In spite of languishing at the eighth slot in the table with defeats and wins in nine games, an unfazed Kings XI Punjab will here Wednesday look for avenging its loss April 21 to hosts Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) though cautious of their explosive batsman Chris Gayle.
"They (RCB) have a star-studded line-up. They have giant names, with the risky Chris Gayle at the top order though they took them down to last balls in our earlier match," Kings XI coach-cum-captain Adam Gilchrist told reporters Tuesday ahead of the match in the Indian Premier League (IPL-V) T-20 at the Chinnaswamy stadium here.
Chasing 164-run target set by Kings XI at Mohali, in their first encounter in this match, RCB made 166 for wickets in 19.3 overs, with the Jamaican southpaw Gayle hitting 87 in 56 balls comprising sixes and eight fours and making a 131-run partnership with South African A.B. de Villiers, who struck 52 of 39 balls.
Though Gilchrist won't be playing due to hamstring injury he had in the work of his team's match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) April 18, he acknowledged that RCB had plenty of players other than Gayle who can take the game away from them.
"Virat (Kohli) is on the work to be of the best players on the world. He will be raring to go to do well in this IPL. There's world class bowlers with them as well," Gilchrist observed.
Noting that the Bangalore wicket was different from that of Mohali, the former Aussie keeper said he expected the ball to bounce a bit more and sporting.
"The practice wicket here is much like the match condition. That is a credit to the ground staff here. As there is still 24 hours to go for the game, they have not finalised our final 11," Gilchrist said.
The home team, however, is confident of making up for its 47-run loss to KKR Sunday (April 29) in Kolkata and staying on work for a berth in the semis with wins and losses and a point from a rain-hit match against Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) April 25 here.
"We are fifth on the points table. If they win four-five games, they will qualify for semis. So, I don't think they are going to experiment anymore or at least in the next few games," RCB skipper Daniel Vettori told reporters at a pre-match presser here late Tuesday.
Admitting that the top order was not consistent on a regular basis, he said it was always difficult to expect batsmen to fire on a regular basis.
"As a batting side, they have being doing a lovely job. The combination that worked for us so far is to have abroad batsmen and bowler. So will continue to have that (combination)," Vettori noted.
Asked if out-of-form Kohli will open the innings, Vettori said he had to open in the earlier games as Gayle was sick.
"That was an experiment as Gayle was sick. So will keep Virat lower in the order,"
On the team's designs for a back-to-back win against Kings XI, the former New Zealand left-arm spinner said taking wickets early would makes things simpler.
"Opening bowlers ought to be looking for wickets as much as they can to confine the opponents when bowling first or get early breakthroughs to take the game away," he added.