In the match number 35, hosts Kolkata Knight Riders will take on rusty Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Friday (April 19). It’s going to be all-important game for both the teams while considering the competition on the IPL 2019 points table.
Concurrently, Knight Riders are placed sixth on the points table with four wins in eight games. They are lacking on the basis of net run-rate with Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH).
Recently, Hyderabad-based franchise has won their game by six wickets, whereas, Knight Riders have lost their previous game against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) when Imran Tahir has bagged four crucial wickets.
Well, hosts had a scare when a bouncer struck Andre Russell on his neck during a practice session. However, the reports suggested that Russell is doing good.
Russell has accumulated 312 in seven innings. He is listed fifth on the list of must run-getters. On the other side, AB de Villiers is the top-scorer for RCB. He has amassed 307 in eight innings.
For RCB, Yuzvendra Chahal has snared 13 wickets in eight matches. Besides, Piyush Chawla has claimed six wickets in eight games.
Predicted Playing XI
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Piyush Chawla and Harry Gurney.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Virat Kohli (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Yuzvendra Chahal, Dale Steyn, Akshdeep Nath, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav and Washington Sundar
Overall: 24 matches; KKR – 15, RCB – 9
Eden Gardens: 9; KKR -6, RCB – 3
It’s has been fascinating for the batsman. The historic Eden Gardens 22-yard has a norm of helping out the seamers. However, the spinners had an arduous task at their hands.
Meanwhile, the batsman had an opportunity to make most on the surface. Interestingly, the fast outfield has added to the miseries of the fielding side.
Overall, considering the power-packed line-up, we could expect a run-fest in the much-anticipated contest.
It’s going to hot and humid. However, the cool breeze will further ease out things for the players. Overall, the humidity will extend to 80 per cent during the second half of the game.
It’s going to be a massive challenge for the team bowling second with a wet ball.
The maximum temperature will hover around 34-degree centigrade with minimum expected to be around 25-degree Celcius.
Over the years, predicting winners have been a tricky question in the field of sports. On their day, the out of form team has stunned top-notch teams, and IPL is one such example in the cricketing folklore.
The match between resurgent RCB and compact KKR has a lot to offer to their respective fan bases. With hosts playing at home, they’ve certainly an advantage, but the comeback from RCB has served as a warning before the storm.
The team winning the toss will opt to bowl first without an iota of doubt. However, the projected score could be anything beyond 190 on a placid-looking surface despite having a tinge of green.
For us, KKR will emerge winners in a thriller of a contest to improve their rankings on the IPL points table.