Royal Challengers Bangalore is the only team that did not taste a single success in the tournament this year despite contributions of top order and bowlers. They drastically lost against Sunrisers Hyderabad and a humiliating loss in the tournament opener against Chennai Super Kings. But they seem to give the tough fight against Mumbai Indians and in the most recent game against Rajasthan Royals.
Kolkata seems formidable with two wins out of three games they played. Four days ago, they lost a game against Delhi Capitals by a super over. In all the aspects, the team seems formidable when compared to their opponents. Though there are contributions from other members, Andre Russell is the match winner for them in all the three occasions expect in the game against Delhi Capitals.
The absence of Sunil Narine in the game against Delhi Capitals had a huge negative impact on Kolkata Knight Riders. He is out of the game due to a shoulder injury and expects to join the squad for today’s game.
RCB has many issues to address including over dependency on top order. Parthiv Patel and Yuzwendra Chahal are the only consistent performers for the team on all occasions. Apart from predictions, Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers are the match winners for the team since they batted 79 and 62 balls respectively from all the four matches they played.
From the Kolkata side, Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine are the players to watch out for at Chinnaswamy stadium since they have a very good record there. Coming to head competitions, out of 22 games, KKR won 13 games and RCB won 9 games. Since 2019, out of 4 fixtures, KKR won all of them.
At Chinnaswamy Stadium, Brendon Mc Cullum slammed the highest score of unbeaten 158 and Sunil Narine slammed the fastest half-century from 15 balls in the history of IPL. KKR has the poorest economy rate of 9.87 at Bangalore and wicket loss rate of RCB is as poor as 18.00 in the current IPL season. Yuzwendra Chahal picked 47 wickets off 35 games at Chinnaswamy stadium.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli(captain), Marcus Stoinis, Parthiv Patel, Akshdeep Nath, Navdeep Saini, AB De Villiers, Yuzwendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmeyr, Umesh Yadav, and Mohammed Siraj.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Dinesh Karthik(captain), Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubhmann Gill, Prasidh Krishna, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Lockie Ferguson, Robin Uthappa, and Nikhil Naik.