IPL 2021: Star-studded RCB stand in method of KKR revival
Star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore would turn to manage to get thier mojo when they face struggling Kolkata Knight Riders who need an entire renovation due to their IPL revival right here on Monday.
From leading the dining table with four victories regarding trot, the Virat Kohli-led staff has actually slipped to 3rd spot at halfway phase after enduring two defeats from their particular final three matches. Indeed, RCB will have lost three in a row if pacer Mohammed Siraj hadn’t defended 14 works when you look at the final over against Delhi Capitals’ explosive duo of Rishabh Pant and Shimron Hetmyer.
The onus would be to their famed batting lineup of Kohli, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell to begin firing yet again and place pressure on the KKR batsmen. Gifted opener Devdutt Padikkal would also be keen to obtain straight back among works while he hasn’t clicked after their unbeaten 101 against Rajasthan Royals.
Having started the season with much promise under Eoin Morgan, KKR up to now have failed to inspire, enduring five defeats in seven matches. They’re on 6th area in eight-team table, observing early removal for a 3rd season consecutively. The greatest letdown for KKR this season was their particular top-order batting given that top three Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi have failed to offer the group a decent begin.
Supremely-talented Gill is struggling in the T20 plan of things and has did not transform his starts towards the top, as the likes of Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi are patchy.
Head coach Brendon McCullum had questioned their particular batsmen’s “intent” when they posted a below-par 154/6 to go down seriously to Delhi Capitals by seven wickets inside their final match.
At the exact same stage, under Dinesh Karthik in IPL 2020 in UAE, the group had fared a shade better with four victories and three defeats, before he relinquished the captaincy to allow English World Cup-winning skipper Morgan lead the side.
Given the current situation, skipper Morgan needs to simply take some difficult telephone calls when it comes to his top-order, anything he has got trapped to since match number 1 against Sunrisers Hyderabad this season.
It’s a pity that KKR tend to be yet to give a way to brand new signing Karun Nair who has got a strike rate of 155.49 and it has two centuries as a T20 opener. They likewise have uncapped gifted batsman Venkatesh Iyer.
The bowling conversely features impressed, especially the spin duo of Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy. Their particular eight overs contrary to the loves of Kohli, De Villiers and Maxwell is key as they check out avenge their particular very first leg defeat.
KKR: Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer and Pawan Negi.
RCB: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (W), Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, MS Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyash Prabhudessai, K S Bharat and Finn Allen.
Match starts: 7.30pm IST. PTI TAP AT
Posted at Mon, 03 might 2021 03:28:13 +0000