Preview: KKR aim for 5th consecutive win vs RCB
Two wins out of three and a super over defeat. A match that went down to the wire in Delhi. But as promised, the Knights don’t give up and they will always fight their last breath irrespective of the situation.
In the 17th match of Vivo IPL 2019, Kolkata Knight Riders will play the bottom-placed RCB in Bengaluru's M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. KKR will look to get back to winning ways after a close loss to Delhi Capitals, while RCB will look to bring their IPL 2019 campaign back on track after 4 losses on a trot.
Head to Head
RCB: 9 | KKR: 13 (Overall)
RCB: 4 | KKR: 5 (At Chinnaswamy Stadium)
DK and his Knights will be high on confidence when they face Virat Kohli's RCB. KKR haven't lost a single match in the last four meetings. With a better win percentage (58.30%) in Bengaluru than the host themselves, Knights will stay favourite to win this one given the recent form.
Chris Lynn vs RCB:
The Australian is clearly not in good touch so far in this IPL. But the next opponent in RCB can bring the best out of him. The last two games we have played RCB in Bengaluru, the opener scored a half-century each on both occasions.
Lynny has scored 177 runs against RCB in 5 matches. Our opener also has the best average (44.3) among all the other Knights against RCB with two half-centuries in the last two meetings in Bengaluru.
KKR in Bengaluru
Kolkata Knight Riders have the second most number of wins (7 wins) by a visiting team after Mumbai Indians in Bengaluru. Knights' win percentage (58.3%) is better than the home team's record (51.4%).
KKR Team News:
The super over against Delhi Capitals from Prasidh Krishna was an absolute class. He'll once again lead the fast bowling attack along with Lockie Ferguson and Andre Russell. Kuldeep bowled a tremendous last two overs and stretched the game for the Knights to Super Over. Considering the short boundaries of Chinnaswamy Stadium, the bowlers will have a task in hand to bowl in the areas based on the field placement.
A batting collapse against Delhi Capitals was the first instance when we went on the back foot with our batting. That setup a perfect platform for Dinesh Karthik to play a Captain's knock and his half-century along with Dre Russ' innings came at the right time and showed the batting depth we have.
RCB Team News:
Four consecutive losses, a humiliating defeat to SRH followed by loss against RR in Jaipur, Royal Challengers Bangalore have come a long way since 2008, but the script hasn't changed much for them. Marcus Stoinis and N. Coulter-Nile have just joined the squad and with Tim Southee at the bench, RCB certainly has some decisions to make in a big game for them.
RCB: Virat Kohli (C), Mohammed Siraj, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Yuzvendra Chahal, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Colin de Grandhomme, AB de Villiers, Shivam Dube, Gurjeerat Mann Singh, Shimron Hetmyer, Himmat Singh, Kulwant Khejroliya, Heinrich Klaasen, Milind Kumar, Pawan Negi, Devdutt Padikkal, Parthiv Patel, Prayas Ray Barman, Navdeep Saini, Tim Southee, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav
KKR: Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Warrier, Kuldeep Yadav, Shrikant Mundhe, Harry Gurney, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Nikhil Naik, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Chris Lynn, Rinku Singh, KC Cariappa, Joe Denly, Prithvi Raj Yarra, Robin Uthappa
Last Five Meetings
RCB 1-4 KKR
Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium
Date & Time: Friday, 5th April 2019, 8 PM