Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) has emerged to be a very competitive side in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. Their bowling department has always been a weak spot, but in their last win against CSK, they were up to the mark with their bowling effort. As the tournament is moving on, their game is improving match after match.
Now, Royal Challengers Bangalore are scheduled to play against Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday (October 12) at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. Sixes and boundaries will be seen pouring in the small ground of Sharjah, but the bowlers will have to bowl tight spell to have the upper hand in the game. Let’s take a look at how RCB’s playing XI will shape in to beat KKR.
Royal Challengers Bangalore predicted XI against Kolkata Knight Riders:
1. Devdutt Padikkal:
20-year-old batsman, Devdutt Padikkal has been commendable. Playing his maiden season, he has shown his class while giving a good start to the team. In six matches, he has three times registered a half-century. Overall, the left-hand batsman has scored 211 runs in six matches at the strike rate of 124.85. Apart from batting, his fielding skill has also been a great asset to the team. If he gives similar performance throughout the tournament, it will be a big boost for RCB.
2. Aaron Finch:
Aaron Finch has amassed only 124 runs in six matches at a strike rate of 109.73. With the amount of international experience he has under his belt, he has not justified it with his performance so far. RCB will want him to stay longer and build a crucial partnership with Devdutt Padikkal at the top to give a good start to the team.
3. Virat Kohli (c):
Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli played a captain knock in the last match against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). When the other end was losing wickets, he remained unbeaten and scored 90 off 52 balls to help his team to set 170 runs target. Eventually, RCB won the match by 37 runs. Kohli’ss innings would have not only boosted his confidence but also of the team. If the captain delivers a similar performance against KKR, they are surely going to win the match.
4. AB de Villers (wk):
AB de Villiers forms the core of Royal Challengers Bangalore batting line up. The Proteas is also wicketkeeping for the team this year as Parthiv Patel is not playing. In the last six matches, he has scored 155 runs, including two half-centuries, at a strike rate of 177. 22.
5. Washington Sundar:
Washington Sundar has been magnificent with the ball in the powerplay. He has picked wickets while also not leaked runs easily. In the last match against CSK, he picked two crucial wickets of Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis to seal the win for the team. Apart from bowling, his batting has also been helpful. The bowling allrounder is a vital cog for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The fast bowling allrounder is the power-hitter with the team. Having height as his advantage, he can effortlessly hit sixes, and he has done it for the team in the last few matches. Although he is not bowling all the four overs, he has given the desired results accepted by the captain.
7. Gurkeerat Mann Singh
In the last six matches, Gurkeerat Mann Singh has featured in three matches but has not got the chance to bat. But he has made significant contributions in fielding, picking some valuable catches. The right-hand batsman will be looking to get the opportunity to bat against KKR.
8. Chris Morris
After missing the first five matches, Chris Morris joined the team in the last match against CSK and starred for them. He went on to pick three wickets while gave away only 19 runs in his four overs quota. His return in the squad has made RCB’s bowling department look more stronger.
9. Navdeep Saini:
Navdeep Saini is the backbone of Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has stepped in to take responsibility for death bowling this season. The pacer’s four overs play a decisive role for RCB. The franchise will want him to be consistent as the tournament goes on.
10. Isuru Udana:
Isuru Udana has got the knack of picking crucial wickets at the crunch situation. He has given prolific performance in the last four matches, picking six wickets. The pacer is going to play a crucial role for RCB this season.
Yuzvendra Chahal is the game-changer for Royal Challengers Bangalore. In six matches, he has picked up nine wickets at the economy rate of 7.78. The wrist-spinner is the lynchpin and go-to-man for Virat Kohli when the team badly needs a wicket.