Indian Super League 2021 Match 10
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders – April 18th
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
The Royal Challengers Bangalore are on blaze and have two victories in two matches so far. They are the only undefeated team in IPL 2021 and precisely so, as their bowling line-up has been unusually remarkable. The inclusion of Glenn Maxwell in the middle order has also done marvels, with the Aussie appearing in fine touch along with star batsman AB de Villiers.
Although the form of Yuzvendra Chahal and skipper Virat Kohli is concerning, it is only a question of time before they put on a series of good performances. With a composed team in place, the Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to nurture their winning run and maintain their triumphant status intact.
Possible playing XI: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Daniel Christian, Harshal Patel, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, AB de Villiers (wk), Washington Sundar, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Nevertheless, the Kolkata Knight Riders would have separate plans. Although they began their IPL 2021 crusade with a rock-solid win over the Sunrisers Hyderabad, they surrendered to a rather disheartening defeat to the Mumbai Indians. Despite controlling proceedings for massive parts of the match, their middle order worries crawled up yet again to hand them a loss.
The Knight Riders have displayed enough potential over the last two IPL 2021 matches, with the likes of Andre Russell and Nitish Rana featuring with ball and bat correspondingly. Much is anticipated of skipper Eoin Morgan and Shubman Gill, who are due for big innings in IPL 2021.
Possible playing XI: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Shakib Al Hasan, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Harbhajan Singh and Prasidh Krishna.
The venue, Pitch Report, and Toss Prediction:
10th game of this edition of Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) has the Kolkata Knight Riders playing against the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
The wicket is as usual on the slower side, with the average first innings total in Chennai being 162. Although there isn’t much movement and swing on offer, there is sufficient turn available off the wicket to keep the spin bowlers interested. Run scoring is noticeably easier against the new ball.
As the match proceeds, the surface should slow down, making for an even competition between bat and ball. Both sides will look to bat first given the Chennai heat and the kind of the pitch. 170 should be a match-winning score, although a marginally better batting pitch could be on bid for this game.
The Kolkata Knight Riders look the more composed and well-outfitted of the two teams. But the bookkeepers have a different perspective as they rate Kolkata as the trailing odds of 2.10 while Royal Challengers Bangalore is at 1.74.
Although the Royal Challengers Bangalore have appeared an entirely different group this year, Virat Kohli and his team will need to pull up their socks to come out of Chennai with three wins on the run. With two valuable points and possibly the top position on the IPL 2021 points table up for grabs, we should be in for a splendid of a game on Saturday.