Sunday, April 29, 2018

Vivo IPL 2018, Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders Preview: KKR, RCB Look To Bounce Back From defeat

KKR are fourth in the standing while RCB, having played a game less, is on 7 places.

RCB face Kolkata Knight Riders in a Vivo IPL 2018 match at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Sunday night. Equally teams would be looking to get back to winning ways after losing their earlier match. While RCB were denied a win by a MS Dhoni individual, KKR were outplayed by Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla. There is not greatly of a difference between the two teams in terms of their performance this season and also their results. KKR have won 3 of their seven matches while RCB have won two out of six.


Royal Challengers Bangalore              VS                     Kolkata Knight Riders
169/4 (19.5)                                                                    176/4 (19.1)

KKR beat RCB by 6 wickets

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kolkata Knight Riders

KKR last 2 games saw them lose to Kings XI Punjab (by nine wickets via D/L method) at home and Delhi Daredevils (by 55 runs).

In Delhi, they allowed the DD to build this IPL season's highest total of 219/4. While chasing they were constrained to 164/9, having lost four wickets for just 46 runs in the power play.

KKR will be hoping for an all-round game, since their bowlers and batsmen have not clicked in unity in the past two games.

Dinesh Karthik has led from the front in the batting section with the likes of his deputy Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Chris Lynn and all-rounder Andre Russell firing in agreement.

KKR concern will be their bowling, which has failed to secure even big totals. The spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine and pacers Shivam Mavi and Tom Curran were plundered by Shreyas Iyer and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi in their last game and will look to bounce back powerfully although it will be very hard at the batting-friendly Chinnaswamy wicket.

On the other hand, RCB, lead by Virat Kohli, have never got any momentum. Their 2 wins have comes against KXIP (April 13) and Delhi (April 21). In their last match, RCB failed to defend their total of 205/8 against CSK, who rode on half-centuries from MS Dhoni and Ambati Rayudu to win by 5 wickets.

That loss continuous to show RCB weakness in their bowling department. The spin duo of Yuzuvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar and seamers Chris Woakes and Umesh Yadav have done well in parts and need to fetch their best in order to avoid another defeat which could imperil their playoff chances.

In batting, RCB have a top-heavy line-up, with the existence of AB De Villiers (280 runs), Virat Kohli (249 runs) enough to hurt any bowling line-up. Mandeep Singh (171), Quinton de Kock (165) need to contribute more too.

Bangalore however, has failed to find the great opening partnerships, which could be a major cause of concern.


Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Quinton de Kock(WK), Brendon McCullum, AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Kulwant Khejroliya, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Colin de Grandhomme, Moeen Ali, Manan Vohra, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Mohammed Siraj, Corey Anderson, Parthiv Patel, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande, Tim Southee.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (Captain/WK), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Ishank Jaggi, Nitish Rana, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Tom Curran, Prasidh Krishna.


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