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|Colin de Grandhomme||11||6||0||1||183.33|
|Quinton de Kock||29||27||3||1||107.41|
The IPL table is extremely packed right now and every team is just a couple of matches away from making a move towards the top. This is exactly what RCB fans would be hoping for as their team continues to find ways to lose from strong positions. Their opponent in this match is a KKR unit that has hit a stumbling block after a good start to the tournament. Losses to the Kings XI Punjab, when the rain did not do them any favors, and the Delhi Daredevils, where they put in a poor performance has left them in a position from where they could slide down the table very quickly.
Every match is important at this stage in the IPL and this one is no different. The team that handles the pressure better will come out tops.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore team would have been devastated at losing their last match after scoring over 200 runs. It is, unfortunately, a story which has repeated itself this season as RCB is still struggling to put together a good bowling unit.
Runs from Quinton de Kock, AB de Villiers, and Mandeep Singh are a positive sign moving forward. Even Virat Kohli got a good start and it just looks like a matter of time before he gets into the act as well.
What is the solution to their bowling woes, though?
Apart from Yuzvendra Chahal and Umesh Yadav, no other bowler has looked like being a threat to the opposition. Even containing runs seems like an uphill task for Corey Anderson, Pawan Negi, and Mohammad Siraj.
Washington Sundar had an off-day but there is plenty to suggest that his all-around skills could be better utilized by his team. Some amount of blame for RCb’s poor predicament has to go the captaincy of Virat Kohli as well.
He has made poor choices and has persisted with bowlers that are being carted around instead of giving someone else a chance. Colin de Grandhomme was a spectator in the last match even though he is a more than handy international level bowler. Surely an over to give him a try was worth it when everyone else seemed to be traveling the distance.
The obsession with Pawan Negi also is just not understandable to us at the moment. Neither his batting nor his bowling looks to be the caliber worthy of this competition. RCB must look at its bench strength and find some way to put up a better-balanced bowling attack.
Thankfully for the fans, the RCB batting is a treat to watch at the moment. AB de Villiers is in phenomenal form and playing some truly outrageous shots. If there was one criticism of him then that would be to ask for even longer innings with bigger runs.
It looks clear that RCB must find a way for its batsmen to compensate for its bowling. Maybe chasing is the way to go in future matches but then the toss is not always a certainty either. Luckily, RCB’s batting might will be up against a bowling attack that will be low on confidence after the mauling they received in Delhi.
Quinton de Kock, Brendon McCullum, V Kohli, M Vohra, M Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Murugan Ashwin, TG Southee, Umesh Yadav, M Siraj, YS Chahal.
Some very clear weaknesses seem to be emerging in the KKR setup and every team around the league would have taken note. KKR’s biggest weapon this season was supposed to be Chris Lynn. The six hitting machine has been very subdued and found it difficult to get going on slower Indian pitches as compared to the ones he gets back home in Australia.
His best chance of success would be on a flat Chinnaswamy wicket on a stadium with small boundaries and the worst bowling attack in this edition of the IPL.
Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, and Andre Russell form a very dangerous middle order for KKR. In fact, Russells form with the bat has been so good that he is able to compensate for a lot of the other player's shortcomings.
We cannot understand why KKR insists on opening with Sunil Narine. He is a flash in the pan and has now been found out by opposition teams. Instead, they have a class player in Shubman Gill who could very well open the inning and possibly do a better job than Narine.
Backing youngsters is something that KKR did in the auction but they are unable to give them the opportunities when it comes to the match. KKR’s bowling attack is pretty spin heavy and they would be hoping that the pitch in Bangalore plays similar to what it did in the last match.
There was plenty of spin on offer in that match and it was the medium pacers that traveled. With Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, and Kuldeep Yadav in their playing eleven, KKR could give RCB a tough time.
The biggest test for the spinners will be to cope with AB de Villiers and his variety of sweeps that he seems to play with the utmost ease.
KKR has hit a stumbling block in their campaign and a loss to RCB could be very expensive for them in the latter stages of the tournament. They do, however, have the players to be able to turn this around pretty quickly.
We would make a few changes to the batting order, give Andre Russell some more time in the middle, and hope that Chris Lynn plays one of those innings that he is so famous for. Everything else will fall into place by itself.
Chris Lynn, SP Narine, RV Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Shivam Mavi, Piyush Chawla, MG Johnson, Kuldeep Yadav.
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A clear day with no rain has been predicted for match day right now. We would take that prediction with just a pinch of salt, though, because rain and the Chinnaswamy stadium seem to have a very close relationship.
We think the pitch will be one that takes spin and will offer some help to the spinners. Scoring runs with the new ball and avoiding losing wickets in clumps will be very important to put together a big score.
RCB lost a nail-biter to KKR early on this season and have now lost four out of the last five matches between the two sides. Home advantage has also not been something that RCB can depend upon since they have an abysmal record at the ground over the last two years.
The odds being offered for KKR as well as the overall balance of their team leaves us in no doubt about the team to back in this match.
Back the Kolkata Knight Riders to win.
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