Kolkata Knight Riders will go up against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 39th match of the Indian Premier League 2020. Two traditional rivals of IPL are against each other and Kolkata would like to take revenge for their last defeat.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have done incredibly well this year. As compared to the last few years, Royal Challengers Bangalore have improved in all three facets of the game. Their bowling, which used to be a lot thinner in the past few editions, now looks well-rounded. Chahal, Sunder, Udana, and Saini have all done well in the tournament.
Kolkata Knight Riders are arguably the most eligible contender for the fourth playoff spot. The selection of Lokie Ferguson immediately changed the dynamics of their team. Their bowling attack turned from defensive to attacking. Even though Kolkata Knight Riders’ bowling seems to have improved dramatically with only a couple of changes, their batting still seems to be in shambles.
Possible Starting Eleven:
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Eoin Morgan (C), Andre Russell/Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy and Kuldeep Yadav/Siddhesh Lad
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (WK), Gurkeerat Singh, Shahbaz Ahmed, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini
AB de Villiers, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, Chris Morris, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Yuzvendra Chahal,Isuru Udana.
As happened to be the case in the previous match here, dew is likely to play important role and batting second could get considerably easier.
The teams batting second are enjoying their time of late. The toss winning captian will like to field first.
First inning score prediction:
The average first innings score at this venue in IPL 2020 is 164 runs.
Head to Head:
Matches Played – 25
KKR – 14
RCB – 11
N/A – 0
Royal Challengers Bangalore- 55%
Kolkata Knight Riders- 45%
Bet365: RCB – 1.70, KKR – 2.10
Betway: RCB – 1.70, KKR – 2.00