Royal Challengers Banglore
Post 2016 IPL, RCB’s current side is its most well balanced squad. Currently they are at the third position in the points table and just one win is required to seal their spot in playoffs. Their middle order looks quite weak after AB De Villiers. Devdutt Padikkal being unable to convert his aggressive start, is still a setback. Also, Aaron Finch is inconsistent at the top and is increasing the pressure on the middle order. Washinton Sundar’s power play bowling is a huge advantage to the Bangalore side. RCB has played only one match in Abu Dhabi and that ended up as a victory. An unchanged squad is expected.
Possible – 11
Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (C), AB De Villiers (WK), Gurkeerat Singh, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini.
Kolkata Knight Riders
After DK handed the reins to Morgan, Knight Riders won their first encounter under their new captain Eoin Morgan after losing the first. Their bowling looks excellent after the addition of Lockie Ferguson. They have already faced RCB, in Sharjah, where they lost the match by 82 runs. Andre Russell’s form in this season is far below than his par performance and it affects the team to a great extent. Shubman Gill’s lack of conversion of starts to high score post powerplay is a worry for their team. Narine bowling action is cleared by BCCI and his participation is expected in the match. Also, Narine’s availability is a headache to the team management on whom to drop – Cummins, Russell or Ferguson. KKR has played six matches in Abu Dubai and won four matches. That brings an advantage to their side despite the previous loss against RCB in Sharjah.
Possible – 11
Shubman Gill, Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Kuldeep Yadhav.
Both the teams would be fighting to qualify for the playoffs and it is not a must win game for them. This will release the pressure for them and play their natural game. Though KKR lost their last game against RCB, KKR is expected to comeback stronger and finish the game by a clinical display of cricket.
Kolkata Knight Riders will have an edge to win this match
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