With nothing to play for, the Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to dent Chennai Super Kings' chances of finishing in the top-two while also finishing IPL 2014 on a high when the two teams clash at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.
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Much was expected from RCB this season, with their batting lineup looking more formidable the Real Madrid attack of the Galacticos era. However, the results have just not gone their way with their defeat to the Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday consigning them to another season watching the playoffs at home.
The least the Royal Challengers can do is finish the season off with a victory in front of their adoring fans, one of the best in the IPL. The likes of Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli have just not fired in IPL 2014, with Yuvraj Singh, with a couple of wonderful knocks at least getting those pulses racing, even if the left-hander has not been as consistent as he would have liked.
Only AB De Villiers, sixth on the Orange Cap list, has looked the part for RCB this season with the bat, but one man alone cannot take his team into the playoffs – it is too long a tournament for that.
RCB's bowling has also been a little inconsistent, with the unit struggling a lot more since coming back from the UAE, where they were quite impressive – not that surprising perhaps, considering the nature of the pitches in India, especially the Chinnaswamy, which is an absolute batting paradise.
Kohli hates to lose games and the India tyro will not be happy to miss out in the playoffs again; so the RCB skipper will be keen to ensure his team at least finish their tournament on a winning note.
CSK, though, will be desperate for a victory, with KKR level on points with them at the moment. A win on Saturday evening will take CSK to 18 points, putting the pressure on KKR to pick up a big win in their match over the Sunrisers Hyderabad later on Saturday.
The Super Kings will also be keen to gather some momentum heading into the playoffs, with the IPL stalwarts currently on a three-match losing streak. That run has led them to scrap for a place in the top two, so crucial because it gives you two chances at making the IPL 2014 final, when for much of the tournament it looked like the Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab would run away from the rest of the chasing pack.