Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are in need of a victory in order to seize their collapse in the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL). Virat Kohli and team lost the last four matches and are at the bottom on the scoreboard with a horrible Net Run Rate (NRR) of -1.901. Their next match is against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) today at the renowned M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.
While KKR has won two of their three matches, RCB has lost all of the four games this season. Also, The Knight Riders are on cloud nine after winning the home matches against the Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). They are working from tip to toe to bounce back from the defeat against Delhi Capitals (DC).
The atmosphere is expected to be pleasant with the temperature around the 26-degree mark. The humidity also will be on the lower side. There is no rain in the forecast as of now.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
The Challengers might bring in Nathan Coulter-Nile in place of Shimron, who has been nasty in this tournament. Nathan can partner with Umesh and Siraj in the fast bowling. Also, Washington Sundar may replace Navdeep Saini. Marcus Stoinis might open with the ever in-form Parthiv Patel. The responsibility would again be on the shoulders of AB de Villiers as Kohli would be dropping to number 4.
Parthiv Patel (WK), Marcus Stoinis, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Washington Sundar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Akshdeep Nath.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine is expected to come back in place of Nikhil Naik. Chris Lynn is also expected to get his form back. Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana need to boost up. The focus will again be on Andre Russell for both batting and bowling. Karthik and Shubman Gill also have to buckle up. Ferguson and Krishna are their fast bowlers with the spin-trio of Kuldeep, Sunil and Chawla.
Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna.
Most likely Top Performers
Virat Kohli – Royal Challengers Bangalore | Andre Russell – Kolkata Knight Riders
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Match Date and Timings – April 5, 2019 at 20:00 IST
Probable Winning Team
KKR is expected to win the match on the basis of their current form but one should never forget the hard work RCB must be putting in as they are yet to win in this season.
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Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/ Small Leagues:
Keeper – Parthiv Patel
Batsmen – AB de Villiers (VC), Virat Kohli, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana
All-Rounders – Moeen Ali, Andre Russell (C)
Bowlers – Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Grand/ Mega Leagues:
Wicket Keeper – Parthiv Patel
Batsmen – AB de Villiers (C), Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana
All-Rounders – Marcus Stoinis, Sunil Narine (VC), Andre Russell
Bowlers – Yuzvendra Chahal, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna.