Bottom-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore will be hosting Kolkata Knight Riders tomorrow at M Chinnaswamy Stadium with the sole aim of opening their account. RCB is the only side yet to secure a win in the tournament. In four games, they have faced four defeats and are placed at the bottom of the league table.
RCB standing at the verge of being knocked out
The tournament is barely in the second week and Royal Challengers Bangalore has already decided their fate – the first side to be knocked out of the tournament. Four defeats in four matches have left the side wondering about what’s missing out. The dejected skipper Virat Kohli is still searching for the right combinations as the side has completely disappointed the fans in all three departments. Barring Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers – the only ones to score fifty, nobody else has managed to put an impact with the bat. Shimron Hetmyer, Moen Ali, C de Grandhomme and all the other big names even including skipper Virat Kohli have disappointed the fans to the core. Fielding is another concern for RCB as two-three chances on an average have been dropped in all four games played so far.
KKR looks to gain momentum
With two wins and one defeat in three encounters, Kolkata Knight Riders are comfortably sitting at the fourth spot and would be eyeing to carry their momentum forward. After starting the campaign with two wins in two home fixtures, Kolkata Knight Riders faced their first defeat of the season in the Super Over against Delhi Capitals at Feroz Shah Kotla after both the teams managed 185 runs in their respective innings.
Andre Russell has been the game changer for the side in all the three games scoring – 49*, 48 and 62. Once again he will be in the spotlight against RCB as the short boundaries of M Chinnaswamy makes him a perfect candidate for ‘Game Changer’.
RCB vs KKR Team News
- Sunil Narine missed the last game and is expected to return against RCB tomorrow
- Nikhil Naik is expected to make way for him
- RCB might rope in N Coulter Nile or Tim Southee to strengthen their pace attack
- Shimron Hetmyer has failed in all four innings now. He will be under scrutiny.
- Royal Challengers Bangalore will be playing under a lot of pressure after having faced defeats in each of their first four matches.
- Kolkata Knight Riders have a pretty well settled line-up but there seems to be an over-dependence on Andre Russell every time.
- Royal Challengers Bangalore are playing at home but they have lost their last three matches to Kolkata Knight Riders at this ground.
M.Chinnaswamy Stadium: Pitch report & Stats
Unlike the past few years, the first encounter between RCB and MI at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium was a typical high-scoring clash which saw 180+ runs scored in both the innings. Typically, a high scoring venue, M Chinnaswamy saw one of the slowest turfs in last two years but the previous game reflected the true wicket at the venue. Expect tomorrow’s encounter also to be a high-scoring entertainer. The short boundaries make it a heaven for batsmen and the average first innings score at this venue in IPL is 169.
My Dream 11 pick :
AB de Villiers
My Money is on RCB..