BLR vs KOL Prediction: Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings clashed yesterday in Qualifier 1 for a spot in the finals. Put in to bat first, DC posted 172/5 riding on half-centuries by Prithvi Shaw and Rishabh Pant. In reply, Robin Uthappa rolled back the years and hit a brisk fifty and Ruturaj Gaikwad continues his good form with a 70 off 50 balls. In the end, fans got to see a vintage Dhoni finish as he smashed 13 runs off Tom Curran’s last over to seal the win for CSK.
Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders now go head-to-head in the eliminator. Both teams head into this game on the back of morale-boosting wins. RCB finished third in the league with 18 points tied with CSK while KKR finished fourth with 14 points, ahead of MI based on NRR.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Eliminator, Indian Premier League
11 October 2021, 07:30 PM IST
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
The match will be broadcasted live on Star Sports Network and it can also be streamed on Hotstar App. The matches are split in three venues- Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah. IPL is broadcasted to almost 100 countries including all cricket-playing nations.
BLR vs KOL Head to Head: Kolkata Knight Riders have the upper hand in this fixture with 15 wins in contrast to Royal Challenger Bangalore’s 13 victories.
BLR – 50%
KOL – 50%
Kolkata Knight Riders have played most of their UAE leg games in Sharjah and with success. Their slow bowlers are deadly on this wicket. RCB have the stronger middle order and have had a good season. Its a tough game to call and it will all come down to who holds their nerve better.
Bet365: BLR: 1.80; KOL: 2.00
Glenn Maxwell has had a huge effect with the bat for RCB, and he was instrumental in getting the team to the playoffs. In 13 innings, the Australian has scored 498 runs at an average of 45.27. Maxwell has also contributed three wickets.
Shubman Gill has two consecutive fifties and is peaking at the right time. RCB hardly take any wickets in the powerplay and Gill can come good in this game. He has 352 runs in 14 innings at a strike rate of 120.
We are tipping Varun Chakravarthy to bring home the points in this game. He can succeed against the number of right-handers in the RCB lineup. He has 16 wickets in 14 games at an economy of just 6.5.
BLR Playing XI
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), Srikar Bharat (WK), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, George Garton, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
KOL Playing XI
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi.
Recent history suggests that it will be another slow track where timing the ball could be difficult. 171 is the highest score so far here. Bowlers who use variations can succeed on this wicket. 150-160 would be a fighting total. The team winning the toss might look to chase.
If BLR bats first: 150-160
If KOL bats first: 160-170
It will be a bright clear day at Sharjah as has happened during most of the matches during the current phase of IPL. With the sun blazing down, the maximum temperature during the day is expected to reach 38 degrees Celsius. At the beginning of the match, it will be 34 degrees cooling down a bit towards the end to 31 degrees Celsius. That however will not be much of a relief as the humidity percentage will be in the sixties and winds calm. So, it will feel like 42- 44 degrees Celsius.
WICKET-KEEPERS: K Srikar-Bharat
BATSMEN: R Tripathi, S Gill, D Padikkal
ALL-ROUNDERS: S Narine, G Maxwell, V Iyer
BOWLERS: Y Chahal, H Patel, S Mavi, V Chakravarthy
Captain choices: V Iyer/ G Maxwell
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