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Cricket Free Tips | IPL 2021, Eliminator: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders

The Eliminator of the IPL 2021 would pit Royal Challengers Bangalore against Kolkata Knight Riders. The Royal Challengers Bangalore are still hunting for their first IPL trophy, and this year is an excellent opportunity for them because they have the right blend of experienced and bright young players. Virat Kohli’s side finished third in the standings with 18 points, missing out on a chance to finish in the top two slots based on net run rate. They have, however, continued to play good cricket throughout the IPL and will be looking forward to giving it they’re all in the playoffs.

The Kolkata Knight Riders had an outstanding second leg of the IPL, bouncing back from the bottom part of the table to finish fourth. They primarily relied on teenagers, who did not disappoint. They had won their previous two matches and want to continue their winning streak. The winner of this match advances to Qualifier 2, while the loser is eliminated from the tournament.

 

Weather
With an average temperature of roughly 34°C, it should be a hot and sunny evening in Sharjah.

 

Pitch

The pitch in Sharjah hasn’t been easy to score on, but KKR’s solid batting approach paid off against RR. Outside of the powerplay, it’s been difficult to time the big shots, with slower deliveries and cutters proving to be effective.

Both teams bowled well in the second half of the innings. Therefore a high-scoring match is unlikely. Expect another game in the 150-155 range that ends up being a nail-biter.

 

Probable Playing XIs
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Virat Kohli (c), Kona Srikar Bharat (wk), Devdutt Padikkal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, George Garton, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Glenn Maxwell
Kolkata Knight Riders:
Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Varun Chakravarthy, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Lockie Ferguson, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Shakib Al Hasan, Shivam Mavi

 

Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders – Eliminator, Dream 11:
Glenn Maxwell (c), Kona Srikar Bharat (wk), Rahul Tripathi, AB de Villiers, Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Venkatesh Iyer, Harshal Patel, Varun Chakravarthy

 

Prediction
Match winner

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore

Winning the toss

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore

Top Batsman

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore – Glenn Maxwell
  • Kolkata Knight Riders – Venkatesh Iyer

Top Bowler

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore – Harshal Patel
  • Kolkata Knight Riders – Varun Chakravarthy

Most Sixes 

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore – AB de Villiers
  • Kolkata Knight Riders – Dinesh Karthik

Player of the Match

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore – Harshal Patel

Team Scores Batting First 

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore – 165+
  • Kolkata Knight Riders – 160+

 

Both sides have won their last two games in Sharjah, albeit one might argue that KKR has the upper hand because of their clinical win over RR. RCB, on the other hand, will be buoyed by their last-ball victory over DC, and their middle order appears to be in better shape.

While KKR has performed admirably in the UAE leg, RCB has had a more consistent season overall, and that consistency might translate into a victory over Eoin Morgan’s team. 

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