The pathetic Bangalore will continue seeking their maiden win in Indian T20 2019 when they face a much-better placed Punjab at the IS Bindra Stadium on Saturday. While Bangalore is yet to taste victory after six games, Punjab has managed to win four out of seven matches.
Bangalore's failures have mainly got to do with the lack of coherence all round. While the batting has been abysmal, even the great Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers have failed to come up with consistent match-winning efforts.Bangalore will desperately want these two to fire if they hope to turn around their fortunes.
Even in the bowling, if you take out the experienced Yuzvendra Chahal, nothing really has come together. To make matters worse, they have dropped catches in almost every game. Questions are being raised about Kohli's captaincy too as this is not the first time Bangalore have performed so poorly.
If you look at Punjab, they have been decent without being exceptional. They were unlucky as well against Mumbai as they found themselves on the wrong side of a spectacular assault by Kieron Pollard. It was, however, the same match where Lokesh Rahul smashed a hundred.
They have also found different heroes in different matches like Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, David Miller, Sam Curran and skipper Ravichandran Ashwin himself. The strength of Punjab lies in the versatility of their batting and bowling. They will be keen to build on the same.
Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Parthiv Patel (wicket-keeper), AB de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee.
Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (Captain), KL Rahul (wicket-keeper), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Karun Nair, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthi, Harpreet Brar, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi.
--By A Cricket Correspondent