The tournament is slowly picking up pace. Teams are in the quest to find the right combination and momentum to surge ahead. The tournament has now moved to Ahmedabad and Delhi leg. To know the KKR vs RCB match predictions go deep into the article.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Form
Kolkata Knight Riders got their 2nd win after 4 straight losses. The team put in an almost complete performance to bag crucial 2 points. The win over PK took them directly to 5th place in the table. KKR will be eager to build on the win. The Ahmedabad pitch suited KKR bowling attack and they kept the opposition on a leash. Eoin Morgan got back into form with his match winning knock against PK. It seemed if KKR’s top order fires then it will be difficult for teams to catch them then. But soon their fortunes were reversed in the game against DC. Their batting lacked intent except for Andre Russell. KKR coach Brendon McCullum has promised a change in personnel heading into the game against RCB.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Form
Royal Challengers Bangalore started the tournament in the best possible way. They were the only team who their first 4 games this season. RCB posted thrilling wins over MI and SRH in their first two games. They comfortably defeated KKR in their third game. RCB found new heroes in every game.
RCB annihilated RR at Mumbai. But it all came unstuck against CSK. Ravindra Jadeja’s all-round brilliance toppled RCB. RCB put on a stellar show and notched a thrilling win over DC to reclaim the number 1 spot (now currently with CSK). They soon flattered to deceive against PK. Their batting looks over dependent on Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers. The over reliance on Harshal Patel too is proving costly for RCB. They have to plug these gaps to proceed further in the tournament.
KKR vs RCB: Favourites?
KKR are still in search of the perfect game. Their batters have not responded to their coach’s call of aggressive batting. They will want to address this issue as quickly as possible. KKR are in the bottom half of the table. If they don’t turnaround their fortunes quickly, it might be curtains for them.
RCB on the other hand have lost 2 of their last 3 games. CSK and PK exposed their weak links. RCB will want to present a better account of themselves heading into this game. They currently occupy the 3rd spot. A convincing win might give them a chance to go on top of the tree once again.
Which players will be match-winners in this game?
Eoin Morgan will look to impose himself against RCB.
Andre Russell has a proven track against RCB. KKR will be hoping for a Russell special tonight.
Glenn Maxwell has been lying low after a couple of special knocks. He will be eager to get back amongst the runs.
KKR will be keen to use Sunil Narine more effectively against RCB. He might even open the innings for KKR.
Devdutt Padikkal has had a quite couple of games following his century against RR. He will be keen to get back amongst the runs.
Probable Playing XI:
Kolkata Knight Riders predicted XI:
Shubman Gill, Karun Nair, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
Royal Challengers Bangalore predicted XI:
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Finn Allen, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal
What do stats say about KKR vs RCB?
RCB and KKR have played 27 IPL games against each other.
RCB has won 13 matches. KKR has won 14 games.
RCB’s highest score against KKR is 213. KKR’s highest score against RCB in 222.
RCB’s lowest score against KKR is 49. RCB’s lowest score against KKR is 84.
The Ahmedabad pitch aids quality fast bowling. Bowlers who tend to hit the pitch hard might find assistance from the surface. The black and red soil pitch also has a say in the outcome of the contest. Black soil offers variable bounce and it might prove counterproductive to stroke-making.
A high of 43 degrees and a low of 27 degrees is expected. There are no chances of rain. Dew might play a big factor and teams will prefer to chase under such weather conditions.
170 is the average score at this venue.
It is a battle between KKR’s tenacity and RCB’s resolve. We believe RCB holds an edge in this game.