Their batting line-up is world class, but before the Kolkata Knight Riders, Royal Challengers tanked much before they were halfway with their chase. It’s time the Challengers sat up and contemplated their appalling dip in form despite a string of three consecutive victories.
Well, for one, they are heavily dependent on their batsmen to deliver the goods. Their bowling form has been oscillating from good to bad and sometimes worse.
What’s comforting to the Challengers is that today they take on Punjab Kings XI at the Chinnaswamy Stadium which is known to regularly feature pitches that favour batsmen. There cannot be a better opportunity for Virat Kohli who is going through a rough patch to strike gold.
Punjab which could be called giant-killers will be looking to write one more name on their list of preys when they meet the Challengers on field. They have beaten every top contender till now: the Knights, Mumbai Indians and the Super Kings — that too on their homeground. Azhar Mahmood gives them oodles of confidence, as he has been immensely influential in all the matches he has played so far.
That Adam Gilchrist, who had pulled his hamstrings and missed the last four matches, may return to the squad is more happy news for Punjab.