Currently ranked third and fourth respectively, you cannot think of two more evenly matched teams than Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore, which consolidate their position in the top-half of the IPL 2020 points table Will fight to do. In the last two matches, Dinesh Karthik has proved his mettle as captain, and helped KKR win by pulling the rabbit out of a hat twice in two matches. Changes in his team and changes in batting order are spot on. (IPL 2020 full coverage)
Using Rahul Tripathi as an opener and retaining Sunil Narayan for decisive overs is a gamble that has paid solid dividends for Karthik. Even Prasidh Krishna in front of Shivam Mavi did an amazing job for KKR, the young fast bowler in what could possibly be called a game-changing over. Under the scanner for his form with the bat, Karthik dispelled those doubts with a half-century against Kings XI Punjab on the second day. With four wins, the KKR Juggernaut is gaining steam as the tournament enters an important mid stage.
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In current form, except for the Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians, RCB is most suited to break the pace of KKR’s win. Unlike its previous three editions, RCB started the season well, winning four out of six games. To make matters better, his captain Virat Kohli, who started with a score of 14, 1 and 3, won in form, his match-winning 90 being one of the best IPL knocks of the season. RCB are in good form with almost all of them in the top order, a superb bowling stock that kept the Chennai Super Kings from chasing a score of 170. With very similar strengths and barely any weaknesses, RCB and KKR will joke around for a position.
what: Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL, Match 28
When: Monday (October 12)
place: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Time: 7:30 pm
Royal Challengers Bangalore: In his first match of the season, Chris Morris proved why he is not someone who should be left out of the playing XI. His all-round skills are capable of fighting the best bowling and batting line-ups. Against KKR, Kohli is unlikely to tamper with the combination that won him a massive game against CSK
Possible XI: 1 Devdutt Padikkal, 2 Aaron Finch, 3 Virat Kohli (Captain), 4 AB de Villiers, 5 Shivam Dubey, 6 Washington Sundar, 7 Gurkeerat Singh, 8 Chris Morris, 9 Isuru Murna, 10 Navdeep Saini, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
Kolkata Knight Riders: Like Morris, KKR leads Famous with an unexpected hero. Sunil Narayan was reported for an illegal suspect bowling action, but that would not prevent him from going on the field. The only question mark is on Andre Russell’s involvement. The all-rounder tried to stop a ball on the boundary after picking up a knee injury and went off the field. One of the possible contenders could be Chris Green or Tom Banton to replace him.
Possible XI: 1 Shubman Gill, 2 Rahul Tripathi, 3 Nitish Rana, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Dinesh Karthik (Captain / Wicketkeeper), 6 Andre Russell / Chris Green, 7 Pat Cummins, 8 Sunil Narayan, 9 Kamlesh Nagerkoti, 10 Price Krishna, Varun Chakraborty
Statistics and general knowledge
– Virat Kohli is only three sixes away from becoming the third Indian cricket to hit 200 IPL sixes.
– Pat Cummins is one strike away from completing 100 T20 wickets
– Shubman Gill needs three runs to score 1000 runs in T20 cricket.
– Two more strikes and Yuzvendra Chahal will complete 200 wickets in T20
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