KNIGHTS TAKE ON ROYAL CHALLENGERS IN A HIGH STAKES FIXTURE | TATA IPL 2023
The Knights travel to Bengaluru to take on RCB in a high stakes fixture on Wednesday. Having beaten the Royal Challengers earlier in the season, the Knights will be hoping to do a league double over the home team in a bid to scale up the points table. The two sides have faced each other on 31 occasions with the Knights edging the Head-to- Head with 17 wins.
Earlier this season, we batted first against RCB and put on a mammoth 204 runs with the bat, featuring an astonishing late order assault from Shardul Thakur and Rinku Singh.
In reply, the Royal Challengers were bundled out for just 123 with the Knights spin trio running circles around the RCB batsmen snaring 9 of the 10 wickets to fall on the night. The Knights however will know that the Royal Challengers are coming into this fixture in sublime form and the Knights will be at their best to beat the home side in their yard.
The Chinnaswamy Stadium has historically been a high scoring ground but the wicket this year has offered something to the seamers with the Royal Challengers being able to defend scores around the 175-190 mark in their last couple of games. The Knights think tank would have taken notice of how the RCB quicks have made use of the conditions and our seamers could influence proceedings on Wednesday. Sides batting first have fared better at the Chinnaswamy this season, with the home team having won their last 3 games batting first. Rain could also play a part in the proceedings as a passing shower or two can force the two teams into a re-think.
For the Knights, Jason Roy has looked in great form with the bat and the Knights will be counting on him to take the attack to the opposition so that the KKR middle order can make the most of the conditions in the later stages. Youngster Suyash Sharma who has enjoyed a dream debut season and Varun Chakravarthy, will be ones to watch amongst the Knights bowlers. Pacers Umesh Yadav and Lockie Ferguson could also play key roles if the conditions continue to assist pacers in Bengaluru.
With 2 crucial points on the line, this fixture promises plenty of action, excitement and drama and come Wednesday the Knights will be looking to give it their all in a bid to return home with maximum points.