This will be an absolute crackerjack game(RCB vs KKR) as two best sides of the fray will be crossing swords with each other and that too in a batting-friendly pitch where fielders on the boundaries are just a myth because most of the balls fly into the stands. Royal Challengers Bangalore will be coming into this fixture with a brilliant showdown against Chennai Super Kings. Similarly, Kolkata Knightriders will be walking into this battle royale on the back of a thrilling two-run victory against Punjab.
There will be a couple of major worries for Kolkata considering the availability of Andre Russell after the West Indian all-rounder injured himself in the previous game while trying to take a catch of Rahul. Narine will also be under the scanner after rising suspicions from the umpire in the preceding game.
Head to Head (RCB vs KKR):
Kolkata savours dominance over the Challengers when the context boils down head to head. They have so far won 14 games while Bangalore could only manage 10 victories. KKR’s highest score in the tournament against Bangalore so far has been 222 while Bangalore has managed 213 as their highest.
The lowest by KKR against Bangalore has been 89 while Bangalore chronicled a humiliating 49 as their lowest total of the tournament and also against KKR.
It is going to be a scorching day for cricketers as the temperature is going to range between 34 and 36 degree Celsius with no chances of rain. Players will need a lot more stamina to belt out the best possible game from their kitty.
The only injury update so far has been on Andre Russell. Though a clear update is still to arrive, most likely Russell may be unavailable for today’s game given the knee injury that he copped in the game against Punjab. Chris Green may replace him or KKR may resort to an extra batsman by bringing in Tom Banton into the side.
Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik (C and WK), Andre Russell/Tom Banton, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav, and Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB De Villiers (WK), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Chris Morris, Navdeep Saini, and Yuzvendra Chahal
Match Prediction: Who Will Lose Today?
Royal Challengers Bangalore will most likely lose today’s game considering the ability of Kolkata knight riders to steer impossible matches from the sheer jaws of defeat, like the one against Chennai and definitely the one against Punjab.