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Chennai18 minutes ago
In the first double header of the IPL 2021 season, two of the best white ball captain Virat Kohli’s team Royal Challengers Bangalore and ON Morgan will face Kolkata Knight Riders face-to-face. The match will be played at Chepak Stadium in Chennai from 3:30 pm today.
Morgan’s team is ranked England at number-1 in the International ODIs and T20s. Whereas, under the captaincy of Virat, the Indian team is second in both these formats. RCB have won both their previous matches. Whereas, KKR team won 1 of 2 matches and lost 1. In the last match, the middle order of both the teams failed.
KKR could not score 31 runs in 5 overs in last match against MI
Kolkata team could not score 31 runs in their last match against Mumbai Indians in the last 5 overs. Whereas, batsmen like Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell were present at the crease. Barring Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill, the team’s seven batsmen could not even touch the figure of ten. For KKR, Nitish has fitted two consecutive matches. Shubman and Nitish shared a 50+ opening partnership for the team against SRH and MI.
KKR bowlers performed brilliantly in the last two matches
One of the best things for the Kolkata team is their bowling. In their first match against SRH, KKR bowlers easily defended the target of 188 runs. At the same time, MI’s strong batting line-up was piled on for 152 runs. Famous Krishna, Varun Chakraborty, Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins and Andre Russell have troubled the opposition team a lot. In this case, the team will hit the ground with this bowling line up. Kuldeep Yadav can be included in the team in place of Harbhajan Singh.
AB de Villiers’ superb record against Andre Russell
Morgan has relied heavily on Andre Russell in the death over bowling. But it will not be easy against RCB. This is because Russell’s record against AB de Villiers has been poor. De Villiers has scored on Russell’s bowling at a strike rate of 221.74. However, Russell’s batting record against Bengaluru has been superb. He has scored 339 runs against RCB at a strike rate of 223.
Glenn Maxwell, Harshal and Shahabad were the top performers for Bengaluru.
At the same time, different players have won matches on different occasions to Bengaluru. The team won the first match of this season against Mumbai due to the personal performance of AB de Villiers and Harshal Patel. Whereas, in the second match against Hyderabad, Glenn Maxwell and Shahbaz Ahmed won the match on their own.
Bengaluru’s middle order is a matter of concern for captain Virat
For Bengaluru, it is a matter of concern that their middle order is not clicked together. RCB was the only team in the 2020 season to score between 7 and 15 overs with a run rate of just 7. This season too, the team scored 60/3 and 56/3 runs in the middle overs in 2 matches. Despite such a good batting line up, the RCB team could only manage 149 runs for 8 wickets in the last match against SRH. 6 batsmen could not even score 20+ runs.