The 26-year-old from Karnataka has been consistency personified in this year's IPL and that is one of the reasons why he is in third place in terms of most runs this season and in second place in terms of the fifties, behind Kane Williamson. With very few matches to be played, there is plenty to watch out for. RCB's next game will be an away fixture against Kings XI Punjab on Monday followed by a home game against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Thursday.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore faced the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Saturday. Three more games are left in the pools. The Kings need to win this one to avoid having to win both of their remaining games with substantial margins.
Despite losses to Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders, KXIP are in the top half of the league with 12 points while RCB are still languishing at the second-last place. No negatives to point out today. Lokesh has scored three sixes during this period. Their situation is very similar to that of KKR, whom they are scheduled to face next. It all went wrong for them last season when they finished last.
Kohli later admitted he had been disappointed with his team's death bowling, but de Villiers helped him focus. Although they still have their destiny in their own hands, they need to start winning soon. The side possesses some of the biggest names in the shortest format of the game but even then they are not able to live up to the hype. With their NRR taking a huge hit after the massive defeat to RCB (from -0.056 to -0.518), there's a high possibility of them getting knocked out if they are part of a 14-points/12-points tie with multiple teams. "It's important to have the right mindset - not to think too much about qualifying". In the middle of the players between them, could not touch two figure runs so far. While Patel picked the gaps in the deep cover region as well as the fine leg area, Kohli loved to play shots around the park.
In the first six matches, Ashwin's team managed to win five games after which they were at the top of the Standings and has won just one game in the last five matches leading them into survival race.
Both the teams come into the game with contrasting fortunes. As said before, a healthy positive NRR can turn the tide in MI's favour if that happens. His dismissals of the both KXIP openers in a single over turned the game in RCB's favor as Punjab never recovered from that double blow. Still with an outside chance of qualification, Kohli wants to make the most of it as he feels that the table is wide open. They, however, switched gears from the next over, accumulating 25 runs off the subsequent couple of overs, with the visitor's scorecard reading 36/0.