Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Indian Premier League 2021, Today Match Prediction

18 Apr 2021 | 15:30 | MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India
204/4 in 20.0 10.20 winner
166/8 in 20.0 8.30

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

winner Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 38 runs

Can KKR spring back against RCB juggernaut?

  • RCB has 4 points from 2 matches while KKR has 2 points from 2 matches till now.
  • Pacers have claimed 12 & 11 wickets for KKR & RCB respectively while spinners have 3 & 4 wickets only so far.
  • KKR has a 14-12 win-loss record over RCB but have lost their last 3 encounters against RCB recently.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS will win the match

  • Tournament: Indian Premier League 2021
  • Format: T20
  • Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India
  • Toss: To Bat

Indian Premier League 2021

Name M Won Lost Tied NR PTs NRR
Mumbai Indians 3 2 1 0 0 4 0.367
Royal Challengers Bangalore 2 2 0 0 0 4 0.175
Chennai Super Kings 2 1 1 0 0 2 0.616
Delhi Capitals 2 1 1 0 0 2 0.195
Rajasthan Royals 2 1 1 0 0 2 0.052
Kolkata Knight Riders 2 1 1 0 0 2 0
Punjab Kings 2 1 1 0 0 2 -0.909
Sunrisers Hyderabad 3 0 3 0 0 0 -0.483
PTs NRR M Won Lost Tied NR
4 0.367 3 2 1 0 0
4 0.175 2 2 0 0 0
2 0.616 2 1 1 0 0
2 0.195 2 1 1 0 0
2 0.052 2 1 1 0 0
2 0 2 1 1 0 0
2 -0.909 2 1 1 0 0
0 -0.483 3 0 3 0 0
Name
MI
RCB
CSK
DC
RR
KKR
PK
SRH

rcb vs kkr Match Prediction & Analysis

Kolkata Knight Riders started the tournament in superb fashion with a 10-run win over SRH but their stocks fell down after a demoralizing loss against MI in the last match. They were in a position of strength for the most part of the match and in fact they needed just 31 off 31 balls with 7 wickets remaining in the chase. RCB on the other hand are having a dream start with 2 back-to-back wins in the first two matches. They will be mightily pleased after defending a competitive total in the last match. Both teams will leave Chennai after this match and will look to win this match with the experience of playing conditions.

Teams Preview

Royal Challengers Bangalore Preview

RCB are high on confidence after winning their second match on a trot for the first time since 2014. Glenn Maxwell scored a superb fifty on a slow track and provided the surge to take their team to a good total last night. Skipper Virat Kohli played good cameos in both matches while ABD played a match winning knock in the first match.

RCB`s bowling has been superb so far in 2 matches. Pacers Mohammed  Siraj, Harshal Patel, and Kyle Jamieson have formed a superb combination giving wickets in powerplay and death overs consistently. Shahbaz Ahmed`s 3-wicket over changed the momentum in the last game while Yuzi Chahal`s form is a bit of worry and Washington Sundar is bit under used so far.

Players to bet on:

Glenn Maxwell – Maxwell`s knock of 39 & 59 changed the momentum of the game in middle overs in both their matches. He is a excellent player of spin bowling and will look to continue his good form in this match too.

Mohammed Siraj – Siraj has bowling figures of 2/25 & 0/22 in the 2 matches. His maiden first over set the tone for RCB to defend the total last night. He is one of most improved bowler in the last 2-3 months.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Predicted Playing XI:

Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, 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
G Maxwell 59 41 5 3 143.9
V Kohli 33 29 4 0 113.79
S Ahmed 14 10 0 1 140
Bowlers O M R W Econ
S Ahmed 2.0 0 7 3 3.5
M Siraj 4.0 1 25 2 6.25
H Patel 4.0 0 25 2 6.25
Bowlers O M R W Econ
S Ahmed 2.0 0 7 3 3.5
M Siraj 4.0 1 25 2 6.25
H Patel 4.0 0 25 2 6.25

Royal Challengers Bangalore Actual Playing XI:

Mohammed Siraj, Rajat Patidar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikal, YS Chahal, AB de Villiers, Washington Sundar, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson

Kolkata Knight Riders Preview

KKR`s batting collapsed dramatically to lose the match last night. Nitish Rana (57 runs) and Shubman Gill (33 runs) started the match with a 72-run partnership. Their middle order failed to capitalize on the good start and they ended with just 142 runs in their 20 overs. Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Shakib Al Hasan and Andre Russell must stand up with the bat to put the opposition under pressure.

Pat Cummins has been exceptional with the ball in the pace department and he is provided good support by the Prasidh Krishna at the other end. Andre Russell is superb in death overs claiming 6 wickets in 2 matches. They have variety in spin department with the likes of Varun Chakravarthy, Harbhajan Singh, and Shakib Al Hasan.

Players to bet on:

Nitish Rana – Rana has scores of 80 & 57 in the 2 matches and will be dejected after their team collapsed last night. He will look to lead his team to victory with an unbeaten innings in this match.

Andre Russell – Russell claimed 5 wickets in just 2 overs last match and has tied the opposition batsmen in the death overs. He will be dejected with his batting so far and will look to make a big score in this match.

Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted Playing XI:

Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

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

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
N Rana 57 47 6 2 121.28
S Gill 33 24 5 1 137.5
S Al Hasan 9 9 1 0 100
Bowlers O M R W Econ
A Russell 2.0 0 15 5 7.5
P Cummins 4.0 0 24 2 6
V Chakravarthy 4.0 0 27 1 6.75
Bowlers O M R W Econ
A Russell 2.0 0 15 5 7.5
P Cummins 4.0 0 24 2 6
V Chakravarthy 4.0 0 27 1 6.75

Kolkata Knight Riders Actual Playing XI:

Shubman Gill, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna, Pat Cummins, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Harbhajan Singh, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Shakib Al Hasan, RA Tripathi

Pitch And Weather Conditions

Hr Temp Rain W. speed W. direction Clouds
00h 27 0 mm. 4.48 k/h From: SSW 40%
03h 28 0 mm. 5.1 k/h From: SSW 30%
06h 30 0 mm. 6.73 k/h From: SSE 18%
09h 32 0 mm. 6.58 k/h From: SSE 1%
12h 31 0 mm. 6.51 k/h From: SE 14%
15h 29 0 mm. 5.67 k/h From: SE 93%
18h 29 0 mm. 6.21 k/h From: SSE 81%
21h 28 0 mm. 6.38 k/h From: SSW 19%

Weather Conditions

Chennai will have a hot and humid climate on the match day and the afternoon start might negate the dew effect on this pitch. We expect a full match with no interruptions.

Venue Details

We expect the pitch to break down further under hot sun and the ball might turn in the first innings itself. Bowlers will be highly effective with their slower balls and variations. We expect average scores to be around 150-160 runs on this pitch. 

Toss: To Bat

Both teams will look to bat first as the pitch slows down as the match progresses and afternoon start means the dew factor is negated.

RCB vs KKR Winning Prediction

KKR has one of the most balanced sides in terms of batting and bowling departments with a lot of variety. Their batting has been their biggest worry with no contributions outside the top-3 so far. RCB on the other hand relies heavily on the star trio of Kohli, Maxwell, and ABD in the batting department. Bowling has been their stronger suit so far but the Chahal and Sundar must step up to stop the opposition`s batting in middle overs. KKR has more depth in batting and bowling departments and we expect them to bounce back and win this match.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS will win the match

Author: Dhinesh Kumar