In the 39th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore will clash against Kolkata Knight Riders at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
While sitting pretty at the third position in the points table after winning six out of nine matches, RCB will look in to grab two more points to promote themselves above in the ranking. Well, they will not make any special change in their playing XI to face KKR.
Here, let’s take a look at Royal Challengers Bangalore predicted XI against KKR:
Although Devdutt Padikkal has taken off the burden from Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to score runs, he has faced problems to accelerate his innings after the powerplay. Also, while chasing a target, he has lost his wicket early.
The youngster, however, is playing a pivotal role for RCB this season. He has scored 296 runs in nine matches at the strike rate of 122.82.
Aaron Finch has not stood up to the expectation for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was bought in last year auction to give the team a fiery start, but the Australian captain has only scored 205 runs at an average of 22.78 and a strike-rate of 114.53 in the last nine matches.
Virat Kohli (c):
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli will, as usual, play a vital role to win the fixture against KKR. He has scored 347 runs in nine matches at the strike rate of 127.57.
AB de Villiers (wk):
AB de Villiers is a genius and always a difference-maker for RCB. In the last match against RR, with 35 runs needed of two overs, the game was slipping from the hand of RCB. But de Villiers smacked consecutive sixes to seal the victory for his side. Having him in the squad, Bangalore can never lose hope of winning.
Gurkeerat Singh Mann
Washington Sundar is bowling exceptionally this season. In the last meeting against KKR, he snared two wickets while gave away only 20 runs in his four overs spell. He partnered with Yuzvendra Chahal to suffocate the batsman to score runs in middle-overs which guided Royal Challengers Bangalore to an emphatic win. The off-spinner will look to produce a similar performance again in Abu Dhabi.
Chris Morris is in four matches has picked up nine wickets at the staggering economy rate of 5.25. His addition to has made RCB’s bowling attack more stronger. Morris is going to play a pivotal role to fulfil the franchise’s dream to lift the trophy.
Shahbaz Ahmed played the debut match against RR. Although the spinner proved expensive as he conceded 18 runs in two overs, he gave a valuable contribution in fielding by picking an outstanding catch of Steve Smith. He will look to redeem things with the ball against KKR.
Isuru Udana has got the knack of picking wickets at crucial stages. The pacer has picked up seven wickets in seven matches. Although he has not been economical, he has succeeded in giving breakthroughs to Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Navdeep Saini spearhead’s Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowling attack. The youngster has improved his ability to bowl perfect yorkers and can quite comfortably clock more than 140 km/h on the speed gun. His four overs play a decisive role for RCB.
Yuzvendra Chahal is the game-changer and match-winner for Royal Challengers Bangalore. His mind games bamboozle batsmen while his accuracy helps him to get the wickets easily. The wrist-spinner has picked up 13 wickets in nine matches at the economy rate of 7.65.