Boom! What a dynamic weekend that was! While the clashes in the double-headers were mostly dominant, an unlikely win by Kolkata Knight Riders in their last game against KXIP took the limelight. Royal Challengers Bangalore, on the other hand, were clearly in a great form against Chennai and deserved their 37-run victory. This evening, the Sharjah Cricket Stadium will witness another amazing clash between RCB and KKR at 7:30 PM IST.
This game is going to be interesting since both the teams have been victorious in their last outings and fans are eager to see who will continue the streak. Both the captains, Kohli and Karthik, were in their best forms in their previous games and that was a treat to watch.
RCB and KKR have won four of their six matches, but KKR is ahead of RCB in terms of the net run rate and is third on the points table. When the clash is between two equally strong teams like these, excitement and thrill is guaranteed. Let’s have a look at the key players of both the teams.
RCB has their King Kohli back to his big-hitting ways and the confidence is high in their camp. In the last match, Kohli hit a massive 90-run knock and might show his magic again tonight. Devdutt Padikkal, with 211 runs to his name, has impressed with his batting and might continue to add more to the tally. AB de Villiers, despite the not-so-decent performance, has destructive batting abilities and might regain momentum tonight.
In their bowling unit, Yuzvendra Chahal has taken 9 wickets so far and with Washington Sundar on the team, the KKR batsmen might find it difficult to survive. Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, and Shivam Dube have been valuable bowlers.
For KKR, in the last match, the captain Dinesh Karthik turned the tables and made an amazing 29-ball 58 and might continue the same form. Shubhman Gill, who has made 220 runs in the tournament, is an impactful player. Rahul Tripathi has played well in the last matches and has made 121 runs in the season so far. Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russel are terrific players and might show their strong game tonight.
In their bowling unit; Shivam Mavi (5 wickets), Varun Chakravarthy (5 wickets), and Andre Russell (4 wickets) continue to impress. Sunil Narine and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, despite the inconsistency, are skilled bowlers. Their bowling side is strong enough to counter the batsmen of RCB.
Who do you think will win?
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