Match 42 of the IPL sees Royal Challengers Bangalore host Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday with the home side looking to continue their recent improvement.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB were in action at home to the Super Kings on Sunday and they edged a thrilling game by just a single run. RCB posted 161/7 batting first with Parthiv Patel top scoring with 53. CSK had a nightmare start to the chase, losing 4 wickets with just 28 runs on the board during the power play. MS Dhoni refused to throw in the towel, he smashed an unbeaten 84 including 7 maximums. CSK still needed 26 off the final over and Dhoni hit 24 off the first 5 balls before a run out off the last delivery. Dale Steyn returned figures of 2/29 for RCB.
After losing their first 6 matches RCB have won 3 of the last 4 but they remain bottom of the standings.
Their other victories this season came away at the Kings XI (8 wickets) and away at the Knight Riders (10 runs)
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI lost to the Capitals by 5 wickets in Delhi in their most recent outing on Saturday. Chris Gayle’s 69 was the top score in their bat first total of 163/7 but Delhi chased it down with 2 balls to spare.
KXP now have 5 wins and 5 defeats against their name but 4 of those victories came in Mohali. Their only success in 5 away fixtures came against the Royals by a 14 run margin in Match 4.
Head to Head
Matches 23, Kings XI wins 12, RCB wins 11
The teams met in Mohali in Match 28 and RCB won by 8 wickets. Chris Gayle smashed an unbeaten 99 as KXP posted a bat first total of 173/4 but Kohli (67) and de Villiers (59 not out) helped RCB get up with 4 balls to spare for what was their first win of the season.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore 8/10
Kings XI Punjab 21/20
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
RCB defended 161 on this ground last time out but the train of thought was that score was under par. The match result looks tricky but with plenty of firepower in both batting line ups a high scoring game could well be on the cards and we side with 340 runs or more in total across both innings.
Bet: Total Runs In Match, over 339.5 at 17/20