IPL 2017, RCB v KXIP, preview: With Eoin Morgan out, can KXIP still make amends at Bangalore?

Indian Premier League 2017: RCB v KXIP: Four wins from Kings XI's remaining five games could be enough for a spot in the playoffs

Its all to play for Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore have a chance to play party poopers as they do not have a chance of making the playoffs. But with Eoin Morgan out of the side, it will be tough for KXIP to oust RCB, who may play Chris Gayle today. By the looks of it RCB will go for broke as they have nothing to lose. Virat Kohli could use these matches as a practice pad for the Champions Trophy which starts next month. When the two teams met last time around, AB de Villiers smashed a sensational 46-ball 89 yet Kings XI thrashed Royal Challengers when the teams met in Indore earlier in the season.

Kings XI Punjab have beaten Royal Challengers Bangalore 11 times in 19 games in the IPL. The results have been split equally in their eight meetings at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

With just two wins from 11 games, Royal Challengers have been eliminated from playoffs contention. Four wins from Kings XI’s remaining five games could be enough for a spot in the playoffs.

KXIP would be hoping Amla and Maxwell come to the party at Bangalore.

Likely XIs

Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1 Virat Kohli (capt), 2 Chris Gayle, 3 AB de Villiers, 4 Kedar Jadhav (wk), 5 Shane Watson, 6 Mandeep Singh, 7 Stuart Binny, 8 Pawan Negi, 9 Adam Milne/Samuel Badree, 10 S Aravind, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal

Kings XI Punjab: 1 Hashim Amla, 2 Martin Guptill, 3 Shaun Marsh, 4 Manan Vohra, 5 Glenn Maxwell (capt), 6 Wriddhiman Saha (wk), 7 Axar Patel, 8 Sandeep Sharma, 9 Mohit Sharma, 10 Varun Aaron, 11 T Natarajan