Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will lock its horns with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the 39th match of the 2020 Indian Premier League as both the teams want to cement their spot in the top four positions in the points table. The match is scheduled to be held at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi on 21st October and starts at 18:00 local time.

It is an important match in the clash for play-off positions, third-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) take on fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).

Match Preview:

Kolkata Knight Riders:

In the last match, Kolkata Knight Riders won against Sunrisers Hyderabad because of the heroics performance of Lockie Ferguson and again in Super over.

In their last two matches, they lost to Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore but Ferguson’s 3-15 was the major obstruction to restrict Sunrisers Hyderabad to 163 runs.

Eoin Morgan as taking the responsibility of captaincy, will again lead the squad in this match and most probably include Lockie Ferguson in the bowling line up. Last time, the pacer came and performed superbly with the ball.

Probable Playing XI:

Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan (c), Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

In four matches, Royal Challengers Bangalore won three matches and also won the last match against Rajasthan Royals.

Rajasthan Royals scored 177/6 in which Chris Morris picked 4 wickets by conceding 26 runs and in reply RCB begun slowly. In just 22 deliveries, AB de Villiers scored unbeaten 55 runs and helped RCB to claim 7 wicket victory with two balls to spare.

After their victory in the last match, there is no possibility of any change in the team of RCB.

Probable Playing XI:

Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, AB de Villiers (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Gurkeerat Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini

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Pitch Report:

Abu Dhabi is a flat wicket that is good for big-hitting batting. 

Weather condition:

During the match, Abu Dhabi will be clear and hot.

Probable top performers:

Kolkata Knight Riders:

Eoin Morgan: 

In the last two matches, Eoin Morgan handled the KKR captaincy and scored unbeaten 39 and 34 runs in 2020 IPL. Despite being down the order, he has already scored 248 runs.

Shubman Gill: 

For this season, Shubman Gill is able to cross the 300-runs mark. And last time, when the two teams met, he scored 34 runs.

Andre Russell:

This season, Andre Russell is not hitting his usual heights but any time he can be dangerous. Still, he is a key element of the bat along with the ball.

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

Virat Kohli:

The Indian legend is continuing his best form this season. In his previous six matches, he scored 72*, 43, 90*, 33*, 48, and 43.

AB de Villiers:

When these two teams met last time, AB de Villiers scored unbeaten 73 runs and in the last match, he scored 55*, which means in this season he has already made four fifties.

Chris Morris: 

In the last match, Chris Morris knocked an outstanding 4-26 and so far he has picked nine wickets in his four innings. The last time, when these two sides met he took 2-17.

 Head to head:

  • Overall T20I Matches – 26
  • Kolkata Knight Riders won – 15
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore won – 11
  • No Result – 00
  • Tie– 00

Team form in last 5 matches:

  • Kolkata Knight Riders –  W, W, L, L, W
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore – L, W, W, L, W

Broadcast Details:

  • Tv – Star Sports Network
  • Live Streaming – Disney+ Hotstar
  • Match Timings – 21st October 2020 at 07:30 PM IST (06:00 PM local time) (02:00 PM UTC)

Probable winning team:

Considering different factors, we believe that Royal Challengers Bangalore is placed in a better position to take the top position in the upcoming match.

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