spin. Punjab are a side known to bring the slower stuff early on and if Kohli can negotiate Ashwin, another tremendous innings from him is within sight.
Yuzvendra Chahal vs Chris Gayle
A player who RCB know all too well, having played for them for quite some time, Kohli will be fully aware of Gayle’s weaknesses. KXIP have faltered owing to their shaky middle-order and with Gayle having a torrid time against spin, expect Chahal to trouble him yet again.
RCB vs KXIP – Match Prediction
Going on recent form, the Challengers hold the upper edge going into the encounter. They’ve come under massive flak for their performance this season but the past couple of matches have seen the side take accountability on themselves to live up to the expectations accorded from them.
With RCB’s entire batting line-up playing to their incredible abilities and KXIP paying the price of not picking up enough specialist and frontline bowlers, we expect this match to be a high scoring encounter, one which will eventually swing RCB’s way at the end of the night.