Date & Time: Friday, August 23, 19:00 IST
Venue: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India
Tug of war for the top spot
SL are placed at the top of the table now and BT, second. A win tonight for either of the teams will take them comfortably to the top though it might be temporary. With just a bunch of games to go, this will be an extremely important fixture. This will also be the last game in Bengaluru this season. The Lions have been exceptional winning 3 out of 3 games, getting out of trouble in professional ways. They have a good balance of youth, experience, batsmen, and bowlers. Except for one hiccup, the Tuskers have been brilliant too winning 3 out of 4 games. They have a few big names who have been their linchpins, taking the team through so far.
Both teams should retain the same XI.
There is some rain around tonight as well which will again make the pitch a little tacky and tricky. With some assistance for the spinners, 140-150 can be a match-winning score.
The Lions WK-Batsman has been in terrific form since Day 1 of the KPL. His 88* in their first game had turned many eyes on him. He has scored 61 runs in his next two innings as well.
The 3rd highest run-getter in the tournament and BT’s highest, has been a rock in so far. Consistently getting 30+ scores at a healthy SR.
The all-rounder has become an integral part of IPL teams he is part of, let lone his KPL franchise. He has been chipping away with good performances but we know what he is capable of with the bat and ball.
The veteran medium pacer has been amongst the wickets as expected and also showed what he is capable of with the bat. He scored a match-winning 34(19) in a rain-curtailed game a few nights back. He can certainly be the X factor yet again.