Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) & Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face each other at the Eliminator T20 match of Vivo IPL 2021. The match will be played at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, UAE on 11th October at 7.30 PM IST.
RCB vs KKR: IPL 2021: Preview
RCB came back strongly after 2 losses to win 4 of their remaining 5 matches. RCB got 18 points from 14 matches and qualified for the play-offs in third spot. Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal had got good starts for the team. KS Bharat has nailed down the No.3 spot in their team with massive 78-run knock last game. Glenn Maxwell has been their X-factor in this season.
KKR first showed their aggressive batting style in the beginning of UAE leg. This boosted their NRR which helped qualify for play offs. Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill has complemented each other excellently with the former taking the aggressive route and latter playing conservatively. Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, and Dinesh Karthik has played some good cameos in the middle order. Skipper Morgan is still struggling to find his feet. Andre Russell might return to playing XI in this match if fit.
RCB vs KKR: IPL 2021: Weather Report
Sharjah will have hot and humid conditions on the match day. The dew might settle down in the second innings to trouble the bowlers to grip the ball.
RCB vs KKR: IPL 2021: Pitch Report
Sharjah pitch is on the slower side and batsmen might struggle to score runs more freely outside the power play. Pitch might slightly ease out in the second innings and batting becomes bit more easily.
RCB vs KKR: IPL 2021: Probable Playing XI
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan/Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy
RCB vs KKR: IPL 2021: Dream11 Team Prediction
Dream11 Team: Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, AB de Villiers, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Varun Chakaravarthy
RCB vs KKR: Result of last 5 Matches
Royal Challengers Bangalore: W/W/W/L/W
Kolkata Knight Riders: L/W/L/W/W
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RCB vs KKR: IPL 2021: Match Prediction
RCB has a top-heavy batting lineup with quality players in the top-5 positions. They lack batting depth below AB at No.5 and it is an issue for them. They have struggling to find their fourth and fifth bowling options with Garton, Maxi, and Ahmed going for runs often. KKR has a very long batting line-up with Narine at No.8. The form of Morgan has been their concern so far. Russell`s return might boost their squad depth and balance greatly. They rely on their all-rounders for their fifth bowler`s quota of overs which might prove costly at times. We expect KKR to win this match owing to the depth and balance in their playing XI.