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When the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League was shifted to UAE, the word around was to buff up the spin attacks. Now that we are a long way past the midway stage, we can safely say that buffing up the spin department wouldn't have had as much impact as was desired. On the contrary, it's the express pace bowlers who have made all the difference in the tournament so far.
After persisting for spinners for most of the tournament, Kolkata Knight Riders bolstered their quick-bowling lineup in their previous match and brought them back into the business. With a new captain and a new-look bowling attack, Kolkata Knight Riders will be looking to build on the momentum they gathered with their win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. They have a tough assignment up next, wherein they'll face Royal Challengers Bangalore who have done incredibly well this year. Both sides are sitting in the top half of the table and would want to keep it this way. This upcoming battle between the two-sides has all the ingredients of a mouth-watering encounter, which is to be played at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on 21st October 2020.
Gaining that important two points against Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkata Knight Riders are arguably the most eligible contender for the fourth playoff spot. Although they are still in a delicate position, they can afford to have a couple of bad games unlike most of the other contenders for that spot. The fact that they can breathe easy will take a lot of pressure off the Knight Riders and they'll be more likely to take better decisions.
It was one of those decisions that proved to the reason for KKR's win over SRH. The selection of Lokie Ferguson immediately changed the dynamics of their team. Their bowling attack turned from defensive to attacking and that change paid off as they defended an under-par total on a wicket that didn't really have any demons in it. As it currently stands, the Knight Riders are placed at the fourth spot on the points table with a net run-rate of -0.607. Their net run-rate is worst among all the teams in the tournament, but that shouldn't matter if they win three out of their remaining five matches.
Apart from the two important points, KKR would have got plenty of confidence from that super-over win over Sunrisers Hyderabad. Eoin Morgan didn't have a great start as a captain and this win would do a lot of good to imbibe confidence among the team. The experience of holding the nerve and doing well in pressure-cooker situations could come in handy in any of the upcoming matches.
Before the last match, Kolkata Knight Riders were the team to pick the fewest number of wickets in the tournament, but with their bowling attack getting a new dimension, that little piece of statistics isn't really relevant any longer. Another vital change that the Knight Riders made was to include Kuldeep Yadav into the playing eleven. While he didn't end up picking up too many wickets, his spell proved to be vital. Neither David Warner nor Vijay Shankar was able to fetch maximum off him and had to play him off.
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. It took colossal effort from Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik to take their team to a respectable total as none of the earlier batsmen could do considerable damage. Nitish Rana looked good in his short stay at the crease but would need to do more to make a telling impact on the result. Perhaps Gill played as per the role given to him, but he played a little too slow, putting pressure on the lower middle-order. KKR's top-order hasn't performed in the tournament so far and with Andre Russell not doing well either, their batting certainly doesn't paint a rosy picture.
On paper, Kolkata Knight Riders do not seem to be a bad unit in any of the two departments of the game. However, with Rana not doing well and Andre Russell's availability under the clouds, their batting depends heavily on Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik to accelerate at the end. Pat Cummins has proved himself to be a useful player with the bat and his presence certainly adds a bit of cushion to the KKR's fragile batting lineup. With the ball, however, they seem to be well buffed-up to tackle Royal Challengers Bangalore. Having said all that, there's no dearth of firepower available at KKR's disposal and if their openers manage to do well, RCB could have a tough time against the likes of Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik, who both appear to be in fantastic form at the moment.
Shubman Gill, RA Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Tom Banton, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy.
Just like the Knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore are coming off a win in a match that seemed to be slipped away from them for the better part of the match. However, it all changed once AB de Villiers decided to go bonkers against an under-equipped Royals' bowling unit as he flipped the game on its head in a matter of three balls. That win took RCB to the third spot on the points table. Now that they have 12 points in 9 matches, RCB will be now gearing up to finish among the top two teams and a win here could be of immense help for them.
Interestingly, Royal Challengers Bangalore's last loss came against Kings XI Punjab, making it two in two for the tournament. They made some critical changes to their batting order, sending Washington Sundar and AB de Villiers ahead of AB de Villiers, and that moved backfired massively as RCB ended up with a subpar total despite a scintillating cameo by Chris Morris towards the end of the first innings. They quickly realized their mistake in the subsequent match as they sent AB de Villiers in to finish the job against Rajasthan Royals.
While Virat Kohli has been pretty good with his tactics in the tournament, on the whole, his tactics against KXIP were questionable. Apart from sending AB de Villiers late in the order, he made several blunders in the bowling that allowed Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul to settle in the middle. Given the batting unit of KKR, Kohli would not want to repeat the same mistakes against and is expected to be a lot more aggressive right from the outset.
