Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Kolkata Knight Riders: 05 April 2019 IPL Match Prediction

Royal Challengers Bangalore Vs Kolkata Knight Riders: 05 April 2019 IPL Match Prediction

A Royal challenge for the Knights!

The 17th match of this year’s IPL will see the Royal Challengers Bangalore take on the Knights of Kolkata. A desperate RCB is still looking to salvage their first three points of the tournament. The Knights on the other hand are in a good position as a win will take them to the top of the table. Playing at the Chinnaswamy stadium, RCB will look to take advantage of the home ground and win to make their chances for the playoffs still alive. So, join us for the latest team news, starting XIs, key players, and of course our prediction.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

The misfortunes for the Bangalore side do not seem to stop. RCB succumbed to their fourth defeat of the tournament against Rajasthan. At present, nothing seems to be going in the right direction for Virat Kohli and co. With collapses in the batting unit and inability to defend scores, Bangalore faces a herculean task of making it to the playoffs. Kohli has been unable to reproduce his magic with the bat this season, so has de Villiers. The only fight shown in the batting unit has been in the form of the diminutive Parthiv Patel. Highly regarded Hetmyer once again failed to contribute with the bat. Stoinis, who was given his debut match against RR, looked to be in a better position than most of the current team players. RCB have yet to decide on their first team and more changes might be in order for this one also.

The lone star in the RCB line up has been the leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. With 8 scalps to his name, Chahal will have a difficult job against the big man Andre Russell. KKR have a destructive batting unit, all capable to clear the grounds. Yadav on the other hand has been inconsistent and was smacked badly in the last match. The management will have to choose a team accordingly, as the pitch is known to favour the batsmen.

Predicted XI

Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Mohammed Siraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Navdeep Saini, Akshdeep Nath, Washington Sundar.

Kolkata Knight Riders

The Knights got off on a promising start with two wins against heavyweights Punjab and Hyderabad. They recently suffered their first loss against Delhi in a thrilling super over match. A win against a struggling RCB will propel Knight Riders to the top of the table. KKR have an explosive batting order, starting from the openers all the way down to number seven. Sunil Narine will be back in the squad and is most likely to open the innings with Chris Morris. Robin Uthappa and Dinesh Karthik will also be on the lookout to score. But the biggest threat to the RCB bowling line up will be Andre Russell. The West Indian has been on fire and let’s his sixes do the talking. The small ground at Chinnaswamy is sure to get the Russell treatment unless Bangalore takes him out early.

The bowling unit for KKR will cause a bit concern for captain Karthik. They still lack the discipline to lock out in the final stages of the match. Lockie Ferguson and Piyush Chawla will be the key members in the bowling attack. Narine will also need to reproduce his old magic. Home boy Prasidh Krishna will have to step up along with Kuldeep Yadav.

Predicted Playing XI

Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Shubhman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Lockie Ferguson.

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    The small ground and a batting pitch are sure to benefit the side batting first. The big hitters of KKR and RCB will need to make full use of the conditions. Expect a thrilling match down to the last ball, with KKR going to the top. In short, KKR is favorites to win today’s match!

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