KKR vs RCB IPL 2021 Preview: RCB's re-emerging trends cause for worry
With Royal Challengers Bangalore sitting at the top of the IPL 2021 points table a couple of matches ago, it seemed as if they had got rid of their chronic problems.
Death bowling troubles
While it still appears to be true by and large, a couple of long-lasting trends reappeared for Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last match against Punjab Kings.
The team leaked a lot of runs in the death overs, which had been the perennial problem for RCB prior to this season, but the team had successfully managed to tick that box in this season on the back of Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj. Patel in particular has now begun to leak runs.
Dependence on de Villiers
Secondly, the over dependence of their middle order on AB de Villiers, particularly with Virat Kohli having promoted himself to open the batting. Once Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers were dismissed in quick succession in the last match against Punjab Kings, RCB were not in a position to even go for the chase, which should not be the case for a top-billed side.
At the same time, picking Shahbaz Ahmed ahead of Washington Sundar and Daniel Sams ahead of Dan Christian has provided Bangalore with better balance. You never know, it might just have been a one-off bad day for Bangalore.
KKR's lack of intent
KKR are still losing more matches than they are winning. Before their disappointing loss against Delhi Capitals, captain Morgan said that the team had found their best XI.
However, another loss prompted coach Brendon McCullum to make a public statement that he was left with no choice but to make changes. What KKR are lacking is intent, with the bat, particularly at the top of the order.
Perhaps, McCullum was taking a dig at young Shubman Gill who scored 43 off 38 deliveries, but there was not much he could do when a couple of quick wickets fell in the middle order.
Dre Russ finds his mojo
Despite giving away 25 runs from just one over, Shivam Mavi is likely to keep his spot on the back of a couple of brilliant performances prior to the hiding against Delhi. Andre Russell's return to form is a great sign for KKR, but that's about it.
If Royal Challengers Bangalore do not make knee jerk changes after the defeat against Punjab Kings, the team has ample form and ammunition to get the better of an inconsistent KKR.
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Who will win the toss? RCB
Who will win? KKR
Top Bat (Runs Scored)? Glenn Maxwell (RCB), Eoin Morgan (KKR)
Top Bowler (Wickets Taken)? Harshal Patel (RCB), Sunil Narine (KKR)
Most Sixes? Daniel Sams (RCB), Andre Russell (KKR)
Here are the predicted playing XIs:
Royal Challengers Bangalore - Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Daniel Sams, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kolkata Knight Riders - Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
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