RCB is one of the top 6 teams in the race to qualify for the play-offs. They have 12 points from as many matches and need to win both of their remaining matches to have a chance to qualify for the play-offs. The team didn’t have the best of starts to the season; they won only two of their first seven matches. But they’ve turned up the heat with some stunning performances in the second half and are now a force to reckon with. In their last two matches, they’ve annihilated the Gujarat Lions – defeating them by a record 144 runs, before chasing down 184 against Kolkata Knight Riders in grand style.
Kings XI Punjab are already out of the race to qualify for the play-offs. KXIP have 4 wins out of the 12 matches played. They too have competed well in the second half of the league stage, but have just not been able to pull the lid on their opponents on occasions. Among their most-recent matches, they’ve lost to Kolkata Knight Riders by 9 runs, lost to RCB by 1 run and most-recently lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last over. KXIP have an opportunity to settle scores with RCB for that agonising defeat at Mohali. Can Murali Vijay and company go just that little further on Wednesday?
18 May 2016, 2000 Hrs IST
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Temperature: Max 25°c, Min 24°c
Humidity: Max 91%
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Possible XI: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Chris Jordan, KL Rahul (wk), Sachin Baby, Yuzvendra Chahal, Iqbal Abdulla, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Chris Gayle, Sreenath Aravind.
Kings XI Punjab
Possible XI: Murali Vijay (c), Marcus Stoinis, Manan Vohra, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Gurkeerat Singh, Axar Patel, Mitchell Johnson, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma.
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