RCB vs KKR: For the third-round fixture of IPL 2021, Kolkata Knight Riders will go toe-to-toe against the table-toppers, Royal Challengers Bangalore at Chennai. The Challengers are perched right the top of the table with two victories from two games, thanks to a rollicking bowling performance in both the games, featuring a couple of different heroes that on each night.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the contrary, could have shared a similar feat if they would not have capitulated the game from a situation where losing it seemed more difficult than securing a win. To add to their woes, their most menacing all-rounder, Andre Russell have been under fire after an obnoxious display of apathy and sightlessness in the preceding game that cost Kolkata a sheer victory against the defending champions.
The toss will play a major role for tomorrow’s fixture considering the fact that the game will be played at Chennai and the surface becomes a ghastly bog for the team batting second, especially towards the end of the innings where it turns even slower and the ball hardly comes onto the bat. Both the teams will need a recognized batsman towards the end of the innings to post a resounding conclusion to their respective innings. A total of 155 plus can easily be a winning score on the surface if the bowling isn’t way off-colour.
A victory will be crucial for both sides as that will cement Bangalore’s pole position and if the game swings the other way round, Kolkata will manage to come on even terms with the table-toppers.
These are our captaincy and vice-captaincy choices for the upcoming RCB vs KKR game which can come in handy for you while you are making the Dream11 fantasy team.
Here is why these will be the best captaincy and vice-captaincy choices for RCB vs KKR:
Captaincy: Andre Russell
This may sound like a titanic gamble but in reality, Andre Russell has actually been an exceptionally handy bowler for Kolkata Knight Riders towards the end of the innings that saw him claim a fiver in the preceding game. Though the reason he is mainly looked up to in the shortest format of the game, his intimidating batting skills, he has failed to deliver that. However, he has compensated for the same with extraordinary bowling figures.
One of the major reasons for Russell’s frowns in the tournament has been woeful form against spin. He has simply failed to understand the variations and his frenetic swing of the bat have made life worse for the big-hitting Jamaican.
However, if we delve down the Bangalore bowling, they are mainly dependent on fast and medium-fast bowling. This is what leads to a danger call for them as that gives Russell his hitting area. Despite failing to clear the ropes in UAE that had humongous boundaries, Chinnaswamy won’t be a challenge at all if he manages to connect. That is exactly why we would tout Russell to be a perfect choice for captaincy in tomorrow’s rollicking encounter between the Challengers and the Knights.
Vice-Captaincy: AB De Villiers
Mr 360 has so far shown exemplary command in the ongoing edition of the IPL with the willow and the gloves. After a towering display in the season opener, he came in with an exceptionally handy performance behind the stumps that saw him taking a decent catch and leading a good display of fieldsmanship from behind the stumps.
With an exceptionally wide variety of strokes up his sleeves, the surface won’t bother him much. To be honest, barring Pat Cummins, Kolkata hasn’t got an extraordinary pace attack. This is exactly what will spike the hopes of ABD’s torment of his counterparts.
Krishna has already been helluva expensive and if he continues with such a mediocre patch, things will seem to be bleaker for the young fast bowler. On top of that, the size of the ground will actually act as a massive boost for the South African hard-hitter who has already had a call from Mark Boucher to rejoin the South African squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
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