Monday, May 13, 2013

IPL 6: Royal Challengers Bangalore hope for turnaround at home against Kings XI Punjab today


With a question-mark hanging over their play-off chances, Royal Challengers Bangalore return to the comfort of home settings as they clash with Kings XI Punjab in a crucial Pepsi IPL match on Tuesday.

Four defeats in their last six matches have landed them in a situation where they must win their penultimate contest, otherwise not only they will have to win their last match but also pray that results of some other matches go their way.

Bangalore have played their last six matches away from home and returning to familiar conditions, where they have not lost a single match, would be a comforting factor.

The last time they played at Chinnaswamy Stadium was on April 23 when they trounced Pune Warriors by 130 runs, in the match where Chris Gayle scored 175 not out.

Their recent five-wicket defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders in Ranchi on a very slow pitch hurt them badly as it gave SunRisers Hyderabad a chance to snatch fourth position from them.

And RCB are now playing opponents who pulled the rug from under their feet, courtesy David Miller\'s 38-ball 101 in Mohali.

RCB captain Virat Kohli would expect Chris Gayle to explode with the bat in this game as the West Indian has been quiet in last few matches.

For Gayle, Chinnaswamy has been a happy hunting ground as he has scored 427 runs here out of the 603 scored this season.

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