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RCB batsmen AB De Villiers and Virat Kohli will be waiting to tonk the Kings XI Punjab bowlersVipin Pawar/IPL/Sportzpics

The last time Kings XI Punjab played Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chris Gayle went ballistic with RCB, as a result, picking up a record win. With their playoff hopes gone, and that scathing loss probably still in the back of their minds, KXIP will need to invoke those form ghosts, which seem to have deserted them in IPL 2015, from somewhere if they are to stop the RCB juggernaut.

RCB are the form team in IPL 2015 at the moment, with their "man I would pay a lot of money to see them" top three finding form at just the right time. It took them a while to realise the importance of playing Gayle, Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers in the top three, but after finally coming to the right decision, RCB have motored on in some style.

"They are the best in the world in this format," RCB batsman Mandeep Singh said of the RCB superstar batting trio. "Their experience definitely helps. If one of them clicks, then the opposition nearly always end up on the losing side. It is good that our best players are playing the maximum number of balls."

After Gayle hit a stunning century, which helped RCB thump KXIP by a record 138 runs, it was De Villiers' turn to grab the spotlight in the innings of IPL 2015 so far.

De Villiers, when he catches fire, is unstoppable. So good is he that even Gayle pales in comparison, as the Mumbai Indians found out last Sunday.

"There was a problem with the coordination and combinations were not up to the mark [in the early part of the season]," Mandeep added. "Now the combinations have been set right. After playing four-five matches, we got to know of the right combinations. We know who will open, who will play in the middle-order, etc.

"We have done well in the last six-seven matches. We are taking one match at a time without thinking too far ahead."

RCB will, however, be certainly thinking about finishing in the top four, based on their current form. They are currently in fifth on 13 points from 11 matches, three behind CSK, who have played two games more. Win the remaining three matches and they could quite easily finish top of the points table, considering their net run rate is the best of the lot after a few thumping wins.

For KXIP, this match is another opportunity to restore that pride which has remained stuck in last season. So disappointing has been their batting this campaign, that is it almost impossible to imagine it is pretty much the same lineup that thumped bowlers for fun last year.

David Miller showed exactly what he is capable of with a knock-and-a-half against SRH in the last game, a half-century which nearly won KXIP the game, but, yet again, that team batting effort was non-existent.

KXIP, who will be without Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Johnson, after releasing the Australian duo, need to find a way to get their openers scoring, because without a good start, it does become difficult for the middle order to gain some momentum. The fact that they have persisted with the always-flattering-to-deceive Murali Vjay for pretty much the entire tournament is a little bit puzzling.

Yes, Vijay gives you that more conventional batting style at the top to complement one of Virender Sehwag or Manan Vohra, but KXIP won so many games last season playing attacking, fearless cricket, and asking Sehwag and Vohra to go gung-ho from ball one, instead of playing within themselves, or another batsman "holding" one end up, might be the best way to spark this batting order into life.

"I think changing the team a lot of times could have an effect on the players," Miller told IPL's official website. "But, we do have a lot of depth in the squad and trying a few options upfront was probably a good thing to do.

"Last year we did get off to a lot better starts and this year we haven't quite kicked off with consistent starts. But such is the nature of T20 and it can happen. Last year we were consistent and things went our way but this year we haven't clicked.

"There are certain things that happened last year which was great but those little things have unfortunately failed to happen this time around."

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KXIP vs RCB Match 50 of IPL 2015 is scheduled for an 8 pm IS (3.30 pm BST, 10.30 am ET) start with live TV coverage in India on Sony Max (Hindi), Sony Aath (Bengali), Sony Six (English) and Sony Kix (Tamil and Telugu). Hotstar and Starsports.com will also provide online coverage of the match via free live streaming.

Audience watching the match in the UK and Europe can go to Sky Sports2, while the live stream option is on Watch Sky Sports and Sky Go.

Viewers in the US can catch the IPL 2015 action live on ESPN, while the game can also be live streamed on ESPN Cricket.

Audience across the world can also go to Cricketgateway to watch Kings XI Punjab vs Royal Challengers Bangalore.

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