In the upcoming IPL match, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face off against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The match will be held at Eden Gardens after almost four years, and KKR will be playing on their home turf. It is expected that team owner Shah Rukh Khan will be present during the match.
KKR is facing a few challenges due to the absence of some key players, which is making it difficult to prepare a balanced team. The team’s star all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan, from Bangladesh, has been ruled out of this season due to family reasons. Additionally, their regular captain, Shreyas Iyer, will also be missing from the team as he has to undergo an operation for his back injury. Nitish Rana is currently leading the team, but the franchise was hoping that Iyer would join them midway through the season. However, with his ouster, the coach Chandrakant Pandit’s side is struggling to find a good leader.
KKR’s With Weak Batting Form:
In the previous match against Punjab Kings, KKR’s batting performance was weak, with only Andre Russell-Venkatesh Iyer’s 50-run partnership being the best. Shreyas Iyer needs to strengthen the team’s batting. Afghanistan’s wicket-keeper batsman, Rahmanullah Gurbaz, played a flamboyant inning of 22 runs in the last match and is expected to perform well in this match as well. Shakib Al Hasan, the standout all-rounder for the Bangladeshi side, will not participate in the IPL this year owing to personal obligations. In addition to him, the team’s normal captain Shreyas Iyer is also unable to play since he has to get surgery for a back issue. Nitish Rana is KKR’s captain, but the squad was expecting Iyer to join them midway through the season. Now that Iyer has been fired, coach Chandrakant Pandit’s team is also having trouble finding a strong captain.
On the other hand, stopping RCB’s star batsman Virat Kohli and captain Faf Duplessis has become a big challenge for KKR. In the last match against Mumbai Indians, Kohli scored an unbeaten 82 off 49 balls, while Faf scored 73 runs in 43 balls. RCB also has a fast bowling attack in the form of Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, and Akash Deep, who can pile up any batting line-up. All three of them also know how to take advantage of the conditions at Eden Gardens.
In terms of the Possible Playing-11:
KKR might field Rahmanullah Gurbaz (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana (c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee/Lockie Ferguson, Anukul Roy, Umesh Yadav, and Varun Chakraborty.
RCB might field Virat Kohli, Faf Duplessis (c), Glenn Maxwell, Michael Bracewell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Karn Sharma, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, David Willey, and Mohammad Siraj.
Bowlers Raised Concern:
KKR’s main bowlers also scored a lot of runs against Punjab, with fast bowler Tim Southee and spinner Sunil Narine giving away too many runs. This made it difficult to create pressure on the Punjab batsmen. The team management needs to work on their bowling as well.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Nitish Rana (Captain), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Umesh Yadav, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Varun Chakraborty, Anukul Roy, Rinku Singh, N. Jagdishan, Vaibhav Arora, Suyash Sharma, David Weiss, Kulwant Khejroliya, Liton Das and Mandeep Singh.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf Duplessis (Captain), Virat Kohli, Suyash Prabhudessai, Dinesh Karthik, Anuj Rawat, Finn Allen, Glenn Maxwell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, David Willey, Karn Sharma, Mahipal Lomror, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood, Siddharth Kaul, Akashdeep, Reece Topley, Himanshu Sharma, and Michael Bracewell
To sum it up, KKR is facing some challenges due to the absence of key players and weak batting form. On the other hand, RCB is in good form, with strong batting and bowling performances in the previous match. It will be interesting to see how both teams perform in the upcoming match.