There are some changes anticipated in the points table as the tournament progresses into the playoffs and the league stages come to a wrap, and each match at this point is more critical than ever.
Kolkata started two points behind Bangalore’s Royal Challengers, having suffered an 82-run severe loss when they last met. After a super-over against Sunrisers Hyderabad last time out, they then lost to Mumbai Indians but bounced back to winning ways. With the ball, Lockie Ferguson was crucial, taking 3-15 to restrict the Sunrisers to 163/6. He took two more wickets in three balls in the super over to set up a Kolkata victory.
On the back of a victory, Royal Challengers are also heading into this game as they bounced back from a loss to Kings XI Punjab. To lift them to victory, AB de Villiers smashed 55 * from 22 balls-recovering from 102/3 in the 14th over to cross 179/3 and a seven-wheeled win with two balls to spare.
Wednesday’s weather in Dubai will be transparent, and the chances of rainfall are zero. The temperature will hover between 28 and 30 degrees Celsius.
The Abu Dhabi pitch is on the slower side and is predicted to slow down in the coming games. In the past few weeks, it has brought us a lot of low scoring games. In Abu Dhabi, batting second seems to be more relaxed.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Chris Morris
Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Dream 11:
AB de Villiers (c&wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Shahbaz Ahmed, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie Ferguson
When these teams last met, Royal Challengers Bangalore won comfortably and are favourites to win this match, but Kolkata could upset the odds as they look for revenge. Looking back at their past result, we are backing Royal Challengers Bangalore to beat Kolkata Knight Riders in this match!