Indian Premier League 2020: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match No. 28
Winners Prediction: Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders are in the same stage in the tournament. Both teams come into this match after a good win in their last match. KKR has adopted a 7-bowler strategy with 3 all-rounders and has been hugely successful so far. RCB`s captain has peaked at the right moment and their team is looking in superb touch currently. We expect KKR to win this match.
Score Prediction: Sharjah pitch has slowed down a little in the previous match after a streak of 200+ totals earlier. We expect teams to score around 180-200 runs still owing the smaller dimensions of the boundaries.
Toss Prediction: Teams batting first has won 4 out of the 5 matches played here and pitch is expected to slow down in the second innings of the match. Both captains will look to bat first here.
Predicted Playing XI
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS: Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
- Both teams have 8 points from 6 matches in this season so far.
- KKR lost their only match at Sharjah so far while RCB is yet to play at this venue.
- KKR has a 14-10 win-loss record over the RCB in the IPL history.
Players to Bet on
KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS
- Shubman Gill – Gill returned to form with a fine fifty last game and will look to continue his good form with the bat in this match too. He is a class player who will be hard to stop once he sets in.
- Dinesh Karthik – DK was sublime in his hitting last match scoring 58 runs off just 29 balls in the final overs to take his team past 160+ score. He has smashed 8 boundaries and 2 sixes.
- Prasidh Krishna – Krishna played his first match last night and straightaway made an impact with bowling figures of 3/29 in his 4 overs. He dismissed the dangerous openers of KXIP last night.
ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE
- Virat Kohli – Kohli showcased a master class in building an innings and accelerating in the end with his 90 runs off 52 balls with 4 boundaries and 4 sixes. Kohli is returned to form in the last 3 matches top scoring for RCB.
- Devdutt Padikkal – Padikkal has been their top run scorer this season with 244 runs in 7 matches with 3 half-centuries so far. He will look to continue his purple patch with the bat.
- Chris Morris – Morris made a huge difference in the death bowling with figures of 3/19 in his first match. He adds great value to RCB`s bowling attack in this season.
DREAM XI Picks
Wicket-Keeper: Dinesh Karthik (KKR), AB De Villiers (RCB)
Batsmen: Devdutt Padikkal (RCB), Virat Kohli (RCB), Shubman Gill (KKR), Nitish Rana (KKR)
All-rounders: Andre Russel (KKR), Chris Morris (RCB)
Bowlers: Yuzi Chahal (RCB), Varun Chakravarthy (KKR), Prasidh Krishna (KKR)
Captain: Shubman Gill (KKR) or Virat Kohli (RCB)
Vice-Captain: Andre Russell (KKR) or Chris Morris (RCB)
KKR – Kolkata Knight Riders
RCB – Royal Challengers Bangalore
Dhinesh is a cricket article writer with a good-understanding and love towards the game. He is aspiring to become a cricket journalist and column writer in the future. His favorite teams are the Indian Cricket team & Chennai Super Kings. He is an ardent fan of MS Dhoni and Dale Steyn.
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