2015 Indian Premier League title defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders will be taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore in the fifth match of season on 11 April. This is the second game for Kolkata in the tournament whereas Bangalore team will be playing their first match of IPL-8. KKR won opening match of competition against Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets.
Kolkata Knight Riders are in good performance and the way they played first match against Mumbai it was their complete showcase. KKR played like champions and their batsmen looked in good form. Captain Gambhir’s inning and Suryakumar Yadav’s match winning strokes in the middle order clearly showed that team is not fully depended on Uthappa, Pandey and Yusuf Pathan.
Wicket less Sunil Narine from previous match will be desperate to get back in the form today and perform for the side. Morne Morkel and Umesh Yadav will have to give their best and bowled the way they did against MI. This time Kolkata bowlers to stop top class destructive Royal Challengers Bangalore batting line up in likes of Gayle, Kohli and de Villiers.
RCB Captain Virat Kohli will be looking to get his team on the winning track from the very first match of tournament. Bangalore never won IPL and this time they’ll be desperate to do it. Despite Gayle, de Villiers and Kohli, RCB have got Dinesh Karthik, Badrinath and Darren Sammy who can change the match at any point of time.
Mitchell Starc is already out from the starting matches of IPL hence Royal Challengers Bangalore will be depending on Adam Milne, Sean Abbott, Varun Aaron and Ashok Dinda to stop the guys like Gambhir, Uthappa, Pandey and Pathan.
Gautam Gambhir (captain), Robin Uthappa, Morne Morkel, Manish Pandey, Pat Cummins, Suryakumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Johan Botha, Umesh Yadav, Ryan ten Doeschate, Azhar Mahmood, Sumit Narwal, Piyush Chawla, KC Cariappa, Aditya Garhwal, Sheldon Jackson, Kuldeep Yadav, Veer Pratap Singh, Sunil Narine and Vaibhav Rawal.
Virat Kohli (captain), AB de Villers, Chris Gayle, Darren Sammy, Dinesh Karthik, Subramaniam Badrinath, Adam Milne, Mitchell Starc, Sean Abbott, Varun Aaron, Vijay Zol, Yogesh Takawale, Abu Nechim Ahmed, Nic Maddinson, Ashok Dinda, Sandeep Warrier, Yuzvendra Singh Chahal, Manvinder Bisla, Iqbal Abdullah, Rilee Rossouw, David Wiese, Jalaj Saxena, Harshal Patel, Sarfaraz Naushad Khan and Shishir Bhavane.
Kolkata Knight Riders will be favorite on their home ground but still this t20 match is quite balanced as Royal Challengers Bangalore are dangerous side. KKR have 53 percent chances over RCB.