After a terrible start to their 2019 IPL campaign, Royal Challengers Bangalore is set to host Kolkata Knight Riders at the Chinnaswamy stadium. RCB will be determined to open their account while the visitors will look to seal the top spot in the points table. We can anticipate another thrilling contest when both these teams will battle it out in the 16th fixture of the Indian Premier League.

Royal Challengers Bangalore has had the worst-ever start to their IPL campaign in this season. Having lost four in as many matches, RCB is the only team in the league that remains winless so far. Kohli & Co are on the cusp of being knocked out of the tournament, and we are only in the second week of the IPL 2019. RCB has been poor in all the three departments which is why they are languishing at the bottom of the table. They have to make some tough calls quite early if they want to stay alive in this tournament. The hosts would be hoping to register their first victory in this edition when they take on the Knight Riders.

Meanwhile, Kolkata Knight Riders are sitting comfortably at the fourth position in the points table with two wins and sole defeats in three matches. The visitors would be eyeing to dominate the tie against the struggling Royal Challengers Bangalore. Their only loss came in the Super Over game against the Delhi Capitals where some quality bowling by Kagiso Rabada undid them. Andre Russell has been pivotal in KKR’s success as he has changed the game single-handedly to win them the first two games. With the momentum in their side, the Knight Riders have the upper hand in heading into the upcoming match at Bangalore.

 

GAME DETAILS

 

Date: Friday, April 05, 2019

Time: 08:00 PM IST

Venue: M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

League: Indian Premier League

Live Telecast: Star Network

Online Streaming: Hotstar

 

 

Head to Head

 

Total – 23

RCB – 09

KKR- 14

 

 

Team News

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

  • N Coulter Nile or Tim Southee might feature in their playing XI to strengthen their pace attack
  • Shimron Hetmyer or Mooen Ali might miss out after failing to impress in their last four games.

Kolkata Knight Riders

  • Sunil Narine is expected to return after missing the last game due to an injury.
  • Nikhil Naik will make the way for the Trinidadian.

 

 

Venue Stats

 

Average 1st Inns scores – 169

Average 2nd Inns scores – 14

Highest total recorded – 263/5 (20 Ov) by RCB vs PWI

Lowest total recorded – 82/10 (15.1 Ov) by RCB vs KKR

Highest score chased – 207/5 (19.4 Ov) by CSK vs RCB

Lowest score defended – 106/2 (8 Ov) by RCB vs CSK

 

 

SQUADS

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

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

Kolkata Knight Riders

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

Key Players

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

  • Virat Kohli
  • Marcus Stoinis
  • Yuzvendra Chahal

Kolkata Knight Riders

  • Nitish Rana
  • Andre Russell
  • Kuldeep Yadav

 

Probable Playing XI

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Akshdeep Nath, Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (c), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini,

Kolkata Knight Riders

Dinesh Karthik, C Lynn, R Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Shubhman Gill, Sunil Narine, A Russell, Kuldeep Yadav, P Krishna, P Chawla, L Ferguson

 

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