Cricket match date: 19th April 2019
Cricket match time: 8:00 pm IST
Cricket match location: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Indian Premier League 2019
Team A: KKR
Team B: RCB
Team A Captain: Dinesh Karthik
Team B Captain: Virat Kohli
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Cricket Match Preview:
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are in a slump and there is no other way to put it. From being at the top of the points table last week, they have now slipped to the 5th spot. At this stage of the tournament where every team is competing hard with each other to qualify for the playoff spot, it becomes imperative for KKR to get back to winning ways.
Their opponent, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), have now gone to the point of no return. They are and they have been placed at the last position for some time now. Now they have 6 cricket games left and chances are, even if they win all those games, they will still not qualify for the next round. But this also makes them dangerous for their opponent as they can now hurt their chances of reaching the playoff.
KKR had 4 wins out of their 5 cricket games but since then, they have lost three consecutive cricket games and have 4 wins out of 8 cricket games. Their four losses have come against Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings, both home and away. KKR know they have to win at least 4 games out of the remaining games to qualify for the playoff but with two of those cricket games scheduled against Mumbai Indians, their bogey team, it makes their task a difficult one.
For RCB, Dale Steyn will be available for this cricket game. He has been included in their squad in place of Nathan Coulter-Nile, who became unavailable for the tournament. Steyn should be included straight away into the squad considering the misery of RCB’s bowlers so far in the tournament. KKR have all of their overseas players available for selection, but we might get to see some changes in their strategy for the remainder of the tournament.
While both the batting lineups are very powerful, this cricket game might be dictated by which team bowls better. Both these cricket teams have suffered due to their bowling and are arguably the worst bowling lineups of the tournament. KKR have three good spinners but they haven’t been at their best so far in the tournament. RCB, on the other hand, will once again be dependent on the duo of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers for their victory.
Cricket Match Information:
Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on each other for the second time in this year’s IPL. As of now, on the points table, KKR are at the 5th position, whereas RCB are on the last position.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
KKR are being led by Dinesh Karthik for the second season in a row. KKR need to win this cricket game to resurrect their campaign. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played the last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of KKR’s playing XI:
- Shubhman Gill
- Chris Lynn
- Sunil Narine
- Andre Russell
- Nitish Rana
- Dinesh Karthik
- Prasidh Krishna
- Piyush Chawla
- Harrey Gurney
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Robin Uthappa
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
RCB are being led by Virat Kohli once again. They are virtually ruled out of the playoff spot already. Our prediction is of at least one change in the form of Dale Steyn for this game of cricket.
Here is our prediction of RCB’s playing XI:
- Virat Kohli
- Parthiv Patel
- AB de Villiers
- Marcus Stoinis
- Moeen Ali
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Shivam Dube
- Umesh Yadav
- Mohammad Siraj
- NA Saini
- Dale Steyn
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
AB de Villiers has been in great form in this IPL. However, even his best knocks haven’t managed to win them anything in this game of cricket. Our prediction is of another great game for him.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The pitch in Eden Gardens has been very flat and conducive to batting. Hence, our prediction is of a score of around 180 this time around. Conditions are expected to be dry.
KKR will begin this game of cricket as slight favourites. RCB are in terrible form at the moment and KKR won’t get the better opportunity to get the two points on the board. Hence, our prediction is of KKR’s victory in this game of cricket.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Nitish Rana (KKR) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
Piyush Chawla (KKR) -2 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Andre Russell (KKR)
Kolkata Knight Riders – 1.64
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 2.20
*odds may change anytime