Match 30 of VIVO IPL 2018 will see the Royal Challengers Bangalore take on the Kolkata Knight Riders. Both teams are part of the mid-table muddle, and will seek to establish some momentum. RCB have two wins from 6 matches, while KKR have 3 wins from 7 outings.
In their most-recent match, RCB – despite posting 205-8 – were blown away by Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni who steered Chennai Super Kings home. RCB are yet to find a combination that works; while they are hugely reliant on the captain Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to score runs, there are hugeconcerns surrounding the bowling attack. On three occasions out of six matches this season, the RCB bowlers have conceded totals in excess of 205! In the previous match RCB had 30 to defend in the last two overs, and 16 to defend in the last over; yet their opponents got home with two balls to spare.
While panic station has still not arrived, time is fast running out and RCB need to start piling on points. Theyreally could do with a mid-season overhaul. Will they be unafraid to make wholesale changes to their team – perhaps field both Tim Southee and Chris Woakes in the bowling attack?
KKR will look to arrest their losing streak at two matches; their bowlers have now been plundered twice in two matches – first against Kings XI Punjab, and most recently against the Delhi Daredevils. Can they recover quickly from the massive defeat they suffered at the hands of the Delhi Daredevils in their previous outing?
29 April 2018, 2000Hrs (IST)
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are the two-most accomplished batsmen in the RCB ranks; between them, they have scored more than half the runs scored by the team’s batsmen this season. Plenty more will be expected off them.
Sunil Narine, the batsman, will have fond memories of the Garden City; it was here – in the first of his three visits to the city last season – that he set off a storm with his batting, scoring the then joint-fastest half-century. Will he be able to replicate that effort? Among the others, KKR will depend on the local lad Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn and captain Dinesh Karthik to make good use of the good surface and the short boundaries.
Who’d want to be a bowler? In the four matches played in Bengaluru this season, teams batting first have made scores of 155, 217, 174 & 205. On three occasions, the team batting second chased the runs down.
The ones capable of causing some damage with the ball, based on their showing so far in the competition, are Umesh Yadav and YuzvendraChahal (for RCB), and the spin trio of Narine, Piyush Chawla and Kuldeep Yadav.
Team Head to Head
Overall: Matches – 21, Royal Challengers Bangalore won – 9, Kolkata Knight Riders won – 12
In the previous match between these two teams, Nitish Rana dismissed Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers off consecutive deliveries.
KKR’s opening partnerships this season: 16, 19, 16, 7, 1, 6 & 19. Average – 12.00.
RCB have leaked the most runs through boundaries this season; they’ve conceded 64.57% runs through boundaries.
KKR have the highest boundary percentage with the bat this season; they’ve scored 64% of their runs through boundaries this season.
Virat Kohli has a strike-rate of 92.53 against Sunil Narine, while AB de Villiers has a strike-rate of 97.82 against Piyush Chawla.
For Royal Challengers Bangalore: Home fixture Vs. Mumbai Indians, 1 May 2018
For Kolkata Knight Riders: Home fixture Vs. Chennai Super Kings, 3 May 2018.