Today 19 April this was a big clash between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Kolkata Knight Riders started this season on a bright note but have fallen slightly. Since losing three matches on the trot and the magical performance of Andre Russell’s at the start of the season was fascinating but it was not working the middle of the season. However, they have a chance to resurrect their season against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) who are more or less than out of the contention for the playoffs.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have won a single game so far this season. After playing eight of the league matches RCB lost 7 games and another loss will definitely crash the grim hopes of making it to the playoffs. Having said that, they have been boosted by Dale Steyn’s arrival and he looks set to play in this game.
KKR, on the other hand, are fretting over Andre Russell‘s injury who has been struggling a lot and despite that, has played in the last two-three matches. He was hit on the neck in the nets on Wednesday and it will be interesting to see who replaces him if Russell is rested.
This is 35th Game of the Indian Premier League which is set to be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
- The match starts at 08:00 PM local time (14:30 GMT).
- The game will be live on Star Sports in India. (Live streaming on Hotstar).
- Last five completed T20 matches: (Most recent- first)
- Kolkata Knight Riders – L, L, L, W, W
- Royal Challengers Bangalore – L, W, L, L, L
The Eden surface turned a fair way in the previous game as it was an afternoon start. But things should get back to trend with the evening started as the dew starts to come in the second innings. It should be another high-scoring game at the Eden Gardens.
- Average first innings score: 184.5 – 4 IPL matches this season
- Record of chasing team: Won – 3, Lost – 1
Previous Match XI
Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, two out of Umesh Yadav/Mohammed Siraj/Dale Steyn/Kulwant Khejroliya.
RCB hopefully makes some changes in the following game. Dale Steyn has joined the RCB camp and he trained with the team on Wednesday
The injury status of Andre Russell is still unknown. He was hit on the neck in the nets on Wednesday. He played the last couple of matches with injury.
- Virat Kohli vs KKR in the IPL: 8 Innings 278 runs 34.75 avg 2 fifties.
- Andre Russell’s in the IPL: 8 Innings 312 runs 78.00 avg 2 fifties
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection
Vice-Captain Options: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Moeen Ali.
Batsmen – AB de Villiers (C), Virat Kohli, Robin Uthappa
All-Rounders – Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Sunil Narine (VC)
Bowlers – Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney.
Batsmen – AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (VC), Chris Lynn (C), Shubman Gill
All-Rounders – Moeen Ali, Andre Russell
Bowlers – Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Piyush Chawla, Harry Gurney.