Match – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Eliminator
Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Time – 7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMT
Where to watch live – Star Sports Network, Hotstar
The pitch in Sharjah hasn’t been an overly great one for batting. Run-making in the powerplay will hold a lot of importance. When the ball gets old, it becomes tough to score runs. Chasing should be the way forward as five out of eight games have been won by the chasing teams.
Avg first innings score: 137 (8 matches in the IPL 2021 at Sharjah)
Record of chasing teams: Won – 5, Lost – 3, Tied – 0
Probable Playing XIs:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Dan Christian, Harshal Patel, George Garton, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Bench: Akash Deep, Tim David, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Sachin Baby, Navdeep Saini, Kyle Jamieson
Kolkata Knight Riders
Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan, Dinesh Karthik, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy
Bench: Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Ben Cutting, Pawan Negi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Tim Southee, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert, Harbhajan Singh, Kuldeep Yadav, Sandeep Warrier, Vaibhav Arora, Andre Russell, Prasidh Krishna
Played – 29 | Kolkata Knight Riders – 16 | Royal Challengers Bangalore– 13 |N/R – 0
In the UAE
Played – 4 | Kolkata Knight Riders – 2 | Royal Challengers Bangalore– 2 |N/R – 0
Probable best batsman of the match
Virat Kohli— Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli hasn’t quite had the campaign he would have expected to when the IPL got underway back in April. The right-hander has notched 14 games in which he has scored only 366 runs at an average of 28.15 and a strike rate of 119.60. In his previous two outings against KKR, Kohli flattered to deceive. He will look to get some runs in the crunch encounter.
Probable best bowler of the match
Varun Chakravarthy– Kolkata Knight Riders
Varun Chakravarthy has been outstanding for the Knight Riders in the second leg of IPL 2021. In the entire tournament, the tweaker has notched 16 wickets from 14 games at an incredible economy rate of 6.50. The last time when KKR met RCB, Chakravarthy became the Player of the Match after he picked up three wickets and gave away only 13 runs.