Good Evening, शुभ संध्या! Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s live cricket blog and updates’ post of Match 8 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 between Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Monday. I am Aditya Sahay, and I will be bringing to you all the live updates from this thrilling tie. KXIP were off to a winning start, as they drubbed Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) by 6 wickets. As for RCB, they were off to shaky start during their opening tie against the defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), but they made a good comeback in their second game against Delhi Daredevils (DD), whom they beat by 15 runs. Full Cricket Scorecard, Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2017, Match 8 at Indore
There has been no official announcement regarding Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers’ participation from the dugout. Nonetheless, stand-in captain Shane Watson dropped a bombshell in the post-match presentation ceremony after his side defeated DD by 15 runs. “They’ll be back for the next game,” stated a confident Watson when Sanjay Mangrekar asked about Kohli and de Villiers’ injury status. When Manjrekar inquired whether he is a ‘reliable source’, he replied with a grin. There is enough mystery surrounding RCB’s two biggest match-winners’ participation against KXIP. With no confirmed news, let us take into consideration that Watson will continue to don the captain’s hat. However, Watson put everything to rest as far as de Villiers was concerned, bringing him in place of Chris Gayle. Maxwell’s brigade looks to turn on the heat against RCB
It seems KXIP have bought too many players for one slot, that is, in the middle order. As a result, they had to make two seasoned campaigners like Eoin Morgan and Darren Sammy sit out of the playing XI versus RPS. They may not change the winning combination, but making Morgan warm the benches when he has to leave for national duty in May makes little sense. If he sits out entirely, it was no point putting a price on him in the IPL auction. IPL 2017 Points Table, Match Results & Team Standing: Sunrisers Hyderabad on top
Kings XI Punjab: Eoin Morgan, Rahul Tewatia, T Natarajan, Matt Henry, Varun Aaron, Martin Guptill, Darren Sammy, Rinku Singh, David Miller, Manan Vohra, Akshar Patel, Glenn Maxwell (c), Gurkeerat Singh, Anureet Singh, Sandeep Sharma, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), M Vijay, Nikhil Naik, Mohit Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, KC Cariappa, Armaan Jaffer, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Hashim Amla, Ishant Sharma.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Shane Watson, Virat Kohli (c), Kedar Jadhav (wk), Stuart Binny, Iqbal Abdullah, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sreenath Aravind, Tymal Mills, Avesh Khan, Samuel Badree, Praveen Dubey, Travid Head, Mandeep Singh, Adam Milne, Pawan Negi, Harshal Patel, Sachin Baby, Tabraiz Shamsi, Billy Stanlake.