|Match Date:||19th April, Friday|
|Match Timing:||8:00 PM|
|Expected Crowd Turnout:||60,000|
|Match Venue:||Eden Garden, Kolkata|
The Match 35 of the VIVO Indian Premier League 2019 will see Kolkata Knight Riders welcome Royal Challengers Bangalore at the iconic Eden Garden in Kolkata. Having started the campaign on a winning note, KKR’s progress in the league was cut short by three consecutive defeats. Having reached the high of No.2, they are now placed 6th in the table. However, the year 2019 has been very much forgetful for Royal Challengers, having lost 7 of the 8 matches. They will be playing for pride at the Eden Gardens.
Here is the detailed analysis of the Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL match:
|Key Players in form||KKR– Chris Lynn
RCB– AB de Villiers
|Weather Conditions||28℃, 79% Humidity, Winds up to 8 km/hr. Chances of thunderstorms and rains.|
|Toss Advantage||Team chasing has won equal matches as the team defending last season. However, teams batting second have won all the matches this season.|
|Pitch Conditions||Flat, Batting-friendly pitch. High humidity and dew may affect bowling later in the evening.|
|Venue Stats||Average Total (2018): 161
Highest Total (2018): 210/6 (MI)
Last Match: KKR 161/8 | 1627/5 CSK
|Ground Size:||Side Boundaries: 64 m, Straight Boundary: 82 m|
|Injury Updates||KKR – Matt Kelly has been roped in for an injured Anrich Nortje (Shoulder). Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti (Sandeep Warrier will be replacing him) are out as well. KKR almost suffered another injury after Andre Russell was hit by a bouncer against CSK. It will be interesting to see if he is fit to play on 19th.
RCB– Dale Steyn has been called by RCB after Nathan Coulter-Nile suffered a back injury.
|Home Advantage||Kolkata Knight Riders|
|Head-to-Head||KKR 15 – 9 SRH (0 Draw)|
|Form||KKR – W W L L L
RCB– L L L W L
Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Harry Gurney.
Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Singh, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini.
KKR vs RCB Preview
Kolkata Knight Riders might be in serious trouble. They have lost their last three matches – two of them at home. Having started on a dominating note, KKR’s campaign turned upside down after the disappointing defeat at the hands of CSK. They were then humbled by DC back at Eden Gardens before the defending champions piled another defeat on them. Having hit 183, 218, and 185 in their opening three games, Kolkata’s explosive batting was the talk of the town. However, fast forward to the eighth match and it now looks to be their weakness. The famed middle order of Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik is not clicking. Their scores in the games against CSK- 108 and 161- clearly exemplify this particular conjecture. Is too much reliance on Andre Russell the cause of this problem? May be.
Fine, methodical chase by CSK, handing out lesson to KKR’s batsmen who were given to needless, reckless excess and finished about 20 runs short. In the end, that proved decisive
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 14, 2019
KKR’s problems have been exacerbated by the dismal performances by the bowlers. In fact, Kolkata have the unwanted distinction of scalping the least number of wickets in 2019 IPL. The spin trio of Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, and Piyush Chawla look a shadow of the players they were last year. Not much help is received from Lockie Ferguson and Harry Gurney as well. With other teams like DC, KXIP, and SRH performing better, KKR are in a grave danger of missing out on the play off spots if they don’t lift themselves up.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, have been suffering from the same inconsistency, but at a whole new level. Their biggest problem this season has been the lack of depth and the inability to perform on all the fronts. If Bangalore’s batsman perform, the bowlers are unable to defend the target. If the bowlers perform well, the batsman don’t click. The team failed to gain momentum after the first win over KXIP. RCB will, thus, be in the contest only for the pride.
Although they are not in the best form of their life, Kolkata Knight Riders still are a capable side to win this contest at home. But don’t be surprised if things go otherwise.
Considering the flat nature of the pitch, choosing up to four batsmen is recommended. All-rounders will have an important role to play as well. Try to include more bowlers from the team bowling first.
KKR vs RCB Dream11 Prediction Team 1
Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Moeen Ali, Andre Russell, Yuzvendra Chahal, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav.
KKR vs RCB Dream11 Prediction Team 2
Parthiv Patel, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Robin Uthappa, Shubhman Gill, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Andre Russell, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.