The 39th match of IPL 2020 is to be played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi. In this match, RCB’s team will be one step ahead of KKR as the last time these two teams clashed, Bangalore won by 82 runs over Kolkata. In that win of RCB, AB de Villiers played an important role by playing an unbeaten inning of 73 runs off 33 balls.
Both teams have won their respective previous matches here, so their eyes will be on keeping the winning momentum. While KKR had captured the match by defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad in a super over in their previous match, RCB scored two points by defeating Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets. If the team that loses in today’s match, then they will not get out of the top 4 of the points table, but they will start to compete with the other teams.
Assess both teams
The Kolkata Knight Riders had their winning match to the super over last time. The team had to defend 17 runs in the last over against Hyderabad when captain Eoin Morgan handed over the bowling task to Andre Russell. After the match, Morgan had said that Russell himself had asked to come over and put on the over, but as a captain, you have to take the final decision. The team also had a young bowler like Shivam Mavi with one over remaining.
Naren gets a chance to replace Russell!
Well, KKR scored a valuable two points after defeating Hyderabad in the Super Over with sharp bowling of Lockie Ferguson. Bowling, which has been a strong side of KKR for many time now, is becoming a cause for concern. If Russell is injured, Sunil Narine was kept out by the team due to the decision on his action. Also, the most expensive bowler of the IPL 2020, Pat Cummins, is not able to take wickets.
Although Sunil Naren has now got a clean chit, there is no update yet on Russell’s injury. Russell’s injury is serious and if he does not play today’s match, then KKR can give Naren a place in the team instead of Russell. If KKR has to beat RCB in today’s match, they will have to work on their bowling department.
RCB is looking strong
Talking about RCB, AB de Villiers once again appeared in his old style in the last match against Rajasthan. He snatched the victory from the mouth of Rajasthan while taking shots all around the field. De Villiers is playing the role of a finisher for RCB.
The arrival of Chris Morris in the team has also strengthened the bowling attack. Navdeep Saini and Isru Udana are supporting them well. At the same time, in the spin department, the duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar is making a splash. RCB’s bowling side looks strong after a long season. RCB need not make any changes in their team in today’s match.
Head to head
KKR have dominated the matches so far played in the IPL between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. A total of 25 matches have been played between these two teams so far in which KKR has managed to win 14, while RCB has won in 11 matches. Talking about the last 6 matches, RCB has been successful in registering two wins, including one win this season. The last time these two teams clashed in the IPL 2020, RCB won by 82 runs over KKR. In that victory, AB de Villiers played an important role by playing an unbeaten inning of 73 runs off 33 balls.
There is no chance of rain and it is going to be a hot and dry day. The temperature will be around 30-35 degree Celcius. It can make the players uncomfortable in the middle due to scorching heat.
The pitch is getting slower with the progression of the tournament. Batting has become more difficult as batsmen are not getting support from the pitch. A good pacer and spinners are getting favours in their account from the pitch. So, it will be important to have good pacers and the spinners at this venue.
How to watch IPL 2020 match between KKR vs RCB match online?
The online live streaming of the IPL 2020 match between KKR vs RCB will be available on Hotstar.
KKR vs RCB Probable Playing XIs:
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Shubham Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell/Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (Captain), Dinesh Karthik (Wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Devdutt Padikkal, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (Captain), AB de Villiers (Wicketkeeper), Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Yuzvendra Chahal