RCB vs KKR
April 05, 8.00PM IST
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
KKR have notched up two wins from three games, with the loss coming in a Super Over against Delhi Capitals, while RCB are in a miserable state, having failed to get their first points on the board this season. The track at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium has generally assisted the big-hitters, and with both teams having plenty of big names, a run feast can be expected.
However, on tracks that are generally batsman-friendly, having a good bowling attack is what helps, as they help in stalling the run-flow, whilst putting their experience to use to get wickets. This is where KKR will trump. They have three experienced spinners, with Lockie Ferguson providing experience in the pace department. Though RCB have Chahal in their ranks, the Indian pacers have the tendency of leaking away runs, which could be the difference in the end.
RCB have still not figured out their best combination – players like Tim Southee and Nathan Coulter-Nile are warming the benches – and one can expect either one to take the field. KKR might just opt for one change, bringing in Narine in place of Nikhil Naik.
RCB Playing 11 (expected)
Parthiv Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Moeen Ali/Nathan Coulter-Nile, Washington Sundar, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
KKR Playing 11 (expected)
Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c/wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna
I have picked Parthiv Patel as he not only bats higher up the order, which increases his chances of getting a big score, but also because he comes cheaper. I wanted both Kohli and AB de Villiers in my side, and picking Patel over Karthik ensures that.
Kohli and ABD have been the go-to players for RCB over the last few seasons. With their team down in the dumps, they will be eager to pitch in with a performance that can change RCB’s fortunes around. Uthappa knows the conditions at Chinnaswamy well, having played his cricket here for his whole life. He has been the anchor for KKR with the openers failing, and one can expect him to fire.
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Shubman Gill is the fourth batsman in the side. Though he bats lower down in the order, he can steady the innings if there is a flurry of wickets or he can play important cameos too, as he did against SRH. If he gets to bat, an important knock can be expected.
Marcus Stoinis and Andre Russell are the two must-have players. The Australian will likely be pushed to open, which further increases his point-scoring potential. Bith him and Russell have been silent performers with the ball too and can hope to end with a few wickets.
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Piyush Chawla has picked up 19 wickets against RCB, 15 of which have come at this ground. Hence, he is familiar with the conditions, just like Chahal is. The wrist-spinner has been playing for RCB for the last six years, and he will be well aware of how the track will play out over the course of the match. Nathan Coulter-Nile, if he plays and Lockie Ferguson will be my pace options.
Captain and Vice-captain: Russell, Kohli