Kolkata Knight Riders are set to host Royal Challengers Bangalore at the iconic Eden Gardens in the 35th fixture of the Indian Premier League. The Knight Riders will look to get back to winning ways after three consecutive defeats while the visitors will be determined to register their second win of the season. Both the teams will battle it out for the second time in this season, and KKR emerged victorious in that previous meeting courtesy Andre Russell’s unbelievable knock.

Kolkata Knight Riders started their campaign on a high, but soon they seemed to lose their plot. With four wins and as man defeats in their eight outings, the hosts are lying at the sixth spot in the points table. Dinesh Karthik has not been up to the mark in this campaign, both with the bat and on-field captaincy. The Knight Riders would be hoping to get another win under their belt when they face the Bangalore franchise in front of their home crowd. Their bowlers need to step up and take the responsibility of bowling in the right areas against the batting powerhouse of RCB.

Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore are going through the worst IPL season in their franchise history. Having lost seven fixtures out of their eight league games, Kohli & Co are languishing at the bottom of the table with just two points to their name. Their bowling woes have continued in this season as well, especially fast bowlers have been poor in the slog overs. Mooen Ali has been the only positive addition in that RCB lineup with his all-round abilities. The visitors would be hoping to land a counterpunch when they square off with KKR.

 

MATCH DETAILS

 

Date: Friday, April 19, 2019

Time: 08:00 PM IST

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

League: Indian Premier League

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

 

Venue Stats IPL

 

Total Matches 72
Matches won batting first 28
Matches won bowling first 44
Average 1st Inns scores 157
Average 2nd Inns scores 144
Highest total recorded 218/4 (20 Ov) by KKR vs KXIP
Lowest total recorded 49/10 (9.4 Ov) by RCB vs KKR
Highest score chased 204/2 (18.2 Ov) by KXIP vs KKR
Lowest score defended 114/4 (20 Ov) by CSK vs KKR

 

Head-to-Head

Total – 24

KKR- 15

RCB- 09

 

TEAM NEWS

 

Kolkata Knight Riders:

  • The hosts are likely to go ahead with the same playing XI.
  • Harry Gurney will keep his spot in the starting lineup in place of Lockie Ferguson.

Royal Challengers Bangalore

  • Dale Steyn is set to replace Nathan Coulter-Nile for the remaining tournament.
  • Umesh Yadav or Md. Siraj might be left out after the duo failed to impress in the recent matches.

 

SQUADS

 

Kolkata Knight Riders:

Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney, Rinku Singh, Nikhil Naik, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Sandeep Warrier, Lockie Ferguson, Yarra Prithviraj, KC Cariappa, Matthew Kelly

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (C), Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Washington Sundar, Parthiv Patel, Navdeep Saini, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Tim Southee, Heinrich Klaasen, Akshdeep Nath, Umesh Yadav, Pawan Negi, Kulwant Khejroliya, Shimron Hetmyer, Mohammed Siraj, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prayas Ray Barman, Colin de Grandhomme, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Devdutt Padikkal, Milind Kumar, Marcus Stoinis

 

KEY PLAYERS

 

Kolkata Knight Riders

  • Chris Lynn
  • Sunil Narine
  • Andre Russell

Royal Challengers Bangalore

  • Virat Kohli
  • AB de Villiers
  • Mooen Ali

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Kolkata Knight Riders:

Chris Lynn, Suni Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Dinesh Karthik (C, WK), Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav / Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj