Indian Premier League, 2018

 Royal Challengers Bangalore vs  Kolkata Knight Riders 

The Big Picture

The Royal Challengers Bangalore, thanks to some insipid bowling and more importantly bizarre team selections, find themselves in a coup after they failed to defend 205 against the Chennai Super Kings last week.

As for the Knight Riders, they ran into a revamped Delhi Daredevils unit and succumbed to a 55 run loss at the Kotla.

Where: M.Chinnaswamy Stadium

When: 29April 2018, 8:00 PM

Pitch Conditions:

With short boundaries and high altitudes, the pitch at the Chinnaswamy Stadium has proved to be a heaven for the batsman, especially in white-ball cricket. However, with the pitch getting relaid in 2016, the past two seasons have witnessed the track to be sluggish, making stroke-play difficult, reminiscent of the disastrous campaign RCB endured last year.

Statistics over the years:

While over the past decade, the average first innings score has ranged from 156 to 140.62 in 2017, a sharp dip as compared to the 2016 season, where average first innings total was 192. 40.2% of the matches have been won by the team batting first (35) while teams batting second have won 54% of the matches (47), four matches have ended as N/R.

Team News and Probable 11:

Royal Challengers Bangalore

  • The Royal Challengers look sorted in the batting, but sure they will re-assess their bowling attack after an inspid bowling performance.
  • Corey Anderson might pave way for Tim Southee, while Manan Vohra can be slotted in for Pawan Negi.

RCB Playing 11:

AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (c), Umesh Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi/Manan Vohra, Quinton de Kock (wk), Corey Anderson/Tim Southee/Chris Woakes, Mohammed Siraj/ Navdeep Saini/Kulwant Khejroliya/Aniket Choudhary, Washington Sundar

Kolkata Knight Riders

The Knight Riders bowling came in for a lot of stick against DD, and some changes, especially in the fast bowling department, are expected.

  • Shivam Mavi was very expensive in the last game. The young speedster could pave way for Vinay Kumar.
  • Mitchell Johnson who had an ordinary last game might pave way for Tom Curran.

KKR Playing 11:

Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Mitchell Johnson/Tom Curran, Piyush Chawla, Shivam Mavi/Prasidh Krishna/Vinay Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav

Where to watch Royal Challengers Bangalore vs  Kolkata Knight Riders?

The viewers can watch the match live on Star Sports 1/HD and can also live stream the match on Hotstar.com