Every game is a knock-out for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) because of a horrible start they made to the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. Virat Kohli and his men have won the last two including one on the last ball against Chennai which gave us an insight on why they tend to lose the plot on important occasions of the game. Their opponents in match 42 of IPL 12 are the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) who are in danger of falling behind if they do not pick themselves up in the crucial juncture of the competition. They are in double figures in the points table which gives the cushion to kick on from here. Here we list the five players that can have the maximum impact for their respective games. RCB vs KXIP Head-to-Head Record: Ahead of IPL 2019 Clash, Here Are Match Results of Last 5 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab Encounters!
Dale Steyn (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
The South African legend has given Bangalore the much-needed lift their failing squad desperately needed. He picks up crucial wickets in the powerplays and is an inspiration for the young Indian pacers in the team. His dual with Chris Gayle is getting the fans excited as pitches the best against the best.
Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
The World’s best batsman despite lacking consistency already has a hundred and a few fifties to his credit in the ongoing season. If Virat Kohli bats for long on the flat Bangalore wicket, we can be rest assured RCB will be inching towards a huge score. His decision-making skill in the last two games have also been admired a lot which is good news for India considering the World Cup isn’t far away.
AB de Villiers (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Mr 360 is the key figure in the Royal Challengers Bangalore middle order but has hardly clicked this season. De Villiers is expected to dominate the opposition spinners in the post powerplay periods when the team really needs a push on. If RCB are to accelerate, ABD must have a good day at the office.
KL Rahul (Kings XI Punjab)
KL Rahul has the technique not only to see off Steyn but also dominate him in the initial phase of the game. Rahul is a crucial member of this Punjab batting unit and can destroy the opposition bowlers if he gets set. His partnership with Chris Gayle will define how Punjab fares in this contest.
Ravichandran Ashwin (Kings XI Punjab)
From keeping the opposition batsmen quite to picking up wickets in addition to all the planning and plotting for the game, Ravi Ashwin has a lot of roles to play against Bangalore. He has led his team with an example showcasing how with little resources one can churn out results in the Indian Premier League.
The game is a must-win for both these sides so it will be interesting to see how the players respond to the crunch situation. Some of the biggest names in T20 cricket will take field which is always good for the viewers.