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Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2021, Today Match Prediction

11 October 2021 | 19:30 | Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
138/7 in 20.0 6.90
139/6 in 19.4 7.07 winner

Toss Winner - Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and chose to bat first

winner Kolkata Knight Riders beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 4 wickets

Can RCB counter-attack the aggressive KKR for a place in qualifiers?

  • KKR won 5 of their 7 matches in second leg and qualified for play-offs with 14 points from as many matches.
  • RCB got 18 points from 14 matches and qualified for the play-offs in third spot.
  • Both teams have never faced in a play-off so far and KKR has a 15-13 win-loss record in IPL history so far.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS will win the match

  • Tournament: Indian Premier League 2021
  • Format: T20
  • Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates
  • Toss: To Bowl

Indian Premier League 2021

Name M Won Lost Tied NR PTs NRR
Delhi Capitals 14 10 4 0 0 20 0.481
Chennai Super Kings 14 9 5 0 0 18 0.455
Royal Challengers Bangalore 14 9 5 0 0 18 -0.14
Kolkata Knight Riders 14 7 7 0 0 14 0.587
Mumbai Indians 14 7 7 0 0 14 0.116
Punjab Kings 14 6 8 0 0 12 -0.001
Rajasthan Royals 14 5 9 0 0 10 -0.993
Sunrisers Hyderabad 14 3 11 0 0 6 -0.545
PTs NRR M Won Lost Tied NR
20 0.481 14 10 4 0 0
18 0.455 14 9 5 0 0
18 -0.14 14 9 5 0 0
14 0.587 14 7 7 0 0
14 0.116 14 7 7 0 0
12 -0.001 14 6 8 0 0
10 -0.993 14 5 9 0 0
6 -0.545 14 3 11 0 0

rcb vs kkr Match Prediction & Analysis

Both RCB and KKR faced off each other in their respective opening match of the UAE leg. KKR first showed their aggressive batting style and boosted their NRR which helped them to book to place in the play-offs coming from the bottom half in the points table. RCB on the other hand came back strongly after 2 losses to win 4 of their remaining 5 matches to easily go in the play-offs. They missed the top-2 spot owing to the NRR and loss against KKR would be a big contributing factor to it. Now, both teams have come back to face each other in the eliminator match and we expect both teams come all guns blazing in this contest.

Teams Preview

Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview

RCB openers Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal have got starts but failed to convert them into big scores very often in this season. KS Bharat has nailed down the No.3 spot in their team with massive 78-run knock last game and Glenn Maxwell has been their X-factor in this season. AB De Villiers have been moving up and down in the batting order and yet to make a mark in this season so far.

Harshal Patel is collecting heaps of wickets and is using his variations and slower ones to great effect in death overs. Mohammed Siraj and George Garton are given the pace bowling duties with Dan Christian medium pace bowling for company. Yuzvendra Chahal has been brilliant so far in the middle overs and Glenn Maxwell can roll over his arm if needed for the team.

Top players to bet on:

Glenn Maxwell – Maxwell has scores of 51*, 40, 57, 50*, and 56 in the last 5 matches at a strike arte of over 150 easily. He can take on the spinners in the middle overs with both his right and left hand batting styles.

Harshal Patel – Harshal patel has picked up 30 wickets in this season and leads the bowling charts. He has 13 wickets in the UAE leg and has took more than 10 wickets in the last over of the game across matches.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Predicted Playing XI:

Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Royal Challengers Bangalore Key Players From Previous Game Of Indian Premier League 2021

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
K Bharat 78 52 3 4 150
G Maxwell 51 33 8 0 154.55
A de Villiers 26 26 2 1 100
Bowlers O M R W Econ
M Siraj 4.0 0 25 2 6.25
Y Chahal 4.0 0 34 1 8.5
H Patel 4.0 0 34 1 8.5
Bowlers O M R W Econ
M Siraj 4.0 0 25 2 6.25
Y Chahal 4.0 0 34 1 8.5
H Patel 4.0 0 34 1 8.5

Royal Challengers Bangalore Actual Playing XI:

Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikal, George Garton, KS Bharat, YS Chahal, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, DT Christian

Kolkata Knight Riders Preview

KKR duo of Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill has complemented each other excellently with the former taking the aggressive route and latter playing conservatively. Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, and Dinesh Karthik has played some good cameos in the middle order and skipper Morgan is still struggling to find his feet. Andre Russell might return to playing XI in this match if fit.

Spin twins Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine has been their trump card in the bowling department taking wickets and troubling the batsmen consistently. Shivam Mavi and Lockie Ferguson are the pace bowlers expected to share the new ball. Venkatesh Iyer, Russell, Rana, and Shakib will share the fifth bowler`s quota of overs.

Top players to bet on:

Shubman Gill – Gill scored 51 & 56 in the last 2 matches and played the anchor`s role to help other players play around him more aggressively. He will be their key player in this knockout game if their batting needs a big score.

Varun Chakravarthy – Varun is having a brilliant season in the UAE leg with 9 wickets at an economy rate of just 5 RPO in the 7 matches. He has been troubling top quality batsmen with his wrong ones, carom balls, and variations.

Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted Playing XI:

Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan/Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy

Kolkata Knight Riders Key Players From Previous Game Of Indian Premier League 2021

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
S Gill 56 44 4 2 127.27
V Iyer 38 35 3 2 108.57
R Tripathi 21 14 3 0 150
Bowlers O M R W Econ
S Mavi 3.1 0 21 4 6.63
L Ferguson 4.0 0 18 3 4.5
S Al Hasan 1.0 0 1 1 1
Bowlers O M R W Econ
S Mavi 3.1 0 21 4 6.63
L Ferguson 4.0 0 18 3 4.5
S Al Hasan 1.0 0 1 1 1

Kolkata Knight Riders Actual Playing XI:

Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, Dinesh Karthik, Shakib Al Hasan, RA Tripathi

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 27 0 mm. 2.75 k/h From: SE 0%
03h 28 0 mm. 3.66 k/h From: ESE 0%
06h 29 0 mm. 3.37 k/h From: SE 0%
09h 32 0 mm. 2.66 k/h From: NNW 0%
12h 33 0 mm. 5.38 k/h From: N 0%
15h 31 0 mm. 4.82 k/h From: ENE 0%
18h 30 0 mm. 4.85 k/h From: E 0%
21h 29 0 mm. 5.15 k/h From: E 0%

Weather Conditions

Sharjah will have hot and humid conditions and the dew might settle down in the second innings to trouble the bowlers to grip the ball.

Venue Details

Sharjah pitch is on the slower side and batsmen might struggle to score runs more freely outside the power play. Pitch might slightly ease out in the second innings and batting becomes bit more easily. We expect the average scores to be around 150-170 runs in this match.

Toss: To Bowl

Chasing is the best option and 7 out of 8 times captains winning the toss has opted to chase in this pitch.  We expect both captains to continue the trend in this match too.

RCB vs KKR Winning Prediction

RCB has a top-heavy batting lineup with quality players in the top-5 positions. They lack batting depth below AB at No.5 and it is an issue for them. They have struggling to find their fourth and fifth bowling options with Garton, Maxi, and Ahmed going for runs often. KKR has a very long batting line-up with Narine at No.8 and the form of Morgan has been their concern so far. Russell`s return might boost their squad depth and balance greatly. They rely on their all-rounders for their fifth bowler`s quota of overs which might prove costly at times. We expect KKR to win this match owing to the depth and balance in their playing XI.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS will win the match

Author: Dhinesh Kumar