So this has been fairly a restoration from RCB who discovered themselves in hassle early on after dropping two wickets in a single over of Varun Chakravarthy. And since then, it has been a one-way visitors with Bangalore belting Knight Riders bowlers for loads of boundaries. Glenn Maxwell made 78 earlier than AB de Villiers offered a grandstand end with a blistering 34-ball 76*. RCB posted 204/4
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Things have began nicely for RCB this season in what’s considered one of their higher beginnings in an IPL version. They beat five-time winners and two-time defending champions MI within the season opener and brilliantly defended a complete of simply 149 in opposition to the Sunrisers. Virat Kohli has acquired begins in each the matches and would look to make it depend this time in opposition to KKR. Interestingly, he has registered the an identical rating of 33 off 29 deliveries together with 4 fours in each the matches!
The largest story for RCB although has been the return of Glenn Maxwell. He was the best influence batsman in opposition to SRH smashing 59 off 41 deliveries displaying maturity in constructing his innings. He additionally chipped in 39 off 28 deliveries in opposition to MI. Maxwell is controlling the sport batting at quantity 4 and easing the stress on RCB’s best batsman – AB de Villiers – who got here up with a defining efficiency in opposition to MI with a 27-ball 48.
The bowling has been potent and spectacular – an enormous leap from earlier years the place the workforce lagged behind on this division. Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj have been the 2 excellent bowlers for RCB thus far. Harshal bagged a fifer within the first match and returned with a pair within the second additionally being very restrictive. Siraj has been extraordinarily economical and really miserly within the powerplay. The workforce unearthed a brand new hero in opposition to SRH when left-arm orthodox Shahbaz Ahmed picked three huge wickets in a single over to wreak havoc on the opposition center order.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR have had a combined bag of kinds. They had a nice win over SRH however noticed a center and lower-order collapse in what ought to have been a straightforward victory over MI.
Nitish Rana has been their standout performer to this point. He slammed 80 off 56 deliveries in opposition to SRH earlier than registering one other fifty in opposition to MI. The skipper Eoin Morgan has not acquired begins in each the matches and must give you a major rating in opposition to RCB. The largest concern for KKR although can be the type of Andre Russell – he has registered two single-digit scores and regarded out of kinds. The all-rounder had a horrible marketing campaign in 2020 after a sensational 2019. KKR want Russell – the harmful batsman if they’re to make the playoffs this time round.
Pat Cummins has been the trump card for KKR with the ball. He bagged the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan and was very restrictive in opposition to MI. He once more acquired the prized scalp of Jonny Bairstow and was KKR’s most economical bowler in opposition to SRH.