While few teams have already stabilised on the top of points table, few teams languishing in the middle and bottom half of points tally are still struggling to move up. Team like RCB is still very much in race and a win today will take them a spot above. Kings XI Punjab are already out of contention and they can play for pride or play as 'party spoilers'.
On one hand Royal Challengers Bangalore would seek to consolidate their position in top four, on the other hand Kings XI would like to end their losing streak. It has been more than two weeks they won their last match - that too ended in a tie against RR but Kings XI Punjab nailed it with a win in the super over.
Seven losses from nine matches have ended Kings XI Punjab's chances to make it to the play offs. They could just play for pride now. Hopefully the team strives hard to clinch some wins before they end their campaign this year.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have four wins in their pocket and one point from a rain affected match. Virat Kohli and his team can be more confident at home which is more suitable for big hitters like Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers and Virat himself. An interesting stat about M Chinnaswamy stadium - overall 70% runs scored here are from fours and sixes. Proves to be a difficult venue for the bowlers.
In their last outing against CSK, RCB bowlers managed to restrict strong batting line up of CSK to a modest total. But RCB in return crumbled under pressure. Virat would regret that loss as the target wasn't too big. A win was in sight till the time he was on the crease. He would like to forget that horrendous batting display from his team mates and move on.
RCB has suddenly seen a great improvement in their bowling front - thanks to Mitchell Starc. Even in the last match his bowling figures were - four overs, three wickets - 24 runs! Absolutely brilliant from a T20 perspective.
It would be a good contest between the likes of Sandeep Sharma and Axar Patel bowling against Gayle and AB de Villiers.