Royal Challengers Bangalore
After seeing their unbeaten start come to an end, Royal Challengers Bangalore bounced back in their last game, securing a slim, one-run win over Delhi Capitals, for which they have to thank AB de Villiers, whose 42-ball 75 in the first innings had helped KKR recover from 60-3 in 9th over to 171-5 by the end of their quota overs.
They should be slightly worried by the form of their captain Kohli, who has only contributed a single half century in five outings and looks a bit far away from his best.
Meanwhile, RCB have signed New Zealand’s Scott Kuggeleijn as a replacement for Kane Richardson, who is part of the Aussie contingent that has quit IPL and returned home. The Kiwi allrounder is unlikely to feature in this game or if at all as he is merely a backup.
While KKR returned to winning ways in their last game, Punjab Kings did completely the opposite, losing comprehensively to Kolkata Knight Riders after upsetting defending champions Mumbai Indians in their previous game.
It was yet another lethargic batting performance by Punjab as they mustered up just 123 runs batting first against KKR, who had their scare in run chase but eventually got the job done.
The top four, as expected, are the main culprits for Punjab. Chris Gayle, especially is the one who has been misfiring, with only an unbeaten to show after first five outings.
PBKS fans have been calling for the inclusion of world’s top-ranked batsman Dawid Malan, who has so far been left on the bench.