KKR vs RCB
April 19, 8.00PM IST
KKR started off IPL 2019 well, but stumbled along the way and now are in a desperate situation after having lost three games in a row, including two at home. The side were heavily reliant on their spinners when the Eden pitch would keep low, but with the track becoming a belter in the last few years, the tweakers have struggled.
KKR have been heavily reliant on Russell as well, with the other batters showing inconsistent form, the troubles have only increased for the side. RCB, on the other hand, have plenty of issues of their own as well. They have won just one game thus far in the league, with their team combinations and bowling attack going haywire more often than not. They have procured the services of Dale Steyn, and it is hoped that he can make an impact against KKR. The deck at Edens has been a good batting track, assisting the chasing team, so win the toss and field will be the preferred option.
KKR Predicted 11
Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna/Yarra, Harry Gurney/Matt Kelly
RCB Predicted 11
Parthiv Patel (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj/Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Parthiv Patel is in my team for two reasons. Firstly, he opens the innings, which allows him to face more balls and get a big score on the board and also as he comes cheaper. Karthik, on the other hand, does not have a fixed batting spot and could come in very late in the innings as well. Also, with AB de Villiers, Kohli, Russell and Narine being expensive picks, picking cheaper options is advisable.
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ABD and Kohli have been the stalwarts for RCB over the years and will fancy their chances on a good batting pitch. Nitish Rana costs the same as Uthappa, but I have picked him due to his ability to turn his arm over as well. He picked up both Kohli and de Villiers last season and will want to replicate his showing. Gill showed what he was capable of against DC when he opened the innings. He st5ruggled against CSK when he came in the death overs, but the KKR camp would have done well to realize that he is a top-order player. If they push him higher up – which they should – he could be a huge threat.
Moeen Ali has scored some vital cameos whilst picking wickets, while Russell’s selection is a no-brainer. Narine o9n the other hand might have dwindled on the batting and bowling front this season, but he will want to start the juggernaut.
Chahal is his side’s leading wicket-taker. He has bowled on tough wickets where the bowlers hardly have any assistance, and he will want to get his experience to the fore. Accompanying him is his Team India mate Kuldeep Yadav, while Matt Kelly if he plays, rounds up my Dream11 team.
Captain and Vice-captain: Russell, Kohli