Royal Challengers Bangalore will seek their first win of the season against the potent side of Kolkata Knight Riders. They are yet to win their first game and would like to get off the mark at their home ground M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. The opponents, Kolkata Knight Riders have lost their last match against Delhi Capitals and would like to get on the winning ways. Read the best IPL prediction for the match.
Royal Challengers poised to fourth consecutive defeat in this edition of IPL. The task is not going to be easier for the team ahead. They need to win eight of the remaining ten matches. The match between Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders at Bengaluru might be kind of a mismatch. RCB has lost all their matches while Kolkata has been going well this season.
IPL Prediction Performance Check
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli led side made two changes in the side in the previous match against Rajasthan Royals. They brought in Marcus Stoinis and we think it is now time to experiment with Nathan Coulter Nile, Henrich Klassen, and Washington Sundar. They can be replaced in place of Shimron Hetmeyer, Moeen Ali and Navdeep Saini maybe.
RCB needs to think positive and start afresh with this game while shuffling the squad. Marcus Stoinis can open the game and make a huge impact on the game. Playing him in the middle order might limit his capabilities.
Parthiv Patel scored runs in the previous match and remains to be at the opening slot. Virat Kohli needs to come back to number three and find the best combination for the top order.
RCB has lost the matches because of their poor bowling and fielding. Against the strong team of KKR, they cannot afford loose deliveries or to drop catches. RCB is still searching for the best performance from their players and a win.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders have started their campaign on a high note except for a loss against Delhi Capitals in the last match. They have proven that they are serious contenders for the IPL title.
Injury to Sunil Narine was a big blow for the franchise. They played with three overseas players and gave the opportunity to Nikhil Naik who was not well settled at top order. He didn’t throw his hands at bowling. He might be replaced with Shubman Gill if Sunil Narine fails to make a comeback.
Andre Russell is in great form and played an innings of 62 runs off 28 balls. With the likes of Dinesh Karthik, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, and Shubhman Gill, KKR has a strong batting line-up.
Bowlers all need to give in their best in the upcoming match. Playing three spinners on the pitch like this might be difficult. Piyush Chawla might be rested. Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Ferguson, and Russell gives the team an edge over bowling.
Head to Head IPL
Knight Riders have won 14 of the 23 matches that they have played against Royal Challengers Bangalore who has won 9 matches. KKR have won the last matches consecutively against RCB with the double in the last season.
IPL Prediction Playing XI Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Moeen Ali/Nathan Coulter-Nile, Akshdeep Nath (wk), Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
IPL Prediction Playing XI Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Nikhil Naik/Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna
Pitch & Weather Condition IPL Tips
The temperature is going to be pleasant at Chinnaswamy Stadium. There is a very slight chance of rain. The pitch is much better than last year with the ball coming on to the bat. We expect a high scoring match.
Toss Prediction IPL Tips
The toss-winning captain will elect to bowl first with the pitch likely to remain same.
Considering the current form of the teams, RCB seems to be weaker on paper and their bowling has also not been good. They have shuffled a lot in their line-up.
KKR has much better power in their side. Though Andre Russell has proved vital in almost all the situations. Even if they have won four of their last four matches against RCB, Bangalore would be looking to get off the mark with this match.