KKR eyes revenge in return clash against RCB
So far, IPL 2021 has lived up to its promise of delivering entertaining thrillers, last-ball finishes, and some great contests between bat and ball. As the tournament enters the second phase of the league round, the consistent Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on the talented Kolkata Knight Riders in the 30th match in Ahmedabad on May 3. KKR will eye revenge of their first-leg loss to RCB earlier.
Here’s a look at the head to head stats between the two teams.
KKR vs RCB Head to Head
|Kolkata Knight Riders||Royal Challengers Bangalore|
|Brendon McCullum’s 158*||Highest individual score||Chris Gayle’s 102*|
1) RCB and KKR played the opening match of the inaugural IPL in 2008. From that match, only 1 player will be part of the KKR vs RCB match on May 3. And that is Virat Kohli.
2) Brendon McCullum of KKR scored 158* against RCB in the 2008 IPL opener. Now, he is the coach of KKR.
3) McCullum’s 158* in the 2008 IPL opener continues to be the only ton from a KKR player despite 2021 being the 14 edition of IPL.
4) Since that edition, RCB is yet to win a title despite 3 appearances in final, while KKR has won 2 titles out of 2 appearances in finals.
KKR team news
Squad: Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Rahul Tripathi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Tim Seifert, Shakib al Hasan, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Sheldon Jackson, Pawan Negi, Venkatesh Iyer and Vaibhav Arora
Players to watch out for
Russell showed what he is capable of in the unsuccessful but valiant chase against CSK. He struck a brilliant fifty and set the platform for Pat Cummins to make another inspiring knock of fifty. But both the knocks came in losing causes. Nevertheless, Russell finally found his groove that was missing so far. If he gets going, any score can be chased down.
RCB team news
Squad: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pavan Deshpande, and the new buys Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Sachin Baby, Rajat, Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddin, Suyash Prabhudesai, KS Bharat
Players to watch out for
AB de Villiers: Slow track, double paced or fast-paced wicket does not matter AB de Villiers. He keeps the pitches out of the equation, and scores brilliant cameos out of nowhere. In the opener, he played a counter-attacking innings of 48 to set up the win for RCB. In the clash against KKR, he helped RCB to a tall score with a knock of 76 not out. Besides, ABD is a treat to watch. He is just unstoppable on his day.
Battles within the battle
Kohli vs Chakravarthy
In the first clash between the two teams, Chakravarthy got the better of Kohli cheaply, having the RCB skipper sky a mistimed shot. But Kohli finally found his timing in the next match against Punjab Kings, and would be raring to settle scores against KKR spinner. KKR skipper Eoin Morgan would be aware of this battle, and would unleash Chakravarthy upfront to have a crack at Kohli again. But Kohli is too good a player to let a bowler dictate terms to him the second time around.
Russell vs Siraj
Siraj has improved by leaps and bounds since the Australian tour, and is spearheading the RCB bowling attack brilliantly. In the first-leg clash against KKR, Siraj bowled perfect length deliveries to deny Russell big hits. And eventually, Siraj won the battle. Russell would be smarting from that embarrassment, and looking to make it one all. It would be interesting to see what plans Siraj would have for Russell this time.
Probable Playing XIs
Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers (keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Harshal Patel, Shahbaz Ahmed
Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik (keeper), Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakaravarthy, Andre Russell, Harbhajan Singh