The wait is over, and IPL will return to the famous Eden Gardens after a year on April 6, when Kolkata Knight Riders take on Royal Challengers Bangalore. KKR are coming after a loss, as the Nitish Rana-led side suffered a defeat in their first game against Punjab Kings. Meanwhile, RCB dominated their first game against Mumbai Indians, where the Challengers handed MI an eight-wicket defeat with 3.4 overs in hand.
Ahead of the upcoming clash, KKR and RCB both dealt with heavy blows. Shreyas Iyer, who was supposed to miss the first half of the season, got ruled out of the entire edition, while the same has happened with Rajat Patidar, who will not play a solitary game for RCB this season.
Amid Iyer and Shakib Al Hasan‘s absence, the Riders are low on match-winning talents but also received a boost as their star speedster Lockie Ferguson has joined the side and will feature against RCB. In the first game against Punjab, KKR lacked wicket-taking bowlers, and none of their batters excelled apart from Andre Russell, who would also be their go-to-player against RCB. Although, KKR have roped in Jason Roy as one of their replacements, but it is unlikely that the Englishmen starts for the two-time winner.
On the other hand, RCB had a near-perfect game against Mumbai Indians. Although, they will miss out on Reece Topley’s service against KKR because of the shoulder injury in the first game. Sadly, RCB’s premier spinner Wanindu Hasaranga is still busy with international commitments and will return after April 8.
To talk about the coming game, RCB are a better side than KKR on paper. KKR lacks heavily in their batting and bowling prowess, while the Faf du Plessis-led side will have a bit issue with the ball but are one of the best batting sides in the tournament.
This article will shed light on the pitch report, weather update and playing XI for the coming Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore game.
KKR and RCB have come face-to-face on 30 occasions, with Kolkata emerging as a better side with 16 wins. Meanwhile, Bangalore have won 14 games.
The pitch will be a dream track for the batters, as the ball will come nicely onto the bat, and it will be no surprise if both teams put big runs on the board.
The good news for the fans and viewers is that there are 0% chance of rain. Also, the humidity will also be less compared to other days.
When, Where and How to Watch?
- Venue: Eden Gardens
- Date: April 6
- Time: 7:30 pm
The match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore will be played from 7:30 PM onwards, while the toss has been scheduled at 7:00 PM. You can watch the live telecast of this match on Star Sports Network on TV in different languages. For OTT viewers, this game can be streamed for free on the Jio Cinema app and website.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Anukul Roy, Andre Russell, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (c), Glenn Maxwell, Michael Bracewell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Karn Sharma, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj
Kolkata Knight Riders: Nitish Rana (Captain), Rinku Singh, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Suyash Sharma, Kulwant Khejroliya, Jason Roy, Anukul Roy, Lockie Ferguson, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, Umesh Yadav, Harshit Rana, Tim Southee, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakraborty, Narayan Jagadeesan, Liton Das, Mandeep Singh and Shakib Al Hasan.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf du Plessis (Captain), Virat Kohli, Suyash Prabhudesai, Dinesh Karthik, Anuj Rawat, Finn Allen, Glenn Maxwell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, David Willey, Karn Sharma, Mahipal Lomror, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood, Siddharth Kaul, Akash Deep, Reece Topley, Himanshu Sharma, Will Jacques, Manoj Bhandge, Rajan Kumar, Avinash Singh and Sonu Yadav.