The misfiring Kolkata Knight Riders will look to convey their marketing campaign again on monitor once they tackle table-toppers Royal Challengers Bangalore within the IPL right here on Sunday.
In the battle between the world’s two greatest white-ball captains, Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli, the Bengaluru franchise will maintain a slight edge over Kolkata after its two wins from as many outings.
Known for his tactical nous and man-management expertise, the World Cup-winning English skipper will probably be eager to convey KKR again on monitor after a well-known middle-order collapse value them the sport against Mumbai Indians.
After two abnormal seasons, the purple brigade began its marketing campaign in an emphatic style, ticking all of the containers against Sunrisers Hyderabad.
But against their nemesis MI, KKR middle-order collapsed in an inexplicable style to undergo their twelfth loss from 13 matches.
Morgan’s astute captaincy in utilizing his bowling assets was the spotlight as KKR had bowled out MI for a modest 152.
In his new function of bowling on the demise, Andre Russell has taken six wickets at a powerful common of seven.83, however has failed to ship with the bat.
With 14 runs from two matches, the big-hitting Jamaican has appeared a shadow of his previous.
Vice-captain Dinesh Karthik, too, will probably be below strain to ship after his painstaking keep within the center within the final sport.
While Nitish Rana has impressed probably the most in batting, their star opener Shubman Gill has faltered after spectacular begins, and KKR would hope the teenager fires within the coming days.
On a gradual Chepauk deck the place batting on the demise has been a priority, KKR’s bowling has been a revelation with Morgan cleverly utilizing his assets.
Against the star-studded RCB who’re but to hearth in unison this season, KKR’s bowling would as soon as once more look to make an impression.
It wouldn’t be a nasty concept to usher in left arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav rather than veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who has bowled simply the opening over in every of the 2 matches.
Boasting a famed batting line-up in Kohli, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell and the proficient teenager Devdutt Padikkal, RCB are but to carry out to their full potential.
But it didn’t matter a lot as RCB have received each their matches with new signing Maxwell holding fort within the center and the likes of Shahbaz Ahmed and Harshal Patel making the distinction in bowling.
Bought for Rs 14.25 crore within the 2021 public sale, Maxwell has bounced again from a poor final season within the UAE.
On a troublesome batting wicket, Maxwell’s 59 — his first IPL half-century since 2016 — was the cornerstone earlier than Bengal left-arm spinner Shahbaz turned it round against SRH within the seventeenth over, taking three wickets for one run.
In their first match, Harshal Patel’s five-for set it up earlier than de Villiers’ 48 sealed a two-wicket win over defending champions MI.
Kohli will probably be eager that his star-studded batting fires in unison against KKR.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (capt), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Joshua Philippe, Shahbaz Ahamad, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Dan Christian, KS Bharat, Suyash Prabhudessai, Daniel Sams and Harshal Patel.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (capt), Dinesh Karthik, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Tim Seifert, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Sandeep Warrier, Prasidh Krishna, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Harbhajan Singh, Karun Nair, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer and Pawan Negi.
Match Starts: 3.30pm.