April 4, 2019
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RCB vs KKR IPL 2019: Can RCB win a IPL game, finally?

By Chaitanya Laxman

The season changes, the results don’t. RCB began their 2019 IPL season with a couple of promising buys and a fresh mindset. But four games later, there are still at the same place they were last year- the bottom half of the points table.

On the other hand, KKR have done exceptionally well in the IPL season 12. But the loss against Delhi Capitals was a reminder of the little cracks that exist in their rather complete team.

Come April 05, Kohli will have a daunting task in front of him in the form of a well-balanced KKR which has players for all occasions. Can the men in red execute a miracle and stun Kolkata?

Venue:

Traditionally a batting-friendly surface, the Bengaluru stadium was on the slower side in the last couple of seasons.

But it seems like the curators have brought back the same flat surface for IPL 2019 and the first match played here between RCB and MI is a testimony to it.

Form guide:

Andre Russell is leading the batting for KKR while Nitish Rana has provided the base. The form of Chris Lynn is becoming a worry now and there should be questions on Sunil Narine’s depleting bowling prowess.

Meanwhile the spin of Kuldeep Yadav is going strength to strength.

On the other hand, RCB find themselves in a rut. The pacers are leaking runs, they have failed to finalize their top-order and the middle-order is in shambles. The only exception is Yuzvendra Chahal whose leg-spin is in fine form.

Also read the top three fantasy picks for RCB vs KKR game here.

Key Numbers:

  • In head to head battle, KKR is way ahead of RCB. In the 23 matches played between the two sides, KKR has won 14 while RCB have won only nine.

  • Virat Kohli has scored 7983 runs in T20s so far and needs just 17 more to become the second Indian after Suresh Raina to reach the milestone.

Check out the RCB vs KKR Playerzpot prediction here.

Players in focus:

Yuzvendra Chahal has picked eight wickets so far in four IPL games. His economy of 6.56 is the best he has had in any IPL season while his strike rate of 13.12 puts him among the best in IPL season 12.

Chaitanya Laxman