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by Alastair Symondson Wednesday 3 April 2019
Royal Challengers Bangalore have not had a great record at the Chinnaswamy Stadium off late. However, they would desperately want their home turf to bring back some fortune for them as the team is languishing at the bottom of the points table with four losses from four matches. You would have to be a brave online sports betting fan to give them any chance of making the play offs in IPL 2019. However, there is a long way to go and anything can happen to turn a team's fortunes around.
If RCB don't succeed in turning things around in the next couple of matches, it can be curtains for the team quite early in the season. A team which has batting powerhouses like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Shimron Hetmyer is expected to go further than this.
Parthiv Patel performed well in the first match and would continue to open the batting. His opening partners have been changing but it is expected that RCB would persist with Moeen Ali at the top of the order, with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers following them.
The addition of Marcus Stoinis has given them some balance. Although Navdeep Saini did not get a wicket in the last match, he showed a lot of potential and is expected to come good again.
Kolkata Knight Riders rested Sunil Narine and went for opening the batting with Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana in the last match. Andre Russell would continue to be their most valuable player while Kuldeep Yadav is the trump card of their bowling. Lockie Ferguson and Prasidh Krishna have also been hitting hard lengths.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
Royal Challengers Bangalore- Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj
Kolkata Knight Riders- Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Nikhil Naik, Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna
Who will win? – Kolkata Knight Riders
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Chris Lynn (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Yuzvendra Chahal (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Kuldeep Yadav (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Most boundaries – Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Chris Lynn (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Team Scores Batting First – Royal Challengers Bangalore 150+, Kolkata Knight Riders 170+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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