The much anticipated second phase of the IPL 2021 kick-started yesterday with a high octane clash between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings, which saw MS Dhoni-led side clinching the match by 20 runs. The excitement is only about to get double as Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Kolkata Knight Riders at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the 31st match of the 14th edition of the marquee tournament. The last time these two teams clashed against each other was in the first leg of the tournament which saw RCB being dominated and sealing the match. So far in the points table, the Virat Kohli-led side is placed third on the points table while KKR are placed 7th on the table and both the teams would be wanting to start the second-leg with a win in their bag.
Star Sports Network has the right to telecast the Indian Premier League in India. The 31st match of the marquee tournament between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders will be telecasted on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in India. Fans in South Africa and Zimbabwe can see the IPL encounter between the two teams on SuperSport. Cricket lovers in the United Kingdom and New Zealand can enjoy the game on Sky Sports, while the fans from the Caribbean can see the live-action of the IPL 2021 encounter on flow sports. Willow Tv will telecast the match between RCB and KKR in the United States of America.
The match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders is expected to be a blockbuster clash as both the teams over the years have displayed some sensational performances and have provided extraordinary entertainment to the fans. So far in 27 matches between the teams, the Eoin Morgan-led have won 14 times while RCB has won 13 times. They will clash with each other for the second time in the IPL 2021 and the match between them will be telecasted on Star Sports channels – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. Apart from this, the online streaming of the match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders will be broadcasted on Disney+Hotstar VIP.
Star Sports will telecast the IPL 2021 match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders on TV. Fans can enjoy the match both in English and Hindi commentary. While Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD will telecast the game in English commentary, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD will broadcast the match in Hindi commentary. The Virat Kohli-led side have been one of the top sides in this season of the tournament as they displayed great skills in all three departments and are placed third on the points table with 5 wins in seven matches. While KKR on the other hand didn’t had a great start as they would’ve wanted. The Eoin Morgan-led side has won only 2 games from 7 matches and is placed seventh on the points table.
For those who are unable to watch the IPL 2021 encounter between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders on television, they can stream the match online. However, there won’t be any platforms that will steam the match between the Virat Kohli-led side and two-time champions for free. Viewers can tune in by subscribing to a nominal subscription fee of Disney+Hotstar. JIO is also providing Hotstar subscriptions on select plans. When these two clashed last time at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, it saw Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers taking KKR’s bowlers to the cleaners and helping their team post a mammoth total of 204 runs. Chasing the target batsmen got starts but every one of them failed to convert into the big scores which resulted in a 38-run loss.
The second match of the second phase of the IPL 2021 will take place at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST.
Possible Playing XI for RCB
RCB are likely to play with their regular XI. However there could be a toss-up between Shahbaz Ahmed and Mohammed Azharuddeen on the side and with Washington Sundar ruled out of the tournament, RCB’s new recruit Wanindu Hasaranga is likely to start.
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed/Mohammed Azharuddeen, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Possible Playing XI for KKR
There could be a fight for the place of the third pacer in the side between Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti and with Pat Cummins not available, Kiwi speedster Lockie Ferguson will start in his absence.
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi/Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy