IPL 2018: RCB vs KXIP, 8th IPL 2018 Cricket Match Preview & Prediction

Royal Challengers Bangalore will be taking on Kings XI Punjab on April 13th, 2018 in the 8th match of the 2018 VIVO IPL. Kings XI Punjab are perennial underachievers and their fans will be expecting them to perform under the captaincy of R. Ashwin. The team retained just Axar Patel, and this means that they have now managed to get a nice blend of players.

If you are getting ready to create your fantasy cricket team for the Royal Challengers and Kings XI match, here are the match preview and prediction that you should be aware of.

Match Preview

MatchRoyal Challengers Bangalore vs Kings XI Punjab, 8th Match
DateFriday, April 13, 2018 at 8:00 PM ( 02:30 PM GMT / 08:00 PM LOCAL )
VenueM.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Kings XI has a good top order batting lineup, with Gayle, Finch, Rahul and Agarwal adding up batting strength. The middle order will see the likes of Yuvraj, Nair, Miller and Tiwary. Stoinis and Miller will be the all-rounders while Ashwin and Axar will be the spinners.

Let’s not forget that Royal Challengers will be playing on their home ground, M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. While the stadium has always been unlucky for the Indian contingent, hopefully Royal Challengers Bangalore will be able to take advantage of the batting pitch. It favors batsmen in the short format. So, you can expect Royal Challengers to post a big score if batting first. Also, when chasing down a high score, it can be done with relative ease.

Match Prediction

The biggest ace that the Royal Challengers Bangalore have is Virat Kohli. The team also is well-balanced compared to Kings XI Punjab. Hence, the odds are high that Challengers will end up winning the game.

Here are some reasons why the Royal Challengers have an edge compared to Kings XI Punjab:

  • Virat Kohli is leading the side and is considered one of the best T20 batsmen in the world.

  • Kohli has the support of AB de Villiers, and together they have an IPL record partnership of 229.

  • Royal Challengers have a strong top order batting line up.

  • Some of the best all-rounders are part of the team, including Corey Anderson, Moeen Ali, Colin de Grandhomme, and Chris Woakes.

  • Two of the best spinners are part of the team in the form of Washington Sundar and Yuzvendra Chahal.

To be able to defeat Royal Challengers, Ashwin and the Kings XI Punjab will have to put up a stellar show.


Sarmad is a cricket enthusiast who loves to observe each match keenly. He is an editor and a regular contributor for Apne11. Apart from this, Sarmad loves to explore and read about Human Psychology and that is why he provides the prediction for upcoming matches too. He feels excited to share his review, prediction and feedback with sports lovers.

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