Sharjah: The confident Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) team, after winning 2 consecutive close matches, would like to maintain this rhythm in the match against Virat Kohli-led RCB in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday. Both the teams have 8 points with 4 wins from 6 matches but KKR are placed one place above the RCB in the table due to better net runs.
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Both KKR and RCB have trouble batting, the main batsmen of these teams have failed to maintain the rhythm. However, KKR have changed the match of the match against Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab with superb bowling in the last overs in the last 2 matches, which will boost the team’s morale considerably. Even against Aasibi, the bowler would like to maintain this rhythm.
The biggest worry for Kolkata Knight Riders, however, will be the availability of big shot Andre Russell, who was injured in an attempt to take a catch in the match against Punjab on Saturday. Captain Dinesh Karthik, however, did not say much about his injury after the match. He said, ‘Whenever Russell is injured, the team’s difficulties increase. He is a special, very special player. We have to see and take care of them.
For KKR, Karthik’s coming into the rhythm is an auspicious sign which played a brilliant innings of 58 off 29 balls against Punjab. Opener Shubman Gill is also in rhythm. Rahul Tripathi, who was opening the innings in place of Sunil Narayan, scored 81 against CSK but he did not bat against Punjab. Nitish Rana and England captain Morgan have failed to bat well consistently.
KKR Potential Playing XI: Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Sunil Naren, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakraborty.
The entire team of KKR: Dinesh Karthik (captain and wicketkeeper), Andre Russell, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, famous Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakraborty, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik and Ali Khan.
Royal Challenger Bangalore will also have to try to maintain the winning momentum after captain Kohli’s strong batting defeated Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs on Saturday. The batting of RCB has been strengthened by the fact that Kohli, who battered in the initial matches, came in the rhythm. The 31-year-old smashed 43 against Delhi Capitals and then 90 against Chennai.
Barring opener Devdutt Padikkal, there has been no consistency in the performances of other batsmen. Aaron Finch and AB de Villiers are struggling to achieve the rhythm, in bowling Yuzvendra Chahal is in great rhythm. The arrival of South African all-rounder Chris Morris has sharpened the department for the team.
RCB Possible Playing XI: Devdutt Padikl, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shivam Dubey, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Full team of RCB: Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Aaron Finch, Josh Philip, Chris Morris, Moin Ali, Mohammad Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn, Pawan Negi, Shivam Dubey, Umesh Yadav , Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Pawan Deshpande, Adam Jampa and Isuru Udana.
Toss Time: Indian time today at 7:00 pm
Match Start Time: Indian time today at 7:30 pm
field: Sharjah Cricket Stadium