Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Indian Premier League 2021, Today Match Prediction 18 Apr 2021

MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai, India

204/4 in 20.0

10.20 Star

166/8 in 20.0

8.30
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Toss Winner - Royal Challengers Bangalore won the toss and chose to bat first

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

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Name
MI
RCB
CSK
DC
RR
KKR
PK
SRH
M
Won
Lost
Tied
NR
PTs
NRR
3
2
1
0
0
4
0.367
2
2
0
0
0
4
0.175
2
1
1
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
3
0
3
0
0
0
-0.483

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.

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
SRs
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

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
SRs
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

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

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.

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

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Author: Dhinesh Kumar