KKR vs RCB Preview: The star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will try to return to the winning rhythm by beating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League here on Monday. The Virat Kohli-led RCB team, which is at the top of the game with 4 consecutive wins, has slipped to third place after 2 losses in the last 3 matches.
If the fast bowler Mohammad Siraj did not defend 14 runs in the final over against the aggressive pair of Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer of the Delhi Capitals, the RCB team would have lost all three of their previous matches. To put pressure on KKR, the team’s eyes will be on its top batsmen Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Glenn Maxwell.
Talented young opener Devdutt Padikkal will also be keen to play big innings, as he has not played an effective innings after an unbeaten 101 against Rajasthan Royals. KKR’s team, which started with a season win under Eoin Morgan, failed to perform as expected and the team suffered 5 defeats in 7 matches. The team is in 6th position and is in danger of getting out early for the third consecutive season.
The biggest disappointment for KKR has been his top order. Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi have failed to give a good start to the team. Gill has been battling consistently and has failed to convert a good start into a big innings while Rana and Tripathi have done well in pieces. Last year in the UAE, in the IPL 2020, the team led by Dinesh Karthik had won 4 matches and lost 3, but then gave up the captaincy and England World Cup winning captain Morgan was given the responsibility of the team.
Given the current situation, Morgan needs to take tough decisions regarding the top order. The team has not given a chance in the current season to their new player Karun Nair, who has a strike rate of 155.49 and has scored 2 centuries in the T20 as an opener. The bowlers of the team have impressed especially the spin duo of Sunil Narine and Varun Chakraborty.
KKR vs RCB Preview: Full Squad
Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, and Pawan Negi.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), AB de Villiers, Devadutt Padikal, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Pawan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammad Azharuddin, Kyle Jameson, Dan Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, KS Bharat and Finn Allen.
Timing: KKR vs RCB Match Evening
It will start at noon.