RCB eye playoffs slot in revenge game
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab
4 pm Chinnaswamy Stadium Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore have an uphill task at hand when they face the Kings XI Punjab in a must win game at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
Following the loss to KKR on Sunday, RCB need to win both their remaining games and hope results of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s games are favourable to RCB.
As for the Kings XI Punjab there would be only one man to watch out for and that would be David Miller. Contributions from both Adam Gilchrist and David Hussey, whoever captains KXIP on Tuesday, have been underwhelming in IPL 6. Shaun Marsh hasn’t played one of his big innings this year and Luke Pomersbach struggled to time the ball in his last game.
Miller snatched the game from RCB in Mohali with his 38 ball 101* but Kartik Murali’s superb display in the previous game means the spinner should be confident to probe Miller’s indecisive batting against spin early in his stay.
The Chinnaswamy track still is a batting friendly pitch with the ball coming on nicely to the bat and the bounce being consistent. Where it presents Chris Gayle the opportunity to explore T20 like no batsman has done before, opposition batsmen too can find their timing and balance coming together on this pitch.
Ravi Rampaul, Vinay Kumar and Jaydev Unadkat too will be glad to return to the Chinnaswamy where they have been much more effective. Abhimanyu Mithun will be eager to make amends for his show in Ranchi but it remains to be seen whether Virat goes for a second spinner to partner Kartik Murali.
Punjab have a wonderful pace attack of their own with Praveen Kumar, Parwinder Awana, Sandeep Sharma and Manpreet Gony in the ranks. Young medium pacer Sharma backed up his wonderful 2012-13 Ranji stats with an impressive performance against Hyderabad, picking up 3/21 to restrict Hyderabad to a modest total.
The Sunrisers’ loss in Mumbai gives RCB another chance to reach the playoffs, lose this and a season’s hard work and planning is frittered away. It’s up to Virat Kohli and his men to decide what they want the legacy of this season to be.