KKR vs RCB, Preview: Knights take on unbeaten Royal Challengers in Super Sunday clash
It promises to be a super Sunday as the Kolkata Knight Riders take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore in an afternoon encounter at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The two teams are coming into this clash after experiencing slightly contrasting starts in this edition of the Indian Premier League.
After a clinical performance in the first game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the boys in Purple and Gold were well and truly on course for winning their second game against the Mumbai Indians. However, tables turned at the fag end and KKR failed to cross over the line. On the other hand, Virat Kohli's men have won both their games - against Mumbai and Hyderabad respectively - and currently top the points table.
For KKR, losing the match against Mumbai was a matter of disappointment. From cruising towards the target in the first half of the run chase, the Knights succumbed to some brilliant bowling in the death by the defending champions.
But despite things not going in their favour, the Knights look settled, with most of their bases covered. The batting unit at the top looks in sublime form, with Nitish Rana scoring two back to back half-centuries. Even Shubman Gill looked in good touch en route to his 33 against Mumbai.
For RCB, they have done exceedingly well in the bowling department so far. While their batting unit looks formidable with the likes of Virat Kohli and Glenn Maxwell in prime form, it was the bowlers who helped the team defend a fighting score (149) against the Sunrisers.
The two teams head into this game with KKR having a slightly better record of winning 14 games in 26 matches played so far.
KKR Squad list:
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Varun CV, Kuldeep Yadav, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Pawan Negi
RCB Squad list:
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Finn Allen (wk), AB de Villiers (wk), Pavan Deshpande, Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa, Shahbaz Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Kane Richardson, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Daniel Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, K.S. Bharat