Expect the big-hitters to rule the roost in Sharjah when Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) sq. off in Match 28 of the 2020 Indian Premier League Season (IPL) in a bid to consolidate their positions within the high half of the desk.
Bangalore has endured a combined begin to its season within the UAE. After beating Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in its opening fixture, it suffered a heavy 97-run defeat by the hands of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in sport two. However, the facet bounced again with two consecutive victories, in opposition to Mumbai Indians (MI) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), earlier than happening to a robust Delhi Capitals (DC) facet. Now, it goes into its seventh league sport on the again of a effective 37-run win in opposition to three-time champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
The Virat Kohli-led facet, which at the moment sits fourth within the factors desk, has at occasions struggled within the closing phases of an innings. Despite boasting a robust high order with the likes of AB de Villiers, Aaron Finch and skipper Kohli himself, the lads in pink have didn’t speed up in the direction of the top on a number of events.
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On the opposite hand, Navdeep Saini has been their handiest bowler on the loss of life, besides an costly outing in opposition to DC. With Chris Morris’ return and Yuzvendra Chahal’s outstanding type, the bowling line-up seems extra balanced and full.
Its opponent, the Kolkata-based outfit, might be eyeing a hat-trick of wins, having pulled off successive heists in opposition to CSK and KXIP in its earlier matches. Dinesh Karthik and Co. appeared to be heading in the direction of a sure loss at one level in each the encounters earlier than their bowlers confirmed nice self-discipline on the loss of life to grab victories from the jaws of defeat.
KKR, at the moment third within the factors desk, misplaced its opening sport to MI earlier than taking full factors from its subsequent two video games in opposition to SRH and RR, respectively. The opening pair of Rahul Tripathi and Shubman Gill has confirmed promise. However, KKR can have choice woes going into the match with Andre Russell getting injured within the final sport and Sunil Narine’s bowling motion being reported. Chris Green is more likely to exchange Russell, whereas Karthik might herald Kuldeep Yadav for Narine.
England’s restricted overs skipper Eoin Morgan and captain Karthik add worth to the center order. Pat Cummins leads the bowling departement and has in a position firm in Varun Chakravarthy and Prasidh Krishna, who starred with a three-wicket haul in opposition to KXIP.
An in-form Kohli makes RCB look much more dominant. The Indian skipper scored an unbeaten 90 within the final match and has greater than 200 runs beneath his belt from his final three outings. He, together with star opener Devdutt Padikkal, have the potential to show the sport round on their day. Chris Morris’ three for 19 is an encouraging signal as his expertise can show useful in the direction of the top.
KKR’s Gill and Varun Chakravarthy have been spectacular and will probably be attention-grabbing to see how Morgan fares in Sharjah. Cummins has gotten off to a tough begin with the ball and the Knights will financial institution on his expertise on a small Sharjah floor.
Squads (Probable XI)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (WK), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Chris Morris, Navdeep Saini, and Yuzvendra Chahal
Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik (C and WK), Andre Russell/Chris Green, Sunil Narine/Kuldeep Yadav, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, and Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Match 28: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Date: October 12, Monday
Time: 7:30 p.m