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Ipl 2021, Eliminator: Match Prediction And Preview Of Royal Challengers Bangalore And Kolkata Knight Riders

Summary

The matches for the knockout stage of IPL 2021 have started. The Eliminator Round match will be played on Monday. In this, the third-ranked Royal Challengers Bangalore of the points table and the fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders will face each other.

Bangalore vs Kolkata in IPL 2021
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The matches for the knockout stage of IPL 2021 have started. Eliminator match will be played on Monday. In this, the third-ranked Royal Challengers Bangalore of the points table and the fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders will face each other. In this match to be held in Sharjah ground, one team will reach the second qualifier, while the other team will be out of the tournament. While Kolkata’s team is a two-time winner, Bangalore is looking for its first title.

Kolkata has done much better than Bangalore in this season’s UAE leg. In the very first match, KKR had thrashed RCB by nine wickets with 60 balls to spare. In this match, Bangalore team could score only 92 runs. Apart from this, KKR have won five out of seven matches, while RCB got four wins.

Kolkata’s opening pair and the top order are in rhythm this time. Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill got the team off to a great start. Whereas Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi and then Dinesh Karthik have also played the role of finishers along with handling the innings. Kolkata’s bowling has also been very effective. Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee’s fast bowling attack or Varun Chakraborty’s spin, everyone has impressed.

The biggest strength for Bangalore is the great form of Glenn Maxwell and the bowling of Harshal Patel. While Maxwell has scored the most six half-centuries from the team this season, Harshal Patel is the highest wicket-taker. Apart from these, KS Bharat and Yuzvendra Chahal have also performed brilliantly.

Star all-rounder Andre Russell’s injury and captain Eoin Morgan’s form have done some damage to KKR’s equation. At the same time, the form of AB de Villiers remains a cause of concern for RCB.

IPL stats for both teams
Both the teams have faced each other 29 times in IPL. Out of this, Kolkata has won 16 and Bangalore has won 13 matches. In the last five matches between the two, RCB have won four and KKR have won one match. The two teams have met four times in the UAE. Out of this, both Kolkata and Bangalore won two matches each.

Probable Playing XI of both the teams
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (capt), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, George Garten/Kyle Jamieson, Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal.

Expansion

The matches for the knockout stage of IPL 2021 have started. Eliminator match will be played on Monday. In this, the third-ranked Royal Challengers Bangalore of the points table and the fourth-placed Kolkata Knight Riders will face each other. In this match to be held in Sharjah ground, one team will reach the second qualifier, while the other team will be out of the tournament. While Kolkata’s team is a two-time winner, Bangalore is looking for its first title.

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