The star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will try to return to the winning rhythm by beating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2021 on Monday. The Virat Kohli-led RCB team, which is at the top of the game with four consecutive wins, has slipped to third place after two defeats in the last three matches.
If the fast bowler Mohammad Siraj did not defend 14 runs in the final over against the aggressive
RCB’s eyes will be on Kohli, de Villiers and Maxwell
To put pressure on KKR, the team’s eyes will be on its top batsmen Kohli, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell. Talented young opener Devdutt Padikkal will also be keen to play big innings as he has not been able to play an effective innings after an unbeaten 101 against Rajasthan Royals.
KKR’s team, which started with a season win under Eoin Morgan, has not been able to perform as expected and the team has suffered five defeats in seven matches. The team is in sixth position and is in danger of dropping out early for the third consecutive season.
KKR’s top ranking is a matter of concern
The biggest disappointment for KKR has been his top order. Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi have failed to give a good start to the team. Gill has been battling consistently and has failed to convert a good start into a big innings while Rana and Tripathi have done well in pieces.
Last year in the UAE in the IPL 2020, the team, led by Dinesh Karthik, won four matches and lost three, but then gave up the captaincy and England World Cup winning captain Morgan was given the responsibility of the team.
Karun Nair may get a chance
Given the current situation, Morgan needs to take tough decisions regarding the top order. The team has not given a chance in the current season to its new player Karun Nair, who has a strike rate of 155.49 and has scored two centuries in the T20 as an opener. The bowlers of the team have been particularly impressed by the spin duo of Sunil Narine and Varun Chakraborty.
The teams are as follows:
Kolkata Knight Riders
Eoin Morgan (Captain), Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narayan, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagerkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Famous Krishna, Rahul Tripathi , Varun Chakraborty, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer and Pawan Negi.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Pawan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Daniel Semms, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammad Azharuddin, Kyle Jameson , Daniel Christian, Suyesh Prabhudesai, KS Bharat and Finn Allen.