The third match of the marquee event of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) will witness hosts Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) facing off Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
Incessant overnight rains and expected thunderstorms in the evening makes it difficult for the match to get underway. The past couple of days saw few sessions of showers in Kolkata-post dawn.
Rains during IPL season during is a common phenomenon at the Eden Gardens.
Many games in the last decade have been washed out or faced a reduction in overs, making Duckworth-Lewis (DLS) method come into play.
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The last time Kohli and his men competed at Eden Gardens, they were bundled out for a paltry total of 49.
This time around, the RCB will field balanced team after buying the entire bowling line-up of the Knight Riders. The likes of Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav and Nathan Coulter-Nile in particular.
The Knight Riders also gave away their cream in the batting lineup to the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). The likes of Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, and Manish Pandey are now in the Orange Army.
However, in a recent press conference, Kohli was asked about the poor record at Kolkata. The skipper shrugged it off by claiming that it was just one bad outing.
Kohli also mentioned about the importance of momentum in T20 cricket. RCB had a terrible campaign last year as they languished at the bottom of the table.
Concluding, Knight Riders will kick off their opening campaign at Eden Gardens against RCB on April 8 (Sunday).
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