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KKR is facing a massive total and it has no option but to go hard even if it loses wickets
RCB has recovered well after a shaky start but this is the time in the inning that we see scoring start to get a bit more difficult.
The pitch is not an easy one to score sixes but that is why the 'Over' is so low. With Maxwell and Ab de Villiers in the team, it is well worth a punt.
Maxwell is in great form and is batting inside the powerplay. He has also yet to be dismissed against spin.
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|AB de Villiers||76||34||9||3||223.53|
|Shakib Al Hasan||2.0||0||24||0||12.00|
|Shakib Al Hasan||26||25||1||1||104.00|
Royal Challengers Bangalore has started IPL 2021 in great style and has won both its matches so far. That is not a situation that RCB fans have found themselves too often in the past but the start to this season has been encouraging for sure.
RCB is now going to be taking on the Kolkata Knight Riders who lost their previous match quite dramatically. Still, KKR has played good cricket so far and has been in winning positions in both of its matches. One bad spell of cricket does not make it a bad team at all.
The conditions in Chennai have challenged both teams and we have no doubt that spin is going to play a huge role once more. The team that is able to adapt quicker is the one that is going to come out on top.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2021 is going to be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on the 18th of April 2021.
The return of Devdutt Padikkal to the top of the order is a positive sign for RCB. He was a prolific scorer for them in the previous season and had an unbelievable Vijay Hazare tournament in the lead-up to IPL 2021.
RCB has a strong batting lineup and we like how they have spread their resources this time around. Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli at the top can control the inning while Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers can handle the back end.
Shahbaz Ahmed has been batting at number three in an effort to be aggressive but we are not too sure if that is going to work out. Washington Sundar, Dan Christian, and Kyle Jamieson can all bat but we would not call this a strong lower-order.
Virat Kohli can get bogged down in T20 cricket and Glenn Maxwell is quite inconsistent. A lot will depend on AB de Villiers in this match.
RCB’s bowling has been better than in previous seasons. Mohammad Siraj bowled with a lot of fire in the previous match while Harshal Patel is currently the leading wicket-taker of IPL 2021. Shahbaz Ahmed changed the direction of the match in one over and is surely going to bowl a lot more.
Kyle Jamieson has not been very effective with the ball and Yuzvendra Chahal’s poor form seems to be continuing in this IPL, which is a big concern moving forward.
V Kohli, Devdutt Padikal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, YS Chahal.
KKR would do well not dwelling on the few overs that lost it the game but instead focus on what helped it get into winning positions. Eoin Morgan is a brilliant captain and always seems to have the ideal match-up handy.
We are certain that he recognizes the importance of taking Virat Kohli or Ab de Villiers out early and will attack them.
KKR’s batting is quite strong at the top. Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana have given the side good starts and are in fine form. Rahul Tripathi will walk out at number three and while he did not make runs in the previous match, he did score a lot of them in the first one.
The real problem is in the middle-order. Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik are out of form while Andre Russell has not been getting the big hits that we know he is capable of.
Shakib Al Hasan is batting a bit too low down the order and he could be swapped with Rahul Tripathi. There is a lot of power and potential in this batting lineup. Two poor matches are not enough to count them out just yet.
Among the bowlers, Prasidh Krishna has been quite expensive in both matches. KKR may think about bringing in someone like Shivam Mavi or Kamlesh Nagarkoti for this match. Pat Cummins has a good record against Virat Kohli and is also bowling well.
With Varun Chakravarthy and Andre Russell to round out the bowling attack, KKR has a pretty decent bowling attack. The team is not playing at its best yet and this is why it is available at a pretty good rate right now.
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, RA Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna.
The team that wins the toss is going to want to bat first. The previous two matches have shown just how difficult chasing can be and so the team that bats first should be seen as having a big advantage.
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The conditions in Chennai are going to be slow, low, and very helpful to the spinners. The new ball is when the batsmen can play freely because after that the situation seems to change dramatically. Hitting sixes has been difficult in matches played here and the death overs have not been very productive for the batting side.
A score of around 155-165 seems to be very good Chennai batting first.
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While RCB has won both of its matches so far, we think this is the right time to back KKR. Both teams have a strong batting lineup but KKR has more depth and power in its lineup. Similarly, the bowling units of both teams are quite similar to each other.
The lack of a wrist-spinner in the playing eleven is a weakness in the KKR team. Overall, though, KKR has a better-balanced team and has a great chance of winning this match.
Bet on Kolkata Knight Riders to win.
Devdutt Padikkal is going to open the batting and has been in great form leading up to the tournament. We think he could get one hit over the boundary during the first powerplay.
This is our favorite bet of the match. The conditions in Chennai are very difficult to bat and so the sixes are not easy to come by. There were 8 sixes total hit in the second last match played here and only six in the most recent one. Bet big to take advantage of this bet.
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