KKR Playing 11: The Kolkata Knight Riders will play against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their 12th fixture of the Indian Premier League 2021. They have 5 wins in 11 matches, and need minimum 2 win to confirm their qualification for playoffs.
In their last league match against Delhi Capitals, they beat Delhi Capitals by 3 wickets. They contained the opposition well to contain the them to 129, and Venkatesh, Narine, and Lockie picked 2 wickets each. Then the batters, Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana were impressive to put a stable platform for the next batters, while Narine finished the innings well to help the team in winning the match.
The Kolkata Knight Riders have been playing quite well in the Phase 2. They have 3 wins in 4 matches at UAE, and would look to continue the same performances. The balance of the team has been doing wonders for them. The youngsters Venkatest Iyer and Rahul Tripathi have been impressive at the top order to provide stable start to the team. Then Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana are looking in good touch. The form of Eoin Morgan is a bit concerning, but he has the capability to make a fighting comeback. While bowlers have done a fine job, with Sunil Narine, Ferguson, and Varun Chakravarthy containing runs and picking wickets.
The team is not expected to make any changes in the Playing 11. The bowlers Tim Southee and Sandeep Warriors are expected to retain their places.
KKR Playing 11 (likely)
1. Shubman Gill
2. Venkatesh Iyer
3. Nitish Rana
4. Rahul Tripathi
5. Eoin Morgan (c)
6. Tim Southee
7. Dinesh Karthik (wk)
8. Sunil Narine
9. Lockie Ferguson
10. Varun Chakravarthy
11. Sandeep Warrier
KKR Squad: Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Pawan Negi, Tim Seifert, Shakib al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Tim Southee
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1. Venkatesh Iyer
The KKR opener has been impressive in his debut IPL season and has helped the team to get a good start with his balanced hitting. Venkatesh has displayed to ability to stitch crucial partnerships as well and get the scoreboard ticking at a fine rate. In the last few matches, Venkatesh has been bowling well, and has scalped 2 wickets.
2. Sunil Narine
The all rounder will be crucial to the team’s prospects of going into the playoffs due to his experience in the T20 format. Sunil has the ability to pick crucial wickets, and can be lethal with the bat, and is a complete package.
3. Rahul Tripathi
The experienced player in the domestic circuit has been terrific throughout the season. After his blistering performance in the middle order, his promotion to the top order has been very good for the team’s stability. Rahul has scored 315 runs in 11 matches at an average of 35.
4. Nitish Rana
Nitish has been a good support to the team for the past 2 years. He batted as an opener in the Phase 1, and switched to the middle order in the Phase 2. His performances have been noteworthy, when the chips are down and would look to keep up the good form.
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