The top six of the Knight Riders will have tough opposition when the IPL comes to Eden Gardens.
Venue, Date & Time
At Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Thursday, April 6, 7:30 PM IST
If a reduced Royal Challengers Bangalore attack deflated the power-packed Mumbai Indians in the scoring runs at Chinnaswamy Stadium, imagine what they may achieve at the more pace-friendly Eden Gardens opposite Kolkata Knight Riders’ weak top six.
Against Punjab Kings’ bowling attack, which does not appear to be the most dangerous in the playoffs, Knight Riders were 146 for 7 in 16 overs, with no marquee names in their top six, which managed a combined 90 runs off 74 balls, putting too much pressure on Andre Russell’s weathered knees and shoulders. The addition of Jason Roy is a significant boost, but he will not be available for this game.
They must match the Royal Challengers’ ferocious top order on Thursday. Faf du Plessis and Virat Kohli hit flaming half-centuries in the last encounter, smashing 11 sixes and as many fours. If he gets another game, both of them enjoy speed off the bat, which might put the burden on the Knight Riders’ spin combo of Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, and Anukul Roy.
Since 2018, spinners have proven more economical than quicks in Kolkata, and both du Plessis and Kohli have not yet scored as swiftly against spinners in the previous three IPLs. Kohli also has a poor record against both Narine and Varun. Remember the 2021 eliminator, when Narine single-handedly defeated Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and AB de Villiers to enable his club reach the final?
Even if the Knight Riders are unable to recreate their previous performance, they will want to put on a stronger display in front of their home audience.
Wanindu Hasaranga and Josh Hazlewood are yet to join the Royal Challengers roster, and Rajat Patidar has already been ruled out of the competition. Reece Topley, their left-arm quick who snagged Cameron Green with a scorching yorker in their previous game, injured his right shoulder severely while fielding and flew to Kolkata with his arm draped in a sling. They can replace David Willey with a similar bowling substitute.
Roy will join the Knight Riders in preparation for Sunday’s encounter in Ahmedabad, while Litton Das will come in from Dhaka following the upcoming Ireland Test. Lockie Ferguson, who also missed their first game, is still bowling with only half a run-up and is unlikely to participate.
Streaming and Telecast Details
JioCinema and Star Sports Network
Pitch Report : KKR vs RCB Match Dream 11 Prediction
In the IPL, the pattern at Eden Gardens has mainly been to chase. The pitch generally provides something for both quicks and spinners, and the larger dimensions suggest boundaries may not arrive as frequently as those did for Kohli and du Plessis a few days ago at Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Weather Condition: KKR vs RCB Match Dream 11 Prediction
Conditions in the late 20s in the evening are forecast to be slightly humid, with some mild swing and dew later as normal.
KKR vs RCB Playing XIs Predictions
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Nitish Rana (c), Mandeep Singh, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Anukul Roy, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakaravarthy
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Faf du Plessis (c), Michael Bracewell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Karn Sharma, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Reece Topley, Mohammed Siraj
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A.The Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2023 match will be played on April 6. Thursday.
A.The IPL 2023 match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore will be played in Kolkata at the Eden Gardens.
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