Bengaluru, April 05, Friday at 08:00 PM IST
Bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore will be hosting Kolkata Knight Riders tomorrow at M Chinnaswamy Stadium with the sole aim of opening their account. RCB is the only side yet to secure a win in the tournament. In four games, they have faced four defeats and are placed at the bottom of the league table.
The tournament is barely in the second week and Royal Challengers Bangalore has already decided their fate – the first side to be knocked out of the tournament. Four defeats in four matches have left the side wondering about what’s missing out. The dejected skipper Virat Kohli is still searching for the right combinations as the side has completely disappointed the fans in all three departments. Barring Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers – the only ones to score fifty, nobody else has managed to put an impact with the bat. Shimron Hetmyer, Moen Ali, C de Grandhomme and all the other big names even including skipper Virat Kohli have disappointed the fans to the core. Fielding is another concern for RCB as two-three chances on an average have been dropped in all four games played so far.
While it is a must-win game for RCB, let’s see if they manage to open their account against KKR tomorrow.
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With two wins and one defeat in three encounters, Kolkata Knight Riders are comfortably sitting at the fourth spot and would be eyeing to carry their momentum forward. After starting the campaign with two wins in two home fixtures, Kolkata Knight Riders faced their first defeat of the season in the Super Over against Delhi Capitals at Feroz Shah Kotla after both the teams managed 185 runs in their respective innings.
Andre Russell has been the game changer for the side in all the three games scoring – 49*, 48 and 62. Once again he will be in the spotlight against RCB as the short boundaries of M Chinnaswamy makes him a perfect candidate for ‘Game Changer’.
Total – 23
RCB – 09
Total – 10
Kolkata Knight Riders – 06
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 04
Unlike the past few years, the first encounter between RCB and MI at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium was a typical high-scoring clash which saw 180+ runs scored in both the innings. Typically, a high scoring venue, M Chinnaswamy saw one of the slowest turfs in last two years but the previous game reflected the true wicket at the venue. Expect tomorrow’s encounter also to be a high-scoring entertainer. The short boundaries make it a heaven for batsmen and the average first innings score at this venue in IPL is 169.
Average 1st Inns scores – 169
Average 2nd Inns scores – 149
Highest total recorded – 263/5 (20 Ov) by RCB vs PWI
Lowest total recorded – 82/10 (15.1 Ov) by RCB vs KKR
Highest score chased – 207/5 (19.4 Ov) by CSK vs RCB
Lowest score defended – 106/2 (8 Ov) by RCB vs CSK
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Here’s how the two sides may lineup –
RCB Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Akshdeep Nath
Batsmen – Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (c) (D: Shimron Hetmyer)
All-rounder –Marcus Stoinis (D: Moeen Ali)
Bowlers – Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj (D: Navdeep Saini)
KKR Playing 11:
Wicket-keeper – Dinesh Karthik
Batsmen – C Lynn, R Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubhman Gill
All-rounder – Sunil Narine, A Russell
Bowlers – Kuldeep Yadav, P Krishna, P Chawla, L Ferguson
Royal Challengers Bangalore-
Tim Southee, Shimron Hetmyer, Colin de Grandhomme, Parthiv Patel, Shivam Dube, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (c), Moeen Ali, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Akshdeep Nath, Milind Kumar, Marcus Stoinis, Navdeep Saini, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Devdutt Padikkal, Prayas Barman
Kolkata Knight Riders-
Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Prasidh Krishna, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Sandeep Warrier, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Kuldeep Yadav, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Harry Gurney, Rinku Singh, Yarra Prithviraj, Andre Russell, KC Cariappa
In the last ten matches, KKR has won seven of it, winning all last four matches.
The last time RCB defeated KKR was in 2016 IPL at Eden Gardens.
In wicketkeeping, both Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik are right picks. Both scored a fifty in their last games
In batting, V Kohli, AB de Villers, R Uthappa and N Rana will be the perfect picks. From RCB these two are the only in-form batters while Nitish Rana and R Uthappa are the leading run scorers for KKR after Andre Russell
In all-rounders, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine and M Stoinis are must have options
In bowling, Andre Russell – 5 scalps and P Chawla – 3 wickets are the leading wicket-takers for KKR. L Ferguson and K Yadav share 2 wickets each while the key pacer P Krishna is wicketless so far. However, P Krishna has bowled economically well for the side. For RCB, Yuzvendra Chahal with 8 scalps is the leading wicket-taker for the side. M Siraj has also bagged 4 wickets but is quite expensive.
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