KOL vs BLR Prediction: IPL action continues in Abu Dhabi tonight. Chennai Super Kings defeated the Mumbai Indians by 20 runs yesterday. CSK posted 156 on the board after some late fireworks by Ruturaj Gaikwad and Dwayne Bravo. In reply, none of the MI batsmen got going except Saurabh Tiwary who made a half-century.
Kolkata Knight Riders now collide with Royal Challengers Bangalore in Abu Dhabi for Match 31. The two teams have had contrasting starts to the campaign. RCB sit third on 10 points in seven games while KKR are 7th with just 4 points in seven games. Both teams have lost some key stars and it will be interesting to see how they adapt.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Match 31, Indian Premier League
20 September 2021, 07:30 PM IST
Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
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.
CSK vs MI Head to Head: Kolkata Knight Riders have won 15 games compared to Royal Challenger Banglaore’s 13 wins in the IPL.
KOL – 40%
BLR – 60%
The two teams have replaced some of their key stars and it will come down to which of them settle faster. KKR have been struggling with their batting order. They will hope a change in venue will do the trick for them. RCB is well balanced and are favorites to win as per the betting sites.
Bet365: KOL: 2.2; BLR: 1.66
Glenn Maxwell has played a significant role in RCB’s rise to the top of the table. Batting higher up the table, he’s been outstanding, scoring 223 runs in six innings at an average of 37.16 and a strike rate of 144.80. On a sluggish Chennai track, he scored 78 off 49 balls against KKR.
It’s time for Shubman Gill to step up to the plate. He had a terrible first half of the IPL 2021 (7 inns, 132 runs, average. 18.85) and will be looking to improve his record against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
KKR have a shot if Andre Russell can power them to a good total. Russell has taken a liking to the RCB attack, amassing 339 runs against them, with an average of 48.43 and an incredible strike rate of 215.92. He had a decent CPL where he scored 160 runs and picked up 9 wickets in 10 games.
KOL Playing XI
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Shakib Al Hasan, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna
BLR Playing XI
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (WK), Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
The Sheikh Zayed stadium’s pitch shall provide a level playing field. The venue has always benefitted teams who bowl first.
In recent years, though, teams batting first have found it simpler. With a par score of approximately 170, it should be a decent surface to bat on.
If KOL bats first: 160-170
If RCB bats first: 170-180
It is a hot day in Abu Dhabi. While the temp during the day are expected to touch 38 deg, during the match timings, the temp is expected to hover around 32 degrees. There will be hardly any winds light and humidity will be between 60 to 70%. It is very unlikely that it will rain and the match should go ahead uninterrupted.
WICKET-KEEPERS: A de Villiers
BATSMEN: G Maxwell, N Rana, D Padikkal
ALL-ROUNDERS: S Al Hasan, A Russell, W Hasaranga
BOWLERS: Y Chahal, H Patel, P Krishna, V Chakravarthy
Captain choices: Y Chahal/ G Maxwell
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