- Saiman Das
RCB vs KKR: In the first double-header day of IPL 2021 we have Royal Challengers Bangalore squaring off against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 10th match at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Super Sunday.
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai.
Date: 18th April 2021
Time: 03:30 PM
Royal Challengers Bangalore are the only unbeaten side in the IPL 2021 so far. They have had a dream start to their IPL campaign, winning as many as two games, placing them at the top of the points table. They successfully defended 149 runs in their last match to register a six-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad. The Virat Kohli-led side will hope to keep the momentum alive and complete a hat-trick of wins in IPL 2021. The Royal Challengers are looking very promising this season, but as the trends have shown over the years, it’s probably too soon to assume anything regarding them.
Kolkata Knight Riders, on the other hand, have won one of their two games and find themselves at the sixth position in the IPL 2021 points table. They failed to chase down 153 runs in their last match against the defending champions Mumbai Indians. Eoin Morgan & co will need to gain confidence from the brilliant bowling and a promising start while batting in the last game. The two-time IPL champions will be looking to get back on the winning ways against the in-form Royal Challengers, though it won’t be easy.
The skies will stay sunny with zero chances of rain interruptions for the entire duration of the game. The temperature will hover around 33 degrees Celsius.
The track at the MA Chidambaram Stadium is a sporting one with an average 1st innings score of 159 runs. The track has something to offer for both batsmen and bowlers. The batsmen will need to bide some time in the middle before shifting the gears, with the wickets in hand being crucial on this ground. The spinners have enjoyed great success on this ground and are expected to dictate the terms in this game too. One must not hesitate to bat first upon winning the toss as the last four of the five games played on this ground were won by the teams batting first.
Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (WK), Washington Sundar, Daniel Christian, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Shakib Al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy.
Glenn Maxwell: Maxwell is looking very promising in the red and gold. The Aussie all-rounder has scored 98 runs in 2 innings at a strike rate of 142.02. The way Maxi has anchored the innings for RCB in the last two games, he becomes a must-have pick in your fantasy teams.
Andre Russell: The Carribbean all-rounder had a great outing in the last game wherein he scalped 5-wickets followed by nine runs. The fact that Russell is bowling death overs for the KKR makes him a hot prospect to have in your teams. He can also contribute some fantasy points by scoring some quickfire runs in the middle order.
Devdutt Padikkal: The 20 y/o left-handed batsman failed to impress the fantasy players in the last game as he went out for cheap. However, he is a quality batsman who scored 473 runs in 15 innings on his debut in the IPL 2020. He can help you fetch healthy points in this game if he gets going.
Varun Chakravarthy: The mystery spinner hailing from Karnataka impressed everyone with his exceptional bowling skills in the IPL 2020 and was rewarded with a national call-up for the Australia tour. He has scalped 19 wickets in 16 IPL outings. He can prove to be a great differential pick in this game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are expected to win this game.
Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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