Match Preview – KKR vs RCB thirty sixth Match, IPL

Match particulars

Kolkata Knight Riders (2nd; W4, L2) vs Royal Challengers Bengaluru (tenth; W1, L6)
Kolkata, 1530 IST (1000 GMT)

Huge image – Narine vs RCB

With 5 defeats in a row, and simply two factors from seven video games, RCB are preventing for survival. They’re on the backside of the factors desk and a defeat towards KKR on Sunday will push them to the brink of elimination.

To keep away from that, their batters must win the battle towards KKR’s spinners, particularly Sunil Narine.

Virat Kohli has been the torch-bearer of RCB’s batting for years, however in the previous couple of years, spin has confirmed to be his kryptonite in T20s. Because the begin of 2020, his strike fee towards spin is 113.52. Throughout the identical interval, he has struck at 145.79 towards tempo.

Nevertheless, Kohli appears to have addressed this concern considerably and has scored at a way more respectable 130.09 towards spin in IPL 2024. He even dominated Narine (21 off 12) when these two sides met earlier within the match. However it won’t be straightforward at Eden Gardens, particularly if the pitch is on the slower aspect. Kohli’s general file towards Narine shouldn’t be nice both: 162 runs off 157 balls with 4 dismissals.

And it is not simply Kohli. Faf du Plessis and Dinesh Karthik have additionally struggled to attain freely towards Narine. Du Plessis has a strike fee of 77.14 towards him and Karthik 119.29. Thus far this season, Narine has seven wickets in six video games at a superb financial system of 6.87.

Narine has been simply as distinctive with the bat. Again as opener, and regardless of the two-bouncer rule, he has scored 276 runs at a strike fee of 187.75. Beforehand, quick bowlers would get him out with the quick ball. This time, too, he has not appeared in management towards the quick ball always, however has managed to outlive and has made oppositions pay. RCB already have a style of that of their earlier assembly with KKR.

Type information

Kolkata Knight Riders LWLWW (final 5 matches, most up-to-date first)
Royal Challengers Bengaluru LLLLL

Earlier assembly

Earlier within the season, KKR thrashed RCB by seven wickets on the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Batting first, RCB posted 182 for six with Kohli scoring an unbeaten 83 off 59 balls. In response, Narine smashed 47 off 22 balls and Venkatesh Iyer 50 off 30 as KKR chased down the goal within the seventeenth over.

Crew information and affect participant technique

Kolkata Knight Riders
Given the RCB batters’ sub-par file towards spin, there’s a case to play a 3rd spinner, Suyash Sharma, instead of Vaibhav Arora. One in all Suyash and Ramandeep Singh may very well be the affect participant, relying on whether or not KKR are batting first or bowling.

Possible XII: 1 Phil Salt (wk), 2 Sunil Narine, 3 Angkrish Raghuvanshi, 4 Shreyas Iyer (capt), 5 Venkatesh Iyer, 6 Andre Russell, 7 Rinku Singh, 8 Ramandeep Singh, 9 Mitchell Starc, 10 Varun Chakravarthy, 11 Harshit Rana, 12 Suyash Sharma/Vaibhav Arora

Possible XII: 1 Virat Kohli, 2 Faf du Plessis (capt), 3 Will Jacks, 4 Rajat Patidar, 5 Saurav Chauhan, 6 Dinesh Karthik (wk), 7 Mahipal Lomror, 8 Anuj Rawat, 9 Vijaykumar Vyshak, 10 Reece Topley, 11 Lockie Ferguson, 12 Mayank Dagar/Yash Dayal

Within the highlight – Mitchell Starc and Faf du Plessis

Mitchell Starc, the costliest purchase in IPL historical past, began the season poorly however has began to indicate indicators of settling in. General, although, in six video games, he has simply 5 wickets and his financial system of 10.54 is the poorest amongst KKR’s frontline bowlers. With no different skilled seamer within the squad, KKR will want Starc to show his season round sooner fairly than later.

In the meantime, Dinesh Karthik is having a dream season. He has persistently offered RCB with robust finishes and is their third-highest run-scorer with a tally of 226 in six innings. Amongst those that have scored at the least 200 runs this season, his strike fee of 205.45 is the best. In reality, in 4 of his six innings, he has struck at greater than 230. If he continues in the identical method, he might even discover himself in India’s T20 World Cup squad, which he mentioned will probably be “the best feeling” for him at this stage of his profession.

Pitch and circumstances

Thus far this season, Eden Gardens has hosted three video games. In two of these, 200 was breached in all 4 innings. Within the third, KKR chased down 162 towards Lucknow Tremendous Giants within the sixteenth over. However it must be seen whether or not it will likely be one other run fest or KKR will dish out a barely totally different floor. Given it is a day sport, there will probably be a temptation to bat first on successful the toss.

Stats that matter


“It is not probably the most proficient workforce that goes on to win the IPL. It is probably the most brave workforce, that is keen to combat until the final drop of blood, will go on to win the IPL.”
Gautam Gambhir on what makes an IPL-winning workforce

“The assumption is unquestionably there. If you do not have perception, there is no such thing as a level enjoying a match just like the IPL. Yearly there will probably be a few groups at this stage looking for their toes and there have been so many cases once they have picked up and received the matches. We consider that if we will do one thing particular and win just a few matches, we might get that momentum – that attention-grabbing phrase that all the time occurs within the IPL – and use that to our confidence.”
Dinesh Karthik on RCB’s playoff probabilities

Hemant Brar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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