RCB vs KXIP: How to pick the winning Dream11?
Royal Challengers Bangalore will be aiming to produce the goods against an inconsistent Kings XI Punjab in match number 42 of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Bottom-placed RCB beat KKR and CSK to get some positive form flowing. Fans, who are playing Dream11, will be looking to pick the winning team. We decode the same here.
Kohli, Gayle power the batting unit
We go for veteran Chris Gayle and Parthiv Patel as the openers of this Dream11 team. Gayle (vice-captain) has been in splendid touch with the bat. Virat Kohli comes in next and he gets the captaincy nod. The 30-year-old will be crucial for RCB's advancements. The middle order sees Mayank Agarwal and David Miller lend support. A lot will depend on the two players.
Ali, Ashwin are the two all-rounders
Moeen Ali is set to play his final match before leaving for the ODIs against Pakistan. The Englishman will be a vital asset for RCB at the death with his impressive cameos. R Ashwin lends support as the second all-rounder of this side.
A look at the bowling unit
Dale Steyn leads the bowling attack. He has made the difference for RCB since joining the side. The veteran fast bowler gets able support from Navdeep Saini. The RCB pacer has been consistent for the team. Yuzvendra Chahal comes in as the main spinner in this side. He is joined by experienced in-form pacer Mohammed Shami. Altogether, the bowling unit looks solid.
Predicted Playing XI and possible winner
Predicted RCB starting XI: Kohli (captain), Parthiv (wicket-keeper), ABD, Moeen, Stoinis, Akshdeep, Negi, Saini, Steyn, Chahal and Umesh. Predicted KXIP starting XI: Gayle, Rahul (wicket-keeper), Mayank, Miller, Mandeep, Ashwin captain), Curran, Brar, Viljoen, Murugan, Shami. We feel RCB might pull this off at home. The presence of Steyn adds so much to their bowling. For KXIP, a lot revolves around Rahul and Gayle.