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 with ample experience and talent available throughout. The return of Chris Morris has helped them immensely, be it with the bat or with the ball. Chahal, Sunder, Udana, and Saini have all done well too, and having the sheer number of options in the bowling attack has worked wonders for Kohli.
With Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers available in the batting lineup, RCB has a batting lineup that not many bowlers would want to be up against. They also have Devdutt Padikkal, who has impressed leaps and bounds in the tournament so far. Perhaps the only real issue RCB has is the contribution, or lack thereof, by Aaron Finch at the top of the order. Although Finch has a good number of runs to his name in the tournament so far, he hasn't really created the impact he is known for. Regardlessly, RCB have a potent batting unit and the availability of several all-rounders in the lower middle-order only adds to their strength. Getting past this batting lineup would certainly be a huge challenge for the Knight Riders.
Devdutt Padikal, Aaron Finch, V Kohli, AB de Villiers, GR Singh Mann, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Mohammed Siraj, NA Saini, YS Chahal.
Unlike the trend in the first half of the tournament, the teams batting second are enjoying their time of late. The same happened in the last match here too as dew made batting second a lot easier than it was in the first innings. We expect this fact to play in the minds of both the captains and the one who wins the toss is expected to field first.
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Before the last match, the average first innings total at Abu Dhabi was 167. However, a low score by CSK in the first innings would have dragged that average further down. While this ground has short boundaries on one side, scoring here will be difficult because of the dry surface. The ball is unlikely to come onto the bat and playing through the line is going to be difficult. As happened to be the case in the previous match here, dew is likely to play and the role and batting second could get considerably easier. Spinners and hit the deck bowlers are likely to enjoy their time here. Considering all that, the team batting first should be in the game even after scoring a total of 155.
Check Out the Dream11 fantasy team lineup for the 39th Indian Premier League (IPL) - 2020 match, which is to be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. We have created the team assuming Andre Russell won't be fit to play this upcoming match. Do not forget to check back for the latest updated team right after the toss.
You may or may not have heard the saying - If Kohli doesn't get you, AB will. Well, that is exactly what happened with Rajasthan Royals in the last game. Kolkata Knight Riders' biggest challenge will be to keep both of them quiet and they certainly have the bowling attack capable of doing so. Having said that, given the form those two have been in the recent matches, it's not going to be easy for Kolkata Knight Riders. In the batting department as well, the Knight Riders have a visible over-reliance on Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, and Andre Russell to score quickly and that certainly will put some extra pressure on the batsmen in question. Considering the factors stated above, we believe that Royal Challengers Bangalore are better placed to emerge on top in the upcoming encounter.
Our Favorite Bets
Total Runs - Match - Over 320.5, 2.035 @ 1xBet
While the surface at Abu Dhabi isn't really known for towering totals, we might see an exception in the upcoming match. RCB and KKR both have decent batting units with the power to score more than the par score. We expect that it will be the case in the upcoming match and considering the returns on offer, this appears to be a pretty good punt.
Eoin Morgan to Score Over 20 Runs and Lokie Ferguson to Pick Over 1 Wicket, 4.32 @ 1xBet
Lokie Ferguson was the pick of the bowlers in the previous match and will hold the key to KKR's fortunes in this match as well. He is likely to bowl in the powerplay and at the death and will therefore have ample opportunity to pick up wickets. Eoin Morgan has been one of the most consistent batsmen in the KKR lineup and with Russell unlikely to be available, he will have to bat with an added responsibility. He should pretty easily score at least a total of 20 runs. This accumulator bet seems to be a pretty lucrative option.
AB de Villiers to Score Over 25 Runs & Chris Morris Over 1 Wicket, 4.00 @ 1xBet
Ever since Chris Morris has made his way into the playing eleven, RCB's bowling has suddenly started looking a lot more lethal. He has picked up wickets in almost every match is likely to be successful in the upcoming match as well. On the batting front for RCB, AB de Villiers has been fantastic. He played a phenomenal knock in his last encounter and will be brimming with confidence. Considering the stated reasons, this bet appears to be a good proposition as well.
Virat Kohli & AB de Villiers Both To Hit 2+ Sixes, 4.00 @ 1xBet
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are undoubtedly the best RCB batsmen. Once set, they can take any bowling attack to the cleaners regardless of the surface. They both have done pretty well in the tournament so far and hitting more than two sixes each doesn't really seem to be a tough ask from them. Make this punt with a chance to multiply your money four times.
Highest Opening Partnership - Royal Challengers Bangalore, 1.80 @ Betway
Kolkata Knight Riders have struggled with their top-order so badly that they've neither managed to keep wickets in hand nor managed to score at a quick rate. Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, seems to be having a pretty settled top-order. Devdutt Paddikal and Aaron Finch have more often than not managed to get Royal Challengers Bangalore off to good starts. Bet on Royal Challengers Bangalore to get a better first wicket stand.
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