Football said,"Why I am not a cricket ball to get a shot from Sachin".
Behind every competitive cricket player, there is always the team spirit that plays a critical role in all of their success stories.
Will kings dominate or knights write a new success story?
Who likes to compete with the lions to tame them in the final game?
This is a very interesting game to watch because the loser in this game must finish their dreams from now on!
Royal Challengers Bangalore will be up against Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL Eliminator tonight. RCB must be wary of the challenges that are up ahead of them, as they know KKR can turn the game around with sheer will, like they did in the second half of the IPL season.
Also, let’s not forget that RCB were beaten black and blue when they faced KKR last time, getting bowled out for 92.
RCB are coming into this game with a superb win over Delhi Capitals, where KS Bharat slammed a six off the last ball to win a thriller!
As far as the teams are concerned, RCB has a decent bowling attack with sufficient star power. However, its batting has been considerably inconsistent while it is heavily dependent on skipper Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers. Luckily, Glenn Maxwell has been in tremendous form with the bat.
Contrary to RCB, KKR has prominent bowling line up. As far as its batting is concerned, its top-order has been lethal for the opposition bowlers, mainly openers Shubman Gill and uncapped Venkatesh Iyer, along with Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana. A lot will be expected from spinner Varun Chakrawarthy.
Playing 11 ---
RCB: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, George Garton, Mohammed Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal.
KKR: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi and Varun Chakravarthy.
The team, led by Virat Kohli, finished third on the table with 18 points from 14 games in the event.
They could have finished second, but Chennai Super Kings edged them out on net run rate. Both teams will be high on confidence after winning their respective last matches.
The pitch in Sharjah hasn’t been an overly great one for batting. Run-making in the powerplay will hold a lot of importance. When the ball gets old, it becomes tough to score runs. Chasing should be the way forward as five out of eight games have been won by the chasing teams.
Avg first innings score: 137 (8 matches in the IPL 2021 at Sharjah)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 3, Tied – 0
Played – 29 | Kolkata Knight Riders – 16 | Royal Challengers Bangalore– 13 |N/R – 0
Played – 4 | Kolkata Knight Riders – 2 | Royal Challengers Bangalore– 2 |N/R – 0
Virat Kohli hasn’t quite had the campaign he would have expected to when the IPL got underway back in April. The right-hander has notched 14 games in which he has scored only 366 runs at an average of 28.15 and a strike rate of 119.60. In his previous two outings against KKR, Kohli flattered to deceive. He will look to get some runs in the crunch encounter.
Varun Chakravarthy has been outstanding for the Knight Riders in the second leg of IPL 2021. In the entire tournament, the tweaker has notched 16 wickets from 14 games at an incredible economy rate of 6.50. The last time when KKR met RCB, Chakravarthy became the Player of the Match after he picked up three wickets and gave away only 13 runs.
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