Kolkata suffered a heavy defeat against Delhi in the previous match and continued to flounder in IPL 2021. Bangalore was also shocked by Punjab in the previous match it played. Both teams would be a bit short on confidence coming into this match. Royal Challengers Bangalore is in a much better position in the IPL right now but with three defeats, it is well within the grasp of the chasing teams. Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2021 is an important game for both teams. A win in this match for Kolkata Knight Riders will make the league table quite tightly packed. The match is going to be played in Ahmedabad where the matches have been high-scoring so far.
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2021
Teams’ strengths & weaknesses
Kolkata Knight Riders has won just two matches in the tournament so far. Finding strengths in current form can be a bit difficult but there is no doubt about the quality of some of its players. Having all-rounders like Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Pat Cummins in the team is a definite strength. The weakness would be the kind of approach to batting that Kolkata has followed. Brendon McCullum has already stated there will be some changes in the team and it looks like the team's balance is going to shift.
Bangalore has been quite good with the bat so far. The leading batsmen are in good form and that means the team is able to get to good totals in most matches. In terms of current form and the sheer hitting power in the team, RCB has an advantage over most other teams it plays against. The weakness is the dependence on overseas players. If Maxwell and AB de Villiers get out cheaply then the rest of the batsmen seem to struggle. We also think that RCB's bowling is not at its best so far.
Players in form
Andre Russell is the one player in form from KKR that is in superb form. He has been batting with freedom and getting the big hits almost every time he comes to bat. Russell was also very effective as a death bowler in the first half of the tournament but for some reason, he has not been bowling too much. He may get a promotion in the upcoming matches to try and have more of an impact in the matches.
Glenn Maxwell just had his first real failure of the tournament but that does not make his form bad. We think he could actually be more likely to come good and score some runs in this match. Maxwell has been able to play aggressively against the spinners which is what he is going to face a lot of against KKR. Maxwell could be another spin option that RCB uses as the pitches start to take more turn.
The conditions in Ahmedabad have been quite good for scoring. The batsmen have been able to smash sixes over the small straight boundaries and able to accelerate at the end of the inning. The spinners got a lot of help in the last played there as well.
- There have been 28 matches played between these two teams with 15 wins for Kolkata and 13 wins for Bangalore
- Bangalore has only won three matches against Kolkata after batting first
- Virat Kohli has scored 730 runs against Kolkata and is easily the highest scorer among the two teams
Royal Challengers Bangalore have been in much better form than Kolkata Knight Riders and just one bad match is not really something to be taken too seriously. The form of Virat Kohli, Glen Maxwell, and AB de Villiers certainly makes them the team more likely to win Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2021.
Winner: Royal Challengers Bangalore