Date & Time: Friday, April 5th; 08:00pm IST
Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore have suffered their worst start in an IPL season thus far (4 losses in all 4 matches that they have played) and they would certainly want to gain as many points as possible to stay in contention for top 4 spot.
Kolkata Knight Riders are coming into the game after suffering a loss in a thrilling Super Over contest but they are in a much better position than Royal Challengers Bangalore at the moment.
Virat Kohli suggested that there will be a lot of changes in the playing XI to find a balanced team. Players like Washington Sundar and Tim Southee are expected to play. Nathan Coulter Nile is unavailable for the next 2 games. Kolkata Knight Riders will include Sunil Narine in place of Nikhil Naik.
Another high scoring thriller is expected at M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Spinners like Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are expected to play a major role. Pacers will have to be at their brilliant best in the death overs, if not they will be taken to the cleaners at this compact ground.
Robin Uthappa will be playing at his home venue but in an opposition jersey. He has been at this venue from his childhood and knows exactly how it will play. He averages around 38 while playing against Bangalore and has a very good record against the current RCB bowlers.
Virat Kohli is a must-have pick in the Fantasy team especially when he is playing at his favorite venue. He has scored 230 runs in his last 5 matches at this venue at a strike rate of 152. Also, he has not been dismissed to the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine and Andre Russell in the last 2 years in T20s.
Although Chris Lynn has been in dismal form of late in IPL, we feel this is the perfect chance for him to come back into his devastating best form, which is termed fondly by cricketing world as #LynnSanity. He has scored 2 centuries in his last 5 matches at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium and has phenomenal run scoring record against the RCB bowling attack.
|Batsman||Chance of Success|
|AB de Villiers||73.8%|
|Colin de Grandhomme||59.4%|
Mohammad Siraj might be a little expensive with the ball, but he is a genuine wicket taker. He has picked up 7 wickets in his last 5 T20 matches also the same number of wickets in his last 4 appearance at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. He has bowled 37 balls against the KKR batsmen and has got them out 4 times at an average of 14.5.
The current purple cap holder with 8 wickets in 4 matches, Yuzvendra Chahal has been the only ray of hope in RCB bowling attack so far this season. Bowling at crucial junctures of the match and picking up wickets especially at such a short ground speaks volumes about his control over line and length.
|Bowlers||Chance of Success|
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