Kolkata Knight Riders need to get some consistency going for a crucial IPL 2019 tie against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Eden Garden on Friday. Kolkata have 50 per cent win record after five games and need to up that percentage if they are to make the top-4. KKR have lost three games on the bounce to slip from the second position to sixth and now need to bring their best game.
Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore have won only one game out of the eight played so far. Who would have thought such a thing can happen to a star-studded team. With only pride left to salvage, RCB would want to give something to their fans.
Kohli's reaction after last game
“We played a pretty good game. With the ball, we weren't that great in the opening six overs but the guys fought hard in the middle overs and came back well. It's good to see a senior foreign player taking responsibility and he deserves all the credit.”
Pitch conditions: Eden Gardens is one of the better batting surfaces in the competition. There should be plenty of runs on offer!
KKR vs RCB Team News (confirmed at toss)
KKR vs RCB Playing 11
KKR – Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Harry Gurney, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill
RCB – Parthiv Patel (wk), Heinrich Klaasen, Virat Kohli (c), Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Marcus Stoinis, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Akshdeep Nath
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore squads
Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2019 squad: Dinesh Karthik (c), Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Joe Denly, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Nitish Rana, Nikhil Naik, Matthew Kelly, KC Cariappa, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Yarra Prithviraj, Shrikant Mundhe, Harry Gurney, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn and Carlos Brathwaite.
Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2019 squad: Virat Kohli (c), Umesh Yadav, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Akshdeep Nath, Milind Kumar, Marcus Stoinis, Navdeep Saini, Shimron Hetmyer, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Mohammed Siraj, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Kulwant Khejroliya, Devdutt Padikkal, Prayas Barman, Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn and Tim Southee.
KKR vs RCB Dream11 Team
Kohli for hattrick of 50+ scores vs KKR – Kohli does not boast too good a record against KKR but has registered fifties on last two occasions. RCB skipper has scored 68* and 84 in last two outings against KKR.
Lynn and Russell love RCB bowling – Here's a clear case of Dream11 captain. Lynn has a batting average of 44 against RCB, with two 50+ scores. On the other hand, Russell loves to line up RCB bowlers having notched 258 runs against them in 8 innings.
AB de Villiers vs KKR spinners – Piyush Chawla has an impressive numbers against AB de Villiers, dismissing him four times so far in the competition.
Uthappa's struggles against RCB – Uthappa doesn't have convincing numbers against RCB. He has never scored more than 40 runs against RCB in six knocks.
Narine vs Spin this season – Narine, considered a better batsman against spin, also falls to spin more. Narine's last three dismissals have come from a spinner.