Two men with plenty of IPL experience, Michael Lumb, as a player, and Mark Butcher, with a watching brief, join Matt Floyd in the studio. A fan in the crowds breached the security and reached the Indian skipper Virat Kohli to get himself a selfie clicked with the legend. RCB on the other hand will enter this game without the weight of expectation and could actually give a fight in tonight's game. Track the match here with our scorecard.
What time does the IPL 2018 match, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) match start? But the second half of the season has been a stark contrast with only one win in their last five games. Given the new ball, the wrist-spinner removed Prithvi Shaw (2) and Jason Roy (12) with two stunning deliveries, the latter completely undone by a wrong-un. Apart from the duo, Mandeep Singh has been impressive having scored 245 runs so far but the others have been inconsistent.
Lokesh Rahul (66) hit his third successive half-century in the chase but the rest of the Punjab top order fell against Andre Russell (3-41). KL Rahul and Chris Gayle. A quickfire 50 from Gayle can change the complexion of the game.
However, both teams have been disappointed with their bowling on several times.
Bowling unit is carried on the shoulders of Andrew Tye and Mujeeb ur Rahman who have 20 and 14 wickets respectively while no other bowler has left an impact for the team. We back them to qualify for the playoffs and this result would really help them to achieve that.
It was a logical move to bring back Aaron Finch against KKR on Saturday even through the Aussie had been out of touch but that batting still looks light with Axar Patel coming in at six. I wanted to finish it with three overs to spare and get the net run rate up. But their 57-run partnership was finally ended by Russell, who got the prized wicket of Gayle for 21. The skipper showed his tremendous wrist work, clearing the short Kotla boundaries at will and taking the game away from Delhi.
But the tourists were in no mood to let the Aussies settle down as leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal broke through the defence of Stoinis. Washington Sundar's inexperience (economy rate of 9.60 with 4 wickets from 7 games) and Pawan Negi's profligacy (economy rate of 12.25 in 2 games) have RCB's chances.
Cape Town - Indian captain Virat Kohli says it is an honour to bat with South African superstar and Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate, AB de Villiers.