There is a clash between RCB and Kolkata Knight Riders in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 this evening. This is Virat Kohli’s last stint with RCB as captain. The team is a strong contender for the playoffs by winning five out of seven matches.
Two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had a poor first leg, losing five out of seven matches to finish seventh in the points table. Both the teams are full of match winners. In such a situation, all eyes will be on these five players at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Virat Kohli, who first decided to resign from the captaincy of the Indian T20 team and then RCB, will be desperate to play big innings. In the seven matches played this season, Virat has been able to score only one half-century. The colorless batting of Kohli, who scored runs at an average of 121.47, can be gauged from the fact that he hit only four sixes.
AB de Villiers
RCB’s batting looks very strong only due to de Villiers performing with a bang in the first phase. Kohli-Padikkal in the top order and then Glenn Maxwell in the middle order get the support of AB. AB looked in good shape with two half-centuries in seven matches. Mohammad Siraj and New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal make up RCB’s bowling.
If any one KKR player can give competition to RCB’s heavyweights, it is Andre Russell. The bat of this dangerous all-rounder could not run in the first leg. Then he scored just 163 runs in seven matches at a useless average of 29.47. He took five wickets against Mumbai Indians. If this Caribbean all-rounder, who has taken seven victims in seven matches, remains in his color today, then Bangalore is sure to be devastated.
KKR are heavily dependent on Shubman Gill and Nitish Rana with the bat, but both of them did not perform as expected in the first leg. In the first seven matches of IPL 2021, postponed due to the detection of cases of Covid-19 in a bio-secure environment in India, Gill scored only 132 while Rana scored 201 runs. Apart from this, Morgan also needs to perform well.
Pat Cummins played in the first leg of the IPL but missed the UAE edition due to personal reasons. Now in place of this expensive pacer, Kiwi fast bowler Tim Southee has been entered in the team. Saudi had recently bowled deadly against India in the final of the World Test Championship. No one had expressed confidence in this player in the auction, but now luck has given him a chance again. Saudi has also played for RCB in the past.
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