Dream-11 RCB vs KKR Head-to-head-record, highest runs getters, top-wicket-takers

Dream-11 RCB vs KKR Head-to-head-record, highest runs getters, top-wicket-takers

RCB vs KKR

 Kolkata Knight Riders are coming off a despairing loss to Mumbai Indians. Their amped-up powerplay game seems well-suited to a venue where scoring gets harder at the back end, but the one time their much vaunted middle-order was put to test, it crumbled. How Morgan can safeguard KKR’s new-found free-spirited approach to batting from that defeat could define the season for them, and it all starts with this game against RCB.

RCB vs KKR


When: RCB vs KKR, April 18, 2021, 15:30 IST

Where: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

What to expect RCB vs KKR: Being the first day game of the season, it will be interesting to note the change in tactics vis-a-vis batting second. Though it’s been the preferred option in the first four matches in Chennai, three out of those games have been won by sides batting first. RCB did win while chasing but it was off the last ball of the match.

Head To Head: RCB 12 – 14 KKR. In the last edition, RCB beat KKR by convincing margins in both the league games, including the one time they restricted Morgan and Co. to 88 in Abu Dhabi, and caused a massive dent of -3.430 in their Net Run Rate. It meant KKR missed the Playoffs berth despite having the same number of points (14) as the third-placed SRh and fourth placed RCB.

Tactics & Matchups: In IPL 2020, RCB were the only team to score under 7 runs per over in the middle overs (7 to 15). Although Glenn Maxwell has been a good addition to the middle order in that regard, the problem hasn’t entirely gone away for Kohli and Co. In the two games this season, RCB have totalled 60/3 (vs MI) and 56/3 (vs SRH) in the middle overs. Out of that, Kohli has contributed 13 off 17 (vs MI) and 14 off 15 balls (vs SRH) and hit a total of one boundary in that phase across both the innings. RCB will want him to go harder at the top during the powerplay overs.

Probable XI: Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers(w), Washington Sundar, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

RCB vs KKR
RCB vs KKR


Kolkata Knight Riders

Tactics & Matchups: Morgan has relied on Andre Russell to bowl the final few overs in both the games so far but AB de Villiers finds it easy to pick runs off the pacer, having scored at a strike-rate of 221.74 over the years. It will be something to consider for Morgan while shuffling his bowlers around.

Russell fares much better with the bat against RCB. He’s totalled 339 runs at a strike rate of over 223 but his recent returns belie those stats. Since IPL 2020, Russell has averaged 17.64 across 18 T20 innings, with only one fifty-plus score and will need to step up in the middle-order that’s already under some pressure.

Probable XI: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(w), Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy

RCB vs KKR



RCB vs KKR

Eoin Morgan has a poor record against RCB: 7 innings | 81 runs | AVG: 13.5 | SR 93.1

Since IPL 2020, Kohli strikes at 104.14 in the middle overs, with balls per boundary as high as 17.5

Sunil Narine has picked 16 wickets in 14 games against RCB (AVG: 21.94, SR: 19.5) but will struggle to find a place in the side. The only way he can get in is if Shakib Al Hasan makes way

The way he approaches the game compliments the way I like to go about things. He is competitive, aggressive and he likes to take the game on and it is certainly what I like to adopt as well. I think that’s filtered through the team as well and hopefully, it will set us up for a few more wins — Kyle Jamieson on Virat Kohli

RCB vs KKR Squads:

Royal Challengers Bangalore Squad: Virat Kohli(c), Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers(w), Washington Sundar, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Sachin Baby, Srikar Bharat, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Finn Allen, Suyash Prabhudessai, Daniel Sams

Kolkata Knight Riders Squad: Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan(c), Shakib Al Hasan, Dinesh Karthik(w), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine, Ben Cutting, Karun Nair, Pawan Negi, Kuldeep Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sheldon Jackson, Sandeep Warrier, Tim Seifert, Lockie Ferguson, Rinku Singh, Venkatesh Iyer, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Vaibhav Arora

RCB vs KKR

When the asking rate was a stroll, KKR’s trump card, powerhouse Andre Russell, could manage just nine of 15 balls.

That game was a nightmare for KKR after a rewarding first half with Russell employing his strong shoulders to generate lift and scalp five.

The dynamics of a day game – the match starts at 3.30 pm – are different and there could be some moisture early on and then some dew during the critical evening phase.

TOP PERFORMERS IN THIS FIXTURE (2008-20):

RankBest BatsmenTeamRuns Scored
1.Virat KohliRCB: 2008-20725
2.Chris GayleRCB: 2011-17557
3.Gautam GambhirKKR: 2011-17530
RankBest BowlersTeamWickets taken
1.Sunil NarineKKR: 2012-Present16
2.Yuzvendra ChahalRCB: 2014-Present14
3.Vinay KumarRCB: 2008-1313

STARS FROM LAST SEASON (IPL 2020):

RankBest BatsmenTeamRuns Scored
1.Devdutt PadikkalRCB473
2.Virat KohliRCB466
3.AB de VilliersRCB454
RankBest BowlersTeamWickets taken
1.Yuzvendra ChahalRCB21
2.Varun ChakravarthyKKR17
3.Pat CumminsKKR12

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