The IPL 2021 has resumed on 19 September with MI clashing with CSK in the opening fixture. In the Match 31 of the Indian Premier League 2021, the Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. The Royal Challengers Bangalore has the presence of Glenn Maxwell and AB De Villiers, while Kolkata Knight Riders will rely on the contributions of Andre Russell and Shakib Al Hasan. The RCB team will be led by Virat Kohli, while Eoin Morgan is the captain of KKR team.
The Kolkata Knight Riders are languishing at the 7th place in the points table with 2 wins in 7 league matches and need to win most of their remaining games to seal the top 4 spots. While, Royal Challengers Bangalore are well positioned at 3rd position with 5 wins in the same number of league matches, and need 2-3 wins in the Phase 2 for confirming their place for the playoffs.
The 3 venues, Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi will host this year’s IPL 2021. They were a good host in the IPL 2020 as well and successfully conducted the whole IPL season. The Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore have been one of the most popular teams in the IPL history, with the former lifting the title 2 times, in 2012 and 2014.
Fixture Name: Match 31
Competition: Indian Premier League 2021
Date: 20 September
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Team Form Guide:
KKR(recent last): L W L
RCB(recent last): L W L
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Pitch Report: The match between KOL and BLR will be played at Abu Dhabi. Here, in a total of 46 T20I matches, 24 games have been won by the team batting second. The average score on this venue is 140, and there has been equal support to the bowlers as well as batters. But in the last match in the IPL 2020, the scores of around 180 were easily scored and it will be a fine surface for the batters.
Brief score of the last result at the venue: Delhi Capitals 189/3 won by 17 runs against Sunrisers Hyderabad 172/8 in Indian Premier League 2020.
The 5 players from Bangalore, and 6 from Kolkata are chosen for the second match of IPL 2021 Phase 2. All the batters have been impressive performers for the their team in the tournament. While, the all-rounders, Andre Russell and Shakib Al Hasan will play a vital role for KKR. The three experienced bowlers from RCB are chosen to maintain balance in the bowling unit.
WICKET-KEEPERS: Dinesh Karthik
BATSMEN: Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill
ALL-ROUNDERS: Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan
BOWLERS: Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammad Siraj, Varun Chakravrthy
The Royal Challengers Bangalore team is predicted to win this match due to the impressive performances of the team in this edition, They have got a fine balance in both the departments, and the bowling unit is well covered by the addition of Tim Southee. While, Kolkata Knight Riders have been average in their batting performances and need spirited performance to win this fixture.
The Kolkata Knight Riders only have 2 wins in 7 matches and will look to secure crucial victories in the remaining matches to bag the top 4 spots. In their last league match, they could score only around 150 runs on the board. Then the opposition chase down the target under 17 overs easily. The top picks from KKR would be opener Nitish Rana and all-rounder Andre Russell.
Russell is a powerhouse, when he starts hitting the ball. He hits it hard, and out of the park. Russell had a 5 wicket haul too in the first half, he is a experienced bowler as well, which makes him a star all-rounder. He is coming into this season after good performances in the CPL. In the IPL 2021, he has scored 163 runs and scalped 7 wickets, and can be a differential pick for the KKR vs RCB fixture.
Nitish has scored well in the first half of this season, and he will look to score some runs now, and climb on the orange cap board, with giving his team the ideal start, they want to have. Rana will open for the team, as he did earlier in the season. In the 2021 season, he has provided the team a strong foundation at the top-order and has amassed 201 runs at a fine average of 28.71.
Captain: Eoin Morgan
Wicket-keeper: Dinesh Karthik
Possible Top Four: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine
Opening Bowlers: Tim Southee, Prasidh Krishna
Overseas Players: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Tim Southee
KKR Playing 11 (likely)
The Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to maintain their good form in the tournament and bag 2-3 wins in the remaining fixtures to find them in the playoffs of IPL 2021. In their last league match, they lost to Punjab Kings by falling short of 34 runs. The top picks from RCB would be top-order batsman Devdutt Padikkal and Kiwi bowler Kyle Jamieson.
Padikkal will open as usual, which makes him a good pick in the batting order of RCB. He is a hard hitter and can score a plenty of runs on his good day. Dev has had a century in the first half, but was off-form for the rest of the time, but now will be hoped to go for his best. In this season, he has scored a total of 195 runs with a terrific average of 39 and would look to continue the same form.
Jamieson bowls really well and has been pretty good in this season, he will be the key bowler for the RCB team. Jamieson can bat as well, and very calmly, which makes him a top pick for sure. Kyle’s ability in both the departments, make him a suitable pick. In this season, he has scored 59 runs and bagged a total of 9 wickets and will be vital for the team’s campaign in IPL 2021 Phase 2.
Captain: Virat Kohli
Wicket-keeper: AB de Villiers
Possible Top Four: Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammad Azharudden, Glenn Maxwell
Opening Bowlers: Mohammad Siraj, Kyle Jamieson
Overseas Players: AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Jamieson, Wanindu Hasaranga
RCB Playing 11 (likely)
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The KKR vs RCB match will be broadcasted on the Star Sports TV Network in different languages like Star Sports 1 English, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Tamil, Star Sports 1 Telugu, Star Sports 1 Kannada, and Star Sports Malayalam. The Star India has won the broadcasting rights for the Indian Premier League Phase 2. to All the cricketing nations including 100 countries will be able to view the Indian Premier League 2021 on their Television Sets.