The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season is set to witness two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders face familiar foes Royal Challengers Bangalore in match number 30. The match is set to be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. KKR have been woeful so far, losing five of their first seven games. Notably, they were blown away by RCB in the first meeting this season in Chennai. On the other hand. RCB have lost two of their seven games and are placed third. Both teams lost their previous respective games and need to bounce back.
KKR need a change in thought process and dynamics. The opening pair isn’t working and their reluctance to go after the bowling is hurting KKR. Now it’s whether you continue to back them or make some changes in personnel. Sunil Narine has been a misfit with the bat in the middle. It remains to be seen whether Shakib Al Hasan makes a return. Also, Eoin Morgan has failed as a captain and hasn’t led from the front. Former skipper Dinesh Karthik has been disappointing. KKR need to tinker with their XI and change the batting shape. It’s a must-win scenario for KKR and they have to be ready to step up and deliver.
RCB have been good in the five wins they have enjoyed so far. In the two games that they have suffered defeats, the margin of losses were by big margins. So there is a chance for KKR to target this aspect and give their all. After a poor batting show in their previous game, RCB need more finesse. They cannot afford a hot and cold reaction from the batting unit. With the ball, RCB have done well and they have performers who can bring plenty on the table. Unlike KKR, RCB have a balanced unit with plenty of firepower. Virat Kohli will be aiming to seal two crucial points and keep themselves in the hunt for the top two.
Here we present all the concerned details to guide you through.
Key details of the match
The match is set to be held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. It’s scheduled to start at 7:30 PM IST. Fans can watch the action live on the Star Sports Network in their preferred languages. One can also stream the match live on the Disney+ Hotstar app (paid subscription).
Here’s the preview
For KKR, the form of Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill upfront is a worry. They are too scared to take the direct route and spend too much time consuming deliveries. However, KKR need to tinker with the opening. Perhaps, going with Sunil Narine and Rahul Tripathi may help. Shubman Gill can be pushed in the middle, especially with Morgan being a dud with the bat. KKR’s hope down the order lies on Andre Russell. He has to bat sensibly and make sure the extra runs come. Karthik has been a major disappointment and he cannot afford another poor show. The bowling suffered against the Delhi Capitals in the previous match. After a disastrous show with the bat, DC blew the KKR bowlers away. The Knights need to execute things better. Shivam Mavi had two good matches ahead of the DC encounter. Cummins and Krishna hold key in the pace department.
RCB will count upon Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in terms of runs. Both players have a stupendous record against KKR in the IPL. This will be another opportunity for Devdutt Padikkal to make an impact. The youngster has played some notable knocks. Along with Kohli, Padikkal can be dangerous at the top. The positive factor for RCB is the presence of Glenn Maxwell in the middle. He was unstoppable against KKR in the earlier match. RCB bowlers have been terrific. The biggest plus is Harshal Patel, who looks determined to get wickets. However, he has been on the costlier side of late, conceding runs aplenty. Kyle Jamieson and Mohammed Siraj have been highly impressive as well. If RCB get a collective show going, they could trouble the KKR batsmen who can be shaky.
Probable playing XIs: KKR vs RCB
KKR probable playing XI:
Sunil Narine. Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
RCB probable playing XI:
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (c), Rajat Patidar, AB de Villiers (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Jamieson, Daniel Sams, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Dream11 team prediction (option 1)
Batsmen: AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Rahul Tripathi, Glenn Maxwell
All-rounders: Andre Russell, Sunil Narine
Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Harshal Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Kyle Jamieson
Dream11 team prediction (option 2)
Batsmen: AB de Villiers, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli
All-rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Andre Russell
Bowlers: Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
Which players can be the top picks in the Dream11 team?
AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli should be the top picks in the Dream11 Fantasy side. Both have a superb record against KKR. Meanwhile, Andre Russell is KKR’s best bet against RCB.
Glenn Maxwell could be the game changer once again. He has done a decent job this season.
In the bowling department, Harshal Patel and Varun Chakravarthy can be the ideal choices. Harshal, in particular, has been highly valuable.
Dream11 fantasy: Captain Choices
Andre Russell: The KKR all-rounder can be used as a gamble. With the team struggling, there is no one that can be counted upon as much as Russell.
Virat Kohli: The Indian captain has a superb record against KKR. He has got three scores of 30-plus and a fifty this season.
Dream11 fantasy: Vice-captain Choices
In terms of vice-captaincy, Harshal Patel and Glenn Maxwell are two crucial candidates. Maxwell can do an able job in that middle order. He has looked to be more responsible rather than getting carried away. On the other hand, Harshal’s wicket-taking capabilities can be a reason.
Other choices: Jamieson, Chakravarthy
Pitch report and conditions
The pitch will assist batsmen at large. However, bowlers need to bowl in the right areas and make things a bit difficult. Slower balls and cutters will be key. Win the toss here and chase should be the way forward. There is no rain predicted and the temperature will be on the higher side.
The teams batting second have enjoyed more here. Anything above 175 could be interesting.
The two teams have faced each other on 27 occasions. KKR have the edge in terms of wins (14) as RCB have clinched 13 wins.
RCB have been good to watch and are a valuable side. They look better than KKR given the overall impact. We go with a win for RCB.