For Sunday at least they should have everyone available so Lynn and Robin Uthappa could form one of the stronger opening partnerships in the tournament - unless Sunil Narine is promoted to pinch hitter as he was to surprisingly good effect twelve months ago. As he has continues to recover from a back stress fracture, Coulter-Nile has been withdrawn from the Royal Challengers squad and replaced by Corey Anderson. However, more questions were raised on RCB's bowling once again which was tipped to be at their best so far. Some decisions in the field after winning the toss and electing to bowl confounded the commentators.
McCullum and Kohli then joined hands for a 45-run stand for the second wicket. Here we pick the expected playing XI for RCB.
Narine's blitzkrieg allowed middle-oder batsman Nitish Rana to play boldly as he produced a crucial 34 off 25 balls. Narine's 19-ball 50 (he raised the half-century off 17 balls) laid the impetus that KKR so almost lost in the middle overs into their chase of 177. Along with Lynn, Karthik will have expectations from vice-captain Robin Uthappa as he has been consistent for the team.
A B deVillers wen on a rampage before being dismissed by Nitish Rana.
RCB chased 176 runs in 20 overs by losing 7 wickets and set a target of 177 runs in front of its opponent Kolkata Knight Riders.
Unleashing raw power up front, Narine had his intention clear starting off with a flat-batted boundary and a slog sweep six against Chahal in the first two balls. RCB do not have any Australians on their list with both Travis Head and Shane Watson not retained for IPL 11. In KKR, Gautam Gambhir era has expired, and now the captaincy is on Dinesh Karthik. If you are giving 13 an over in the first overs on that sort of a wicket, it's very hard to comeback. "I think it is a great balance of spinners, fast bowlers, couple of all-rounders, spinning all-rounders, fast bowling all-rounders".
Rana had first turned the tide in KKR favour by removing AB de Villiers (44, 23 balls, one4, five 6s) and Virat Kohli (31, 33 balls, one 4, one 6) in two successive deliveries when the two were going at over 10 runs an over as they put 64 runs in 36 balls.