IPL 2020 Match 28 Preview: RCB vs KKR - Fretting over Russell and Narine's availability, Kolkata face confident Kohli & co
Kolkata Knight Riders may have managed to pull off a heist against Kings XI Punjab in their last encounter, winning by two runs in the last over, but they suffered two big blows in the match.
Russell's dodgy knee
Andre Russell injured his knee, banging it on the advertising boards in an attempt to grab a catch against Punjab. In the same game, Sunil Narine, the hero of the match, was reported for suspect action.
These two Caribbean all-rounders are part of the core of Kolkata Knight Riders and if either of them is unavailable, it will make a big dent on KKR's hopes in this season.
KKR's dilemma - to play or not to play Narine
Sunil Narine has been put in the warning list but will be available to bowl for Kolkata. However, if he receives one more warning, it would be curtains for him in IPL 2020. Hence, Kolkata will tread very cautiously in his case.
There might be a school of thought to use him judiciously and save him for big matches. Meanwhile, he can also work on his bowling action. With Varun Chakravarthy doing a similar job as Narine, KKR have the room to make this change.
Kuldeep Yadav is already sitting on the bench and would not mind a couple of chances. The other option that KKR have is to play Narine and keep their contingency plans ready in case he receives another warning.
There is no update on the fitness of Andre Russell. Given how crucial a player he is for the team, there can be a temptation to rest him for a couple of games but KKR cannot afford to lose both the all-rounders together.
Rest of the team looks settled
After starting with an explosive half-century in his first match this season, Rahul Tripathi could not make a mark in the last game but is expected to be given a few more opportunities. The rest of the batters including Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik look solid.
The bowling comprising Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna and Varun Chakravarthy does not require any change.
RCB in good rhythm
Royal Challengers Bangalore are on a high after beating Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs in their last match. The team has now climbed to the top half of the table, which has not been a common sight, if at all, in the last couple of seasons of the IPL.
Morris a great addition to Bangalore
Chris Morris, who came into the team in place of Moeen Ali in the last match, did a great job with the ball, picking up three wickets. For the first time in a long, long time, the RCB unit is looking settled and does not require to make any changes.
Here's the probable playing XI of both teams:
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Maan, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik(c & wk), Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
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