KKR vs RCB IPL 2021

Match Preview

Kolkata Knight Riders will face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 31st match of IPL 2021 on 20 September at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. Before the league was postponed, the two teams had very different seasons, with RCB occupying one of the four playoff berths and KKR lingering towards the bottom. Kolkata Knight Riders, two-time champions, on the other hand, would hope that the restart will aid them in rediscovering their form and stringing together a decent run of performances, while Virat Kohli’s team will want to maintain their form.

Pitch and Weather Report

The pitch is inclined more towards the batting side and slightly better for pacers.

Clear Skies with temperatures at 34 – 35 °C

STATS – T20

Total matches                               47

Matches won batting first             22

Matches won bowling first           25

Average 1st Inns scores             140

Average 2nd Inns scores            129

Highest total recorded                225/7 (20 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Lowest total recorded                 87/10 (18.3 Ov) by HK vs OMAN

Highest score chased                 166/6 (19.4 Ov) by HK vs AFG

Lowest score defended              129/6 (20 Ov) by ENG vs PAK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) Dinesh Karthik – The right-handed batsman has a penchant for sweep, reverse sweep that has helped his cause against spinners. He gave a decent performance in the first half of the IPL 2021.

Matches – 317

Runs – 6183

Average – 27.48

2) AB de Villiers – The right-handed batsman’s overflowing talent and temperament has helped his team in the past matches. He is an experienced player in this format.

Matches – 332

Runs – 9318

Average – 37.72

Top 4 Batsman Picks

1) Shubhman Gill – The right-handed batsman was drafted into the team due to his attacking techniques and his appetite for big runs. He is a wise pick for the next match.

Matches – 58

Runs – 1349

Average – 31.37

2) Virat Kohli  – The right-handed batsman is an aggressive hard hitter  player who has shown that he can lead his team with an impressive growth in this IPL. He is in great form and can be trusted to give good fantasy points.

Matches – 311

Runs – 9929

Average – 41.71                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                3) Eoin Morgan – He is a bold left-handed batsman, committed with his tactical and strong flair for the game. He has excellent experience in this format and a trustworthy player in the league in terms of consistency.

Matches – 337

Runs – 7337

Average – 26.87

4) Devdutt Padikal – He is a young left handed batsman who is a vital component of RCB as he has played excellent innings for them in the past. He has slowly laddered up the ranks to establish himself as an exceptional batter.

Matchess – 41

Runs – 1504

Average – 41.77

Top 4 Bowler Picks

1) Yuzvendra Chahal – The leg break googly bowler is an attacking spinner and leading wicket taker from his team. He is in good form and a wise pick for the next match.

Matches – 207

Wickets – 227

Economy – 7.61

2) Lockie Ferguson – The right arm fast bowler is quick with his good bouncer and his speed has made him a valuable player in his squad. He is considered as a major weapon in T20 and ODI format.

Matches – 76

Wickets – 81

Economy – 7.56

3) Mohammed Siraj – He rose as a seamer and with a remarkably swift bowling style. He has a deceptive run up that dazzles even the most experienced batsman and has bowled deadly spells for RCB in the past.

Matches – 74

Wickets – 96

Economy – 8.36

4) Prasidh Krishna – The right arm medium fast bowler started as a net bowler for RCB and took rapid strides to cement his place as a valuable player to the squad. He has given good fantasy points and bowled phenomenal spells in the 1st leg of IPL 2021.

Matches – 47

Wickets – 41

Economy – 8.59

Top 3 All-rounder Picks

1) Wanindu Hasaranga – The right-handed batsman and right-arm leg break bowler is a new addition to RCB and will be useful to the squad due to his strong skill set in this format.

Matches – 63

Runs – 770

Average – 17.90

Wickets – 83

Economy – 6.39

2) Andre Russell – The right-handed batsman and right arm fast bowler is a hard hitter who played phenomenal innings in his recent CPL matches. He is coming off with a great form.

Matches – 379

Runs – 6385

Average – 26.60

Wickets – 336

Economy – 8.42

3) Sunil Narine – The left-handed batsman and right arm off break bowler is a valuable allrounder for KKR and a precise, experienced player in this format. He played excellent innings in the first half of the IPL and is still expected to retain the form in the second half too.

Matches – 373

Runs – 2715

Average – 15.00

Wickets – 412

Economy – 6.04

Predicted Playing 11

Kolkata Knight Riders

 Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy

 Royal Challengers Bangalore

Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Wanindu Hasaranga, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendera Chahal

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Poll Winning Percentage

Kolkata Knight Riders – 45%

Royal Challengers Bangalore – 55%

Source- www.cricket.com