Match: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (KKR vs RCB)
Date:October 21, 2020
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium – Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore face off in what will be an important game. RCB are currently third on the points table with 12 points while KKR are on 10 points and currently occupy the number four spot. Both teams will want to carry on their form as they look to finish in the top two, which will give them a huge advantage in the playoffs.
KKR will come into the game after a tight Super Over win against SRH. The team suffered two heavy losses against RCB and MI earlier and are yet to play to their potential. They got Lockie Ferguson into the XI in the last game, and the Kiwi speedster impressed with 5 wickets – including 2 in the Super Over.
RCB, on the other hand, bounced back from a defeat against Kings XI Punjab and won their last game against Rajasthan Royals. AB de Villiers smashed an unbeaten 55 in just 22 balls, but it seems that the side is heavily reliant on the South African.
The weather in Abu Dhabi will be hot and humid with temperatures hovering around the 38-degree mark.
The ground in Abu Dhabi has been flat and has aided the big hits. Both players have a number of big-hitters and we could be in for a run feast.
Both teams will be looking to bat first after winning the toss. The competition has helped sides that have batted first thus far, and the trend is unlikely to change anytime soon.
KKR Expected XI and Team News
Sunil Narine has been cleared to play but might have to wait his chances if Andre Russell is fit. Russell had pulled his hamstring in the game against SRH, and if he is unfit, Narine could make the XI.
Eoin Morgan: The Englishman has taken over the reigns of KKR and has anchored the innings to perfection in his last few games. He has an unbeaten 39 and 34 in his last two games, and has 248 runs espite batting lower down the order.
Shubman Gill: The opener has more than 300 runs in the season and has been giving his team handy starts. He had scored 34 when the two teams had last met.
Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell/Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
RCB Expected XI and Team News
Royal Challengers Bangalore won their last game and are unlikely to make any changes to their XI.
Chris Morris: The South African has been on fire this season and has nine wickets in just 4 matches thus far. He picked up 4 for 26 in the last game, and had picked up 2 for 17 when the two sides had last met.
AB de Villiers: The South African smashed an unbeaten 73 in just 33 balls when the two sides had last met. He also scored an unbeaten 55 in 22 against RR to take his team over the line.
Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Yuzvendra Chahal, Gurkeerat Singh, Navdeep Saini
Head to head record of KKR vs RCB:
The two teams have met each other in 26 games, with KKR winning 15 and RCB winning 11 games. RR and KKR met each other last week, where RCB drubbed KKR by 82 runs. Kolkata will be eager for revenge.
MPL Fantasy Prediction for KKR vs RCB:
WK: Ab de Villiers has shown why he is so highly regarded with two quick cameos in the last one week. He has scores of 73 and 55 in his last three innings, and will want to carry on his form. Dinesh Karthik struck at a rate of more than 200 in the last game, and is the key.
Batsmen: Shubman Gill has more than 300 runs this season, though his batting strike rate has come under criticism. Eoin Morgan is nearing 250 runs and has been anchoring the innings to perfection. Rahul Tripathi had scored two crucial knocks but has gone quiet of late, and will want to play a big knock. Devdutt Padikkal has been key at the top for RCB, and will want to anchor the innings.
All-rounders: Chris Morris has been crucial for RCB – both with the ball and with the bat. He has scored crucial cameos and has been on the mark at the death as well, picking up 9 wickets from just 4 matches. If Russell is fit, he deserves a look-in. Though he is yet to fire with the bat thus far, he has been a match-winner and should be backed.
Bowlers: Varun Chakrabarthy has been the X-factor for KKR this year and has been leading the spin department. Lockie Ferguson picked up 5 wickets in the last game and will be keen to replicate his form, while Yuzvendra Chahal has been the key in the middle overs.
Captain and VC: Eoin Morgan and Andre Russell
Match Prediction for KKR vs RCB:
Kolkata Knight Riders are the favourites to win the game, despite their inconsistencies this year. They are yet to play to their full potential and will be itching to get to 12 points in a crucial game. However, RCB are a strong unit and it is expected to be an engrossing battle.
Kolkata Knight Riders are the favourites to win.
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