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Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator match of IPL 2021 on 11 October at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium. The Royal Challengers Bangalore are still hunting for their first IPL trophy, and this year is a great opportunity for them because they have the right blend of experienced and bright young players. The Kolkata Knight Riders had an outstanding second leg of the IPL 2021, bouncing back from the bottom of the table to finish fourth. They had won their previous two matches and would want to continue their winning streak.

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


Total matches                                     61

Matches won batting first                   34

Matches won bowling first                 26

Average 1st Inns scores                   144

Average 2nd Inns scores                  122

Highest total recorded                       211/6 (20 Ov) by IRE vs SCO

Lowest total recorded                        71/10 (13.2 Ov) by IRE vs AFG

Highest score chased                        183/5 (19.4 Ov) by AFG vs UAE

Lowest score defended                      134/7 (20 Ov) by OMAN vs HK

Top 2 Wicket-Keeper picks

1) AB de Villiers – With his wide range of strokes on either side of the wicket, de Villiers can dismantle any bowling assault. His innovation often left bowlers agape as his orthodoxy is compact and aesthetically beautiful.

Matches – 339

Runs – 9413

Average – 37.35

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

Matches – 324

Runs – 6264

Average – 27.47

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 – 65

Runs – 1569

Average – 31.38

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

Matches – 318

Runs – 10097

Average – 41.21                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             3) Eoin Morgan – He’s developed a reputation as a creative and free-striking middle-order batsman, particularly in shorter formats. A dangerous middle-order batsman on his day and a more than the astute player, Eoin is a vital cog in KKR’s cricket fortunes.

Matches – 344

Runs – 7369

Average – 26.60

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.

Matches – 48

Runs – 1699

Average – 39.51

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 – 214

Wickets – 239

Economy – 7.57

2) Varun Chakravarthy – He has significantly rebuilt his action and added additional elements to his bowling. He has proved to be an asset to his team so far. He took two wickets in his last match

Matches – 31

Wickets – 36

Economy – 22.66

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 – 81

Wickets – 99

Economy – 8.22

4) Lockie Ferguson – Ferguson is a real fast bowler with the ability to hit incredibly high speeds from a large frame. He has everything it takes to be a match-winner for his team.

Matches – 81

Wickets – 91

Economy – 7.47

Top 2 All-rounder Picks

1) 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.

Matches – 380

Runs – 2739

Average – 15.04

Wickets – 419

Economy – 6.04

2) Glenn Maxwell – Maxwell reinvented the contemporary limited-overs game by allowing his instincts to drive his replies to the ball, thanks to his athleticism and rapid reactions. He is a must pick for the next match.

Matches – 320

Runs – 7172

Average – 27.79

Wickets – 113

Economy – 7.71

Predicted Playing 11

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Kona Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Christian, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Kolkata Knight Riders

Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy


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Poll Winning Percentage

Kolkata Knight Riders – 45%

Royal Challengers Bangalore – 55%