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Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli will lead the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the quest for their first IPL titleGetty

Overview

Royal Challengers Bangalore have been one of the best teams on paper since the start of the IPL, but are yet to taste victory in the annual cricketing extravaganza. They have made the final on two occasions, while also making the last four as many times, but have faltered when it really matters.

The 9th edition sees them enter as one of the favourites yet again owing to their strong batting line-up, arguably the strongest. They possess a top order that consists of Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shane Watson, which can strike fear into the best bowlers. The Challengers, however, are weak in the bowling department with no frontline strike bowler following the withdrawal of Mitchell Starc due to injury.

New Zealand bowler Adam Milne is in the squad, but is unlikely to get too many games with Samuel Badree likely to be preferred on India's spin-friendly tracks. However, he is likely to get a look in when they come up against teams that struggle against pace, and on tracks which offer a good amount of purchase for the pacers.

Coach: Daniel Vettori

Key players: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson

Fixtures

Date Day Time Matches Venue
12/04/16 Tuesday 8.00 PM (2:30pm GMT) Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad Bengaluru
17/04/16 Sunday 8.00 PM (2:30pm GMT) Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Daredevils Bengaluru
20/04/16 Wednesday 8.00 PM (2:30pm GMT) Mumbai Indians vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Mumbai
22/04/16 Friday 8.00 PM (2:30pm GMT) Rising Pune Supergiants vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Pune
24/04/16 Sunday 4.00 PM (10:30am GMT) Gujarat Lions vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Rajkot
30/04/16 Saturday 8.00 PM (2:30pm GMT) Sunsers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Hyderabad
02/05/16 Monday 8.00 PM (2:30pm GMT) Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders Bengaluru
07/05/16 Saturday 4.00 PM (10:30am GMT) Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Rising Pune Supergiants Bengaluru
09/05/16 Monday 8.00 PM (2:30pm GMT) Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Nagpur
11/05/16 Wednesday 8.00 PM (2:30pm GMT) Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians Bengaluru
14/05/16 Saturday 4.00 PM (10:30am GMT) Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Gujarat Lions Bengaluru
16/05/16 Monday 8.00 PM (2:30pm GMT) Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Kolkata
18/05/16 Wednesday 8.00 PM (2:30pm GMT) Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab Bengaluru
22/05/16 Sunday 8.00 PM (2:30pm GMT) Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Raipur

IPL History: RCB have always been one of the favourites. They have made the final on two occasions only to fail at the final hurdle.

Squad: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Chris Gayle, Adam Milne, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Shane Watson, Stuart Binny, Kane Richardson, Samuel Badree, Travis Head, Praveen Dubey, Vikramjeet Malik, Akshay Karnewar, Iqbal Abdulla, Sachin Baby, Vikas Tokas, Abu Nechim, David Wiese, Kedar Jadhav, Sreenath Aravind.

Prediction: RCB are play-off contenders this season, but will be dependent on the form of their four foreign players, Chris Gayle, Shane Watson, AB de Villiers, Samuel Badree, and captain Virat Kohli.