The 30th match of the Indian Premier League 2021 will see two teams with contrasting fortunes take on each other. 6th placed Kolkata Knight Riders take on 3rd placed Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad tomorrow.
In a case of history repeating itself, the last edition of IPL saw the Bangalore franchise winning both the home and away fixtures against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Along the same lines, Royal Challengers Bangalore recorded a victory when the two teams met this season, with the Knight Riders failing to reach the target by 38 runs.
Will Kolkata Knight Riders break the pattern and make a comeback with a victory? Or will Royal Challengers Bangalore continue their recent dominance?
Match Toss Time: 15:00 Local (9:30 GMT)
Match Start Time: 15:30 Local (10:00 GMT)
Match Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad
Head to Head
Matches Played: 27, KKR 14, RCB: 13
The conditions possess no threats whatsoever for the game as partly cloudy skies are expected throughout the course of the day and no chance of rain whatsoever. The temperature is forecasted to be hovering in 35-42 degrees Celsius and the humidity at the peak is likely to touch the 16 percent mark.
The strip at Ahmedabad is two-paced, with runs on the offer for the batsmen and purchases available for the bowlers. The batsmen must take their time to study the pace of the pitch before they can score with ease. Spinners again will have a prominent role, while dew can also be a factor in the second innings.
The management will be delighted that Shibham Gill was amongst the runs in the last match but will take note of the failings of Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi. The top order has largely disappointed this season and we could see a return of Sunil Narine to the opener slot. It is also to be seen whether a spinner will take Shivam Mavi’s spot in the team.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore has been able to eke out wins maintaining their fight for the top honors, regardless of stand-out performers in the team. The management will be not too keen to make many changes, but the spot of Rajat Patidar who struggled the last match will be under contention with Washington Sundar waiting in the wings.
Probable Playing XI
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi
Bangalore Royal Challengers (RCB): Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
AB de Villers has come up with the big knocks at the time of need and has really boosted RCB’s chances. Devdutt Padikkal has also been amongst the runs and is due to a big score. Andre Russell and Kyle Jamieson are our other must picks
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