About the Match
The most stylish team of IPL, Royal Challengers Bangalore is all set to compete against the defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders when the two giants clash for another mark on 11th APRIL 2013 at the home ground of RCB. Having lost one game each, both the teams must be wishing not to add another one in that list and keep up the spirits high both of the players and the supporters. Before the match, it is really a tough call to guess the outcome of the contest, but one thing which is sure is the cut throat competition between the two.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Till now the run of RCB has been pretty good having won two out of their three games. Even the one loss was a close call which they lost to the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the super over. But the revenge was soon taken by beating them convincingly in which captain Virat Kohli showed what he is capable of. The main concern of the team is zigzag form of Chris Gayle on whom the batting lineup relies heavily. Still batting is of a low concern to the captain as there are names like AB De Villiers and Moises Henriques coordinating the middle order in near to ideal form. The bowling poses some problems even after having the well experienced Zaheer Khan and Muttiah Muralitharan in the squad, who do not find much of the support from local lads.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Having started their campaign with a win over Delhi Daredevils by six wickets the KKR have already lost a game which was against Rajasthan Royals. The team looks to be a well-balanced with skipper Gautam Gambhir and South African star Jacques Kallis forming the basis of batting line up and ably supported by Manvinder Bisla and Manoj Tiwari. The depth in batting is witnessed by reading the names like Yusuf Pathan and Brendon Mcullum other than those mentioned above. The bowling line up is also hot to handle for opponents’ batsmen which comprises of Brett Lee, L Balaji and the West Indian mystery spinner Sunil Narine.
Cricket has always been a game of uncertainty, and this game too is expected to be no different. Both of the teams are very strong on paper. The form of KKR’s batting is bit of a concern whereas RCB’s has performed splendidly well so far. With Kohli back in form, their team is heavily dependent on batting despite excellent bowlers in Muralitharan and Kartik. KKR seems to be over dependent on Sunil Narine and against Chris Gayle, he might not be as effective. I’d go with RCB as they are looking like the better team on field and equally good on paper.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, 1.80 @ Bovada