Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on Pune Warriors India (PWI) in the first of the two games to be played in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The match will be held at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Where to Watch Live
Play starts at 11am BST. Live coverage of the game will be available on ITV 4 and ITV 4 HD. Follow the match live, via text updates, on ESPN Cricinfo.
The Challengers enter this game after their comfortable victory over the 2008 champions, Rajasthan Royals last weekend. The game saw Virat Kohli putting the Royals bat first as they ended their innings for 117 with two balls to spare. Rajasthan skipper Rahul Dravid was the top scorer for his side with 35, with Stuart Binny supporting the former RCB player by scoring 33 runs.
RCB bowlers RP Singh and Vinay Kumar took three wickets each, but the latter was rewarded with the Man of the Match award after dismissing Binny and Brad Hodge. In their chase to victory over the Royals, Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan gave a brilliant start for the Bangalore side as the Jamaican remained unbeaten on 49 as Kohli's men won the game by seven wickets, with 13 balls to spare.
The result had seen RCB take the top of the table, however a victory for Chennai Super Kings over the Royals on Monday has now seen them sit second on the table with 10 points from seven games and are level on points with CSK.
Meanwhile, the Warriors enter this game after their defeat against Kings XI Punjab. Pune went on to post a huge total of 185, which was well chased by Adam Gilchrist's side after David Miller and Mandeep Singh guided Punjab to victory. The visitors' skipper Aaron FInch fired a quick 64 from 42 balls which was well supported by Robin Uthappa as he managed to score 37 from 33 deliveries.
Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh fired a quick 34, which included three biggies and two fours and a contribution from Luke Wright with 34 from 11 balls helped the Warriors put on a momth total of 185. However, their bowlers failed to restrict Punjab from keeping the score board ticking, which resulted them in the loss. The defeat has now seen them sit eight in the table with four points from seven games.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Last Five (most recent first): W W L W W
- Last Result: Rajasthan Royals lost to Royal Challengers Bangalore by seven wickets
Pune Warriors India
- Last Five (most recent first): L L W L W
- Last Result: Pune Warriors India lost to Kings XI Punjab by seven wickets
RCB are likely to go with the same squad which won against the Rajasthan side. Dilshan and Gayle will be opening the batting while skipper Kohli and AB de Villiers will be the key players in Bangalore's middle order. Ravi Rampaul will be the fourth overseas player in the starting line up with Kumar and Singh providing support.
Aaron Finch is likely to lead the Warriors on Tuesday while England all rounder Luke Wright will retain his place in the starting line up after scoring a quick knock of 34 from 11 deliveries. Former RCB man Robin Uthappa will open the innings against Bangalore and will also be given the role behind the stumps. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ashok Dinda will lead Pune's bowling division.