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RCB vs KXIP, IPL 2019 Build-up: Punjab win toss, elect to bowl

RCB vs KXIP, IPL 2019 Build-up: Royal Challengers Bangalore are at home to Kings XI Punjab at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

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RCB vs KXIP, IPL 2019 Build-up: Royal Challengers Bangalore are at home to Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday. (Source: PTI)

RCB vs KXIP, IPL 2019 Build-up: The odds of bottom dwellers Royal Challengers Bangalore of making the playoffs are slim and the wins that they’re picking up now could well make things difficult for the teams which are in contention for the top-four. One of those teams is Kings XI Punjab who will be visiting the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru tonight for Match 42 of IPL 2019.

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RCB have turned things around after six straight defeats to start the season. With three wins in four matches, Virat Kohli-led RCB are keeping themselves in the fight but considering they need four straight wins and are hoping others slip up, the odds are stiff of them making the top-four.

On the other side will be a KXIP side with multiple former RCB players in their midst and returning to a venue where the shorter boundaries means plenty of runs. Of the four KXIP players who will be relishing the opportunity will be Chris Gayle who scored the highest score in IPL history at this venue.

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RCB vs KXIP, IPL 2019 Build-up

TOSS!

Moeen Ali last match

Moeen Ali will play his last IPL game this season today and Kohli had already hinted that the team is keen on giving him the freedom to end on a high.

Moeen Ali last match

Moeen Ali will play his last IPL game this season today and Kohli had already hinted that the team is keen on giving him the freedom to end on a high.

David Miller before the match

What Miller does before the match?

IPL 2019 Points Table

Royal Challengers Bangalore are currently languishing at the bottom position. Kings XI Punjab are at the fifth position.

IPL 2019 Points Table

RCB vs KXIP Stats

Total number of matches played: 23

Matches won by RCB: 11

Matches won by KXIP: 12

Matches played in Bangalore: 10 (RCB 5, KXIP 5)

Matches played in Mohali: 7 (RCB 4, KXIP 3)

RCB average score against KXIP: 159

KXIP average score against RCB: 153

Most runs for RCB: 619 (Virat Kohli)

Most runs for KXIP: 234 (Mandeep Singh)

Most wickets for RCB: 19 (Yuzvendra Chahal)

Most wickets for KXIP: 3 (Ravichandran Ashwin)

Predicted Playing XI

Royal Challengers Bangalore Predicted Playing XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal

Kings XI Punjab Predicted Playing XI: Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, David Miller, Hardus Viljoen/Nicholas Pooran, Sam Curran, Harpreet Brar/Arshdeep Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin (c), Mohammed Shami, Murugan Ashwin,

Head-to-head

The two teams are matched pretty evenly when it comes to head-to-head.

Overall: Matches – 23,Royal Challengers Bangalore – 11, Kings XI Punjab - 12

Pre-match talk: KXIP

Mayank Agarwal on skipper R Ashwin: "Ashwin gets a lot to the table. He is the kind of person who spends a lot of time in thinking, planning and going about understanding each and every person. He goes out to every player, communicates well to them and if there is anything required of the player or if there is a specific role that needs to communicated, he does all of that."

Pre-match talk: RCB

Moeen Ali from the RCB camp on their overdependance on Kohli, AB de Villiers: "I might be a quiet person, but am confident and told myself before I came to RCB that I would like to score runs. I know I can do it, it is just about having the confidence now to do it."

Last night in the IPL

Last night in Chennai, CSK won after two straight losses while SRH lost their first after two consecutive wins. Here's how things panned out at the MA Chidambaram Stadium.

How things stand

Coming into the fixture, Kings XI Punjab are fifth in the IPL standings and a win would take them to fourth unless they win big to go third. Bangalore are bottom and a decent win could take them above RR. 

RCB vs KXIP Live

Hello and Good Afternoon! Welcome to our live blog and continued coverage of the IPL where our focus tonight will be on RCB vs KXIP in Bengaluru.

SQUADS:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, Dale Steyn, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Ray Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee.

Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Karun Nair, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthi, Harpreet Brar, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (WK), Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi.