Match 8 IPL 2017 (2017-04-10) @ Indore (HCS)
These two sides have won three matches each against each other in the last 3 seasons. Last year RCB won both fixtures. The match in Bangalore was a huge victory where Kohli scored 113 and Gayle 73. In Mohali RCB scraped home by 1 run.
RCB were poor in their first match but bounced back to form in their second. They opted to bat first and set a low below par 157. They changed their overseas player combination replacing the batsman Travis Head with the bowler Billy Stanlake. This gamble paid off as Stanlake took 2 for 29 in his 4 overs.
Kings XI Punjab got off to a winning start against Pune on Saturday. New captain Glenn Maxwell marshalled his predominately Indian attack well. They kept Pune down to a below par 163 in Indore.
The run chase by Punjab was a cruise despite losing regular wickets until Miller got together with Maxwell. The two overseas stars finished the job off. Without appearing to come out of second gear Maxwell scored 44 off 20 balls.
The big question is whether or not Kohli and de Villiers will be available for this match. Shane Watson hinted that this could be the case in his post-match interview on Saturday.
In thin early trading on Betfair RCB are very short at 1.65. The market clearly thinks Kohli and de Villiers will be fit. Even if they do play this is a very short price so I have opposed them on Betfair early.
KXIP choose to play Stoinis as their allrounder and an all Indian specialist bowling attack. This allowed them play Amla, Maxwell and Miller as overseas batsmen. There was no room for Eoin Morgan.
Amla opened with Manan Vohra. Vohra scored 14 from 9. Alma struggled after a good start and was finally out after scoring 28 from 27 balls. Saha scored 13 off 9. They sent Axar Patel up the order and he scored a steady 24 off 22. He provided support for Maxwell as he played himself in.
Maxwell was in supreme form. He cruised to 44 off just 20 balls. He smashed 4 sixes. Miller helped him finished the job off with 30 off 27 with 2 sixes. The in-form Stoinis was not required.
With Amla, Miller and Maxwell all scoring some runs there is no reason to change the batting line up for the next match. If they wanted more power at the top Maxwell could open instead of Amla with Morgan dropping in at 4.
The bowling attack put pressure on the Pune batsmen from the start with Sandeep Sharma dismissing Manyank Angarwal in the first over for a duck. Mohit Sharma opened from the other end and after 5 overs Pune had crawled to 31 for 1.
Axar Patel was tidy getting the wicket of Stokes going for 27 in his 4 overs. New comer Natarajan had a good debut taking 1 for 26 in three overs. Stoinis and Swapnil both provided support each taking a wicket. Stoinis got the vital scalp of in form Steve Smith.
The attack looks balanced and well suited to the Indore pitch. The bowlers worked well as a group and there is no reason to change things.
In the second match RCB played an extra bowler instead of Travis Head. This policy paid off with Billy Stanlake taking 2 for 29 in 4 overs. If Kolhi and de Villiers are both back then there will be some changes to the batting line up.
Kohli will open. If RCB decide they wish to play Stanlake and Mills to strengthen then bowling then Chris Gayle could be replaced by de Villiers as the overseas player. Gayle has been out of form since the CPL in August and only managed 6 against Delhi.
Shane Watson or Mandeep Singh could open with Kohli. At 3 will be de Villiers. The middle order would be Watson or Singh, Jadhav and Stuart Binny. Kedar Jadhav played a great knock against Delhi scoring 69 from 37. Without this their total would have been very short. If Kolhi is fit Vishnu Vinod who was run out after 9 from 5 balls, will make way for him. If neither de Villiers or Kohli play then RCB should keep their winning batting line up from the Delhi match.
The introduction of Billy Stanlake and a dramatic improvement by Shane Watson helped RCB defend 157 against Delhi. The attack was a completely different proposition to the one that lost to the Sunrisers in the first match.
Stanlake took 2 for 29 in his 4 overs. Tymal Mills was good again getting the initial break through at the top of the innings. He ended with 1 for 33 off 4.
In the spin department Yuzvendra Chahal was economical going at 4.75 runs an over. Iqbal Adbulla got 2 wickets but was expensive going for 36 in 3 overs. Pawan Negi was asked to bowl the final over and finished with 3 for 2 off his 1 over.
Shane Watson bowled brilliantly. Against SRH he went wicketless with 3 overs for 41 runs. Against Delhi he was back in form with 1 for 21 off 4 overs. His 19th over that went for just 2 runs, effectively killed the game off. RCB will be hoping he can bowl like this every match.
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