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RCB vs KKR Playerzpot Prediction IPL Preview, Team News, Playing 11

By Shalini Singh @Shalini_Singh15

RCB vs KKR Playerzpot Prediction IPL Preview, Team News, Playing 11

If it was Kagiso Rabada who dismissed Andre Russell in the super over to hand over a defeat to the Kolkata Knight Riders, it was Shreyas Gopal who scripted a win for Rajasthan Royals against Royal Challengers Bangalore to keep them deserted on the bottom. Coming off defeats in their respective last clashes, KKR and RCB fight it out at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium to get back to winning ways on Friday. Royal Challengers Bangalore are yet to register their maiden win the tournament while Kolkata Knight Riders have won two of their three matches and are currently seated at the fourth position on the points table.

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After being bowled out for 70 in the opening encounter against Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore are still a team in waiting to get a win under their belt. Their last match against Rajasthan Royals saw them crumble where none of their batsmen barring Parthiv Patel was able to cross the 50-run mark. Talking about their bowling, only Yuzvendra Chahal was handy with the ball as he returned two wickets at an economy of 4.25.

For KKR, on the other hand, are sailing relatively smoother backing on some hard-hitting of Andre Russell. Likes of Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa have also fared well with the ball for the Knight Riders. The statistics of this Chinnaswamy favour KKR as the RCB have suffered three losses against KKR at this venue. Will they be able to turn things around this time?

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Unfortunate that Virat and AB de Villiers got out in quick succession: Ashish Nehra

“You can’t make 200 batting first every time. This wicket certainly wasn’t a 200 one. Unfortunately, Virat (Kohli) and AB (de Villiers) got out in quick succession. We had a good start and then those wickets in the middle overs didn’t help us.

It was a topsy-turvy kinda game against Delhi Capitals: Dinesh Karthik

I think it was a great game, both teams fought pretty well. It went to the Super over and they came out on top. I think Prasidh has been bowling consistently for us at the death, it was a straight forward decision to make. And I think he bowled really well. He has been bowling the tough overs, so we need to back him. It was a topsy-turvy kinda game.

Match Details

Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru

Match Timing: 08:00 pm, Friday

HEAD TO HEAD:

Total: 23

RCB – 09

KKR- 14

TEAM NEWS RCB vs KKR

  • Sunil Narine missed out the last game due to injury, he is likely to return for this header.
  • RCB is expected to rope in Nathan Coulter-Nile or Tim Southee to strengthen their pace battery.
  • Shimron Hetmyer has failed to deliver in previous games for RCB, he remains a doubt.
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Pitch Report:

Short boundaries and high altitude make the Chinnaswamy track favourable for batsmen who enjoy batting on these pitches in the limited-overs formats. Many big scores have been posted and chased down with ease here.

Squads

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Parthiv Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Navdeep Saini, Shimron Hetmyer, Mohammed Siraj, Tim Southee, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (c), Umesh Yadav, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Akshdeep Nath (wk), Milind Kumar, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Kulwant Khejroliya, Devdutt Padikkal, Prayas Barman

Kolkata Knight Riders

Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Nikhil Naik, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson, Shubman Gill, Joe Denly, Sunil Narine, Shrikant Mundhe, Harry Gurney, Carlos Brathwaite, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, KC Cariappa, Rinku Singh, Yarra Prithviraj

Playing XI

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Akshdeep Nath, Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini,

Kolkata Knight Riders

Dinesh Karthik, C Lynn, R Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubhman Gill, Sunil Narine, A Russell, Kuldeep Yadav, P Krishna, P Chawla, L Ferguson

Fantasy Picks Royal Challengers Bangalore

  • Mr 360 AB de Villiers and Run machine Virat Kohli have failed to fire with their bats so far but both of them can turn things around for RCB if they click.
  • Parthiv Patel anchored the innings for RCB in the last match as he scored 67 runs off 41 balls to take his total to a fighting total. You can pick him in your fantasy team too.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal is the current purple cap holder with 8 wickets. He is a good fantasy pick any day.
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Fantasy Picks Kolkata Knight Riders

  • Andre Russell has hit 15 sixes till now and has amassed 159 runs in 3 matches. He is handy with the bat and he could be lethal with the ball as well.
  • Among bowlers, you can pick Kuldeep Yadav and Prasidh Krishna as they have delivered consistently with the ball.
  • You can also pick batsmen like Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana and Dinesh Karthik. They could fetch you some points too.
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Shalini Singh @Shalini_Singh15

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