Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have had pretty similar outings thus far in the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Both teams have four victories from six matches and are in the middle of the points table.
However, it’s KKR, who’s at third with a higher net run rate of +0.017 as compared to Virat Kohli and Co, who have a net run rate of -0.820. But RCB would be high on confidence after their resounding victory over the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday.
The Challengers would also be playing their first game in Sharjah against the Knights on Monday, October 12. KKR, on the other hand, got out of jail somewhat against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). They will need to be more clinical in order to secure their place in the next round.
Pitch and Conditions
The pitch in Sharjah has been a batsman’s paradise thus far and bowlers haven’t had much to do in the tournament. The short boundaries won’t make things easier for the pacers and spinners by any means.
Out of the five games, the chasing team has lost four. Hence, batting first should be the way forward for the teams. The temperature will be around the 33 degrees Celsius-mark.
Playing Combinations for RCB vs KKR
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kolkata Knight Riders
Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Sunil Narine, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Probable Top Performers for RCB vs KKR
Virat Kohli– Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli has scored a couple of fifties in the ongoing tournament and has found his rhythm after a few low scores. Against KKR, the RCB captain has decent numbers as well.
In 21 innings, the 31-year-old has 674 runs at an average and strike-rate of 37.44 and 131.64 respectively. Last year, the Delhi-born also notched his fifth IPL century against the Knights at the iconic Eden Hardens in Kolkata.
Andre Russell– Kolkata Knight Riders
Andre Russell might be playing at an average of 11 in this IPL, but his numbers against RCB look scary, to say the least. In nine matches, the Jamaican has 323 runs at an average and strike-rate of 53.83 and 227.46 respectively.
Last year, he thumped the Challengers, though one of his knocks in Kolkata went in vain. Russell may not bowl though after he sustained a leg injury last time around.
RCB vs KKR Head to Head
Played- 25 |RCB won- 10 | KKR won- 15 | N/R- 0
At neutral venues (outside India)
Played- 3 | RCB won- 2 | KKR won- 1 | N/R- 0
Average first innings score: 212 (5 matches in IPL 2020)
Record of chasing teams: Won- 1 | Lost- 4
Match timings – 06:00 PM local time, 07:30 PM IST
TV – Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 Hindi, Star Sports 1 Select, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 2 HD, Star Sports 1 Select HD, and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi.
Live Streaming – The match can be streamed online on Disney + Hotstar VIP.
The prediction is for the team, batting first to win the match.
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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