IPL 2021: Star-studded RCB stand in approach of KKR revival as groups lock horns in Ahmedabad

IPL 2021: Star-studded RCB stand in approach of KKR revival as groups lock horns in Ahmedabad

Ahmedabad: Star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to get their mojo again once they face struggling Kolkata Knight Riders who want a whole overhaul for his or her IPL revival right here on Monday.

From main the desk with 4 wins on the trot, the Virat Kohli-led crew has slipped to the third spot on the midway stage after struggling two defeats from their final three matches.

Actually, RCB would have misplaced three in a row if pacer Mohammed Siraj had not defended 14 runs within the closing over in opposition to Delhi Capitals’ explosive duo of Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer.

The onus could be on their famed batting line-up of Kohli, AB de Villiers, and Glenn Maxwell to start out firing as soon as once more and put stress on the KKR batsmen.

Gifted opener Devdutt Padikkal would even be eager to get again amongst runs as he has not clicked after his unbeaten 101 in opposition to Rajasthan Royals.

Having began the season with a lot promise beneath Eoin Morgan, KKR to this point have didn’t encourage, struggling 5 defeats in seven matches. They’re on the sixth spot within the eight-team desk, observing early elimination for the third season in a row.

The most important letdown for KKR this season has been their top-order batting as the highest three Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi have failed to offer the crew a good begin.

Supremely-talented Gill is struggling within the T20 scheme of issues and has didn’t convert his begins on the prime, whereas the likes of Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi have been patchy.

Head coach Brendon McCullum had questioned their batsmen’s “intent” after they posted a below-par 154/6 to go all the way down to Delhi Capitals by seven wickets of their final match.

On the identical stage, beneath Dinesh Karthik in IPL 2020 in UAE, the crew had fared a shade higher with 4 wins and three defeats, earlier than he relinquished the captaincy to let English World Cup-winning skipper Morgan lead the aspect.

Given the present state of affairs, skipper Morgan must take some powerful calls on the subject of his top-order, one thing he has caught to since match primary in opposition to Sunrisers Hyderabad this season.

It is a pity that KKR are but to offer a chance to new signing Karun Nair who has a strike price of 155.49 and has two centuries as a T20 opener. Additionally they have uncapped proficient batsman Venkatesh Iyer.

The bowling however has impressed, particularly the spin duo of Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy. Their eight overs in opposition to the likes of Kohli, De Villiers, and Maxwell could be key as they appear to avenge their first-leg defeat.

Squads

KKR: Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, Ben Chopping, Venkatesh Iyer, and Pawan Negi.

RCB: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (W), Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, MS Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Child, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, Okay S Bharat and Finn Allen.

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