Kolkata Knight Riders will have a chance to break their three-match losing streak when they host Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday at the Eden Gardens. The Knight Riders, who were on the top of the points not very long ago, are languishing at the sixth spot after losing their last three games. What is even more worrying that two of the three losses have come at home which is considered the Knight Riders’ fortress. On the other hand, the Royal Challengers Bangalore are all but out of the competition with just 1 win in eight games. The Knight Riders have already defeated Royal Challengers once this season and will be desperate to do the double on the visitors.
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Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and decided to bowl first against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens.
Here is what the captains said:
“We’ll bowl first. We’ve been bowling a lot on this wicket and we’ll stick to it. It is a batting friendly wicket and that is what we are looking to exploit that. We have had a break and . Russell is fit and we are playing with the same eleven.”
“We aren’t too bad at setting a target. Last time when we played against KKR we set them a total of 200. This wicket is outstanding, proper cricketing wicket and we’ll look to make the most of it. Every game for us now is like a semi-final or a final, but the most important thing for us is to enjoy ourselves now. AB is not well and we don’t want to risk him. Klaassen comes in for him and Dale Steyn comes back for us after nine long years. His experience and his calm head are going to be very crucial and it could have helped in the earlier games as well.”
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI):
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI):
Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Heinrich Klaasen, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal