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MATCH PREVIEW BY SHIVANSH GUPTA
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 (IPL) in a bid to consolidate their positions within the high half of the desk.
Bangalore has endured a blended 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 recreation two. However, the aspect bounced again with two consecutive victories, towards Mumbai Indians (MI) and Rajasthan Royals (RR), earlier than happening to a powerful Delhi Capitals (DC) aspect. Now, it goes into its seventh league recreation on the again of a fantastic 37-run win towards three-time champion Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
The Virat Kohli-led aspect, which presently sits fourth within the factors desk, has at instances struggled within the closing levels of an innings. Despite boasting a powerful high order with the likes of AB de Villiers, Aaron Finch and skipper Kohli himself, the Men in Red have did not speed up in the direction of the tip on just a few events.
On the opposite hand, Navdeep Saini has been their handiest bowler on the dying, apart from an costly outing towards DC. With Chris Morris’ return and Yuzvendra Chahal’s exceptional type, the bowling line-up seems to be extra balanced and full.
Its opponent, the Kolkata-based outfit, will probably be eyeing a hat-trick of wins, having pulled off successive heists towards CSK and KXIP in its earlier matches. Dinesh Karthik and Co. gave the impression 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 dying to grab victories from the jaws of defeat.
KKR, presently third within the factors desk, misplaced its opening recreation to MI earlier than taking full factors from its subsequent two video games towards SRH and RR, respectively. The opening pair of Rahul Tripathi and Shubman Gill has confirmed promise. However, KKR may have choice woes going into the match with Andre Russell getting injured within the final recreation and Sunil Narine’s bowling motion being reported. Chris Green is more likely to substitute Russell, whereas Karthik might usher in Kuldeep Yadav for Narine.
England’s limited-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 towards 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 underneath 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 tip.
KKR’s Gill and Varun Chakravarthy have been spectacular and it will likely be fascinating 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.
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The two groups have confronted one another 24 instances within the IPL up to now, with KKR holding a 14-10 head-to-head win/loss report over RCB.
Last season, Kolkata and Bangalore shared a victory every once they confronted off. In the primary outing, Knight Riders chased down 206 whereas Bangalore efficiently defended 213 within the reverse fixture. Captain Virat Kohli’s 58-ball century had guided the aspect to a 10-run victory.
During IPL 2014’s UAE leg, KKR had confronted off towards RCB in Sharjah the place the previous gained the encounter by simply two runs.
Overall, the Knight Riders have gained the IPL twice and likewise reached a Champions League T20 (CLT20) remaining. Bangalore has misplaced three IPL finals and one CLT20 summit conflict.
West Indies and Kolkata all-rounder, Andre Russell, has all the time loved enjoying towards Bangalore, scoring 323 runs at a mean of 53.83 and strike fee of 227.46.
On the opposite hand, Kohli has amassed 647 runs at a mean of 37.44 and strike fee of 131.64 versus KKR, whereas RCB pacer Umesh Yadav has taken 13 wickets in 9 outings towards the boys in purple.
RCB: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (WK), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Chris Morris, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
KKR: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (C/WK), Chris Green, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti
TOP FIVE PLAYERS WITH MOST POINTS IN FANTASY SQUADS
1. Pat Cummins (KKR) – 84.5 factors
2. Sunil Narine (KKR) – 79 factors
3. Devdutt Padikkal (RCB) – 79 factors
4. Yuzvendra Chahal (RCB) – 75 factors
5. Navdeep Saini (RCB) – 73 factors
- Highest run-getter: KL Rahul (387)
- Highest wicket-taker: Kagiso Rabada (17)
- Highest particular person rating: KL Rahul (132*)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Adam Zampa, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Philippe, Shahbaz Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Parthiv Patel
Kolkata Knight Riders: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Siddhesh Lad, Nikhil Naik, Chris Green, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Ali Khan, Tom Banton, Shivam Mavi, Manimaran Siddharth
IPL 2020 Points Table
|Kolkata Knight Riders||6||4||2||8||+0.017|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||6||4||2||8||-0.820|
|Chennai Super Kings||7||2||5||4||-0.588|
|Okings XI Punjab||7||1||6||2||-0.381|
WHERE TO WATCH IPL 2020 – ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE VS KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS LIVE?
The Indian Premier League match Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders will probably be broadcast dwell on the Star Sports Network. Live streaming will even be accessible on the Hotstar app or web site solely for VIP and Premium customers.