Kings XI Punjab whose last two games were decided o the basis of D/L method and in both game they are on the loosing side, so now they will hope for at least full game to show their batting class and their capability.
In the first rain washed game they lost the game to Delhi Daredevils by 10 wickets and in next game Kolkata Knight Riders declared winner by 11 runs. But they will hope for better luck this time when they take on struggling Royal Challenger Bangalore in Kingsmead, Durban.
Kings XI Punjab batsman’s are in prime form as we have seen in last two games. However their main concern is their bowling department which looks weaker than all team in the competition. Except Irfan Pathan no one has that much experience or fire power to restrict the opposition. So they will rely heavily on their batsman to put huge runs on the board.
On the other hand, Royal Challengers Bangalore started their journey in style by comprehensively beating defending Champions Rajasthan Royals by 75 runs, but since then are suffering from lack of consistency.
Royal Challengers Skipper Kevin Pietersen is really struggling with the bat and from his team points of view he needs to come good as quickly as possible. Apart from K.Pietersen all eye will be on Jaques Kallis who has also not performed well up to his reputation.
Rahul Dravid is in prime form and he needs to continue so, for his team and for himself. With the team management sticking with Robin Uthappa behind the wickets, instead of South African Mark Boucher, Uthappa needs to deliver at the top for his team to post a good total on the board or to chase down stiff target.
Likely Playing XI for both teams (Match is schedule to begin at 20:00 PM India Time on 24th Of April)
Royal Challenger Bangalore: Jesse Ryder, Robin Uthappa (WK), J.Kallis, Kevin Pietersen (Captain), Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Balachandra Akhil, Praveen Kumar, R Vinay Kumar, Anil Kumble, Dale Steyn.
Kings XI Punjab: R.Bopara, Karan Goel, Irfan Pathan, Yuvraj Singh (Captain), K.Sangkara (WK), M.Jayawardne, P.Chawla, T.Kohli, V.R.V Singh, V.Malik, Y.Abdulla.