Bangalore, Punjab seek kick start

The Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Kings XI Punjab will be looking to ignite their campaigns when they meet at Kingsmead on Friday.

Punjab are without a win after two rain-interrupted matches, and are desperate to deliver a complete performance in Durban.

‘We have played well in both games the batting very much so,’ Punjab’s captain Yuvraj Singh said.

‘We just need to get the bowling sorted out. It is just two games and we were in the same position last year, so hopefully we can go and pick things up.’

Fast bowlers Brett Lee (foot) and Sree Sreesanth (stress fracture) are still nursing injuries, the former sidelined for at least a week longer, while the latter is only expected back for the semi-final stage.

Kevin Pietersen’s Bangalore have lost back-to-back games against the Chennai Super Kings and Deccan Chargers and in the process they conceded the two highest totals in the tournament thus far – 179 against Chennai and 184 against Deccan.

However, unlike Yuvraj, Pietersen has called on his batsmen to deliver more.

‘We started really well[(beating defending champion Rajasthan Royals] but we didn’t play too well in the last two matches. I think if we can sort our batting in the first six overs, things would be quite okay,’ he said.

Royal Challengers Bangalore have relied heavily on veteran Rahul Dravid, who tops the run-scoring charts with 134 runs in three innings, making him the current recipient of the Orange Cap.

However the rest of the batsmen, including Pietersen, have been a disappointing thus far, but they will be hopeful of a turnaround at Kingsmead.