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Royals Challengers vs Kings XI Punjab

 

Coach Daniel Vettori has hinted they might retain the same lineup as they did in the first match, reports Cricbuzz. I don't know why season after season they want to bat opposition out rather than having a balanced squad. Aaron Finch has joined the squad but will he get a game? Possible but doubtful.


 

It will be interesting to see the squad changes that will happen in the tonight's game. Coach has mentioned they will persist with five bowler theory. Does that mean the squad will not change? Well, not necessarily. Seeing the stats of last match, here is list of poor performers.

 

Kings XI Punjab:

 

Worst bowling performance : Axar Patel(3-0-35-1 econ: 11.67)

Worst batting performance: Yuvraj Singh(12(22) SR: 54.55)

 

But, will they be replaced? Not sure and highly doubtful. Both of these are match winners and they shall be given more chances. They may field the same squad. Aaron finch has joined the squad and if has to get a look in, one of miller or stoinis may be out. Who will that be?  Miller has higher chance of facing the axe as Marcus provide an all rounder option and had better strike rate than Miller in the last match.

 

Probable XI for Kings XI:

Mayank Agarwal/ Finch

KL Rahul

Yuvraj Singh

Karun Nair

David Miller/Manoj Tiwary

Marcus Stoinis

Axar Patel

Ashwin

Mohit Sharma

Andrew Tye

Mujeeb Ur Rahman

 

Or maybe they will directly replace Miller with Finch at number 5.


 

RCB:

Worst Bowling performance: Washington Sundar

Worst Batting Performance: For batsmen who played over 10 balls Virat Kohli scored 31 off 33 deliveries something which is not expected out of a batting heavy top order. So he stands to be termed the worst performer in first match.

 

They might not want to replace washington sundar as well as Virat as of now but they might look to replace Quinton De Kock with Parthiv Patel. They can bring in Tim Southee or colin de grandhomme based on their analysis off last match. If they play with same team, they have some issues to address. Still coach has hinted they might retain, so we believe it. The players in bold are the ones who will get a chance for sure. Remember while making your fantasy league teams.

 

Brendon McCullum,

Quinton de Kock (wk)

Virat Kohli (c)

AB de Villiers

Sarfaraz Khan

Mandeep Singh

Chris Woakes

Washington Sundar

Yuzvendra Chahal  

Kulwant Khejroliya

Umesh Yadav


 

Our dream 11 team: Will update this closer to the match.




 

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