Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders will meet each other in match number 28 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season. Both sides have eight points from six games and are third and fourth respectively.
For RCB, the return of Chris Morris lifts the side massively. He had missed the first five games due to injury. The Proteas all-rounder took 3/19 against CSK and led the bowling unit. Washington Sundar and Navdeep Saini hold the key with the ball. Skipper Virat Kohli’s form will please RCB.
KKR fought back from losing positions against both CSK and KXIP to clinch crucial wins. That will give them confidence. However, they are fretting over Andre Russell’s knee injury, If he misses out, Tom Banton might get a look in. His hard-hitting abilities will be a blessing at Sharjah.
RCB vs KKR: Dream11 team prediction
Batsmen: Devdutt Padikkal, Shubman Gill (vc), Virat Kohli (c), Eoin Morgan.
Wicket-keeper: Dinesh Karthik.
All-rounders: Washington Sundar, Chris Morris.
Bowlers: Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Rationale behind the Dream11 team
Padikkal and Gill have impressed largely in IPL 2020 and the two youngsters are included. Kohli gets the leadership nod. He has found form in a crucial period. Morgan has done enough to stake a claim in the side. Karthik pips AB de Villiers as the wicketkeeper.
Sundar has been superb in the powerplay overs and is joined by Morris as the second all-rounder. The bowling is power-packed with Cummins, Krishna and Saini as the pacers. Chahal is the lone main spinner.
Probable starting XI
RCB – Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Gurkeerat, Yuzvendra Chahal.
KKR – Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Tom Banton/Andre Russell, Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy.
It’s going to be a tight game. However, we fancy KKR winning this one.
In 24 meetings, KKR have won 14, RCB have pocketed 10.
Live telecast and streaming details
Date – October 12
Time – 7.30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Live – Star Sports
Live Streaming – Disney + Hotstar VIP