KKR vs RCB: The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will be resuming their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on 20 September in Abu Dhabi. Ahead of their eight game this season, skipper Virat Kohli came up with a massive announcement that he will step down as RCB captain after IPL 2021 but wishes to continue serving Bangalore as a player.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have made a few noticeable changes in their overseas line-up for the IPL 2021 Phase 2. The likes of Wanindu Hasaranga, Tim David, Dushmantha Chameera and George Garton are the newest recruits for the Virat Kohli-led team. In today’s IPL match against KKR, the trio of Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers and Kyle Jamieson will be the first three overseas preferences in the RCB Playing 11. Thus, there will be toss up between the Sri Lankan duo of Chameera and Hasaranga for the fourth overseas players spot.
It will also be interesting to see whether the duo of Rajat Patidar and Shahbaz Ahmed who impressed in a few matches during the first half of the season, will get a chance here or not. RCB’s wicket-taking leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahar will also be a key player in this side especially after his omission from the India T20 World Cup squad. This will also be Virat Kohli’s 200th IPL match.
RCB Playing 11 (likely)
AB de Villiers
The Eoin Morgan-led Kolkata Knight Riders team also have a few selection issues before their first match in IPL 2021 Phase 2. They will have to pick one of Tim Southee or Lockie Ferguson to replace Pat Cummins in the KKR Playing XI. Also, it will be interesting to see who gets the final go between Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan for the final overseas slot.
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