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Preview RCB v KKR: crucial game for Kolkata
This is a very crucial match for both teams at Ahmedabad, especially for KKR. With the team struggling so hard, Kolkata needs to get their team to play as a unit and gel together. The has been issues with both batting and bowling. The top order has misfired consistently which had their coach McCullum blasting at his team in the recent press conference. No one is getting runs consistently and the captain himself is struggling in IPL. Preview RCB v KKR: crucial game for Kolkata
The bowlers have done well only in patches and the team has failed to live up to its billing. At least two to three changes are expected in the lineup with overseas stars like Lockie Ferguson, Ben Cutting and Tom Siefert awaiting their chances. Also remains to be seen whether they bring back Shakib in place of a misfiring Sunil Narine. Also it is to be observed whether KKR utilizes Karun Nair at the top of the order who is yet to play a game. For the bowling group, they can try Sandip Warrier, Pawan Negi or Kuldeep Yadav from the reserves. Preview RCB v KKR: crucial game for Kolkata
The seniors like Morgan, Russell and Cummins need to perform to inspire the whole unit .
Tripathy, Rana/ Nair, Gill , Morgan , Shakib / Narine/ Ferguson , Russell , Cummins , Mavi / Nagarkoti / Negi , Varun , Prasidh, Warrier / Kuldeep.
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RCB look like a comparatively settled unit but lost 2 of their last three games and won the 3rd game by just 1 run. Hence the performance levels have shown a downward graph. Harshal Patel who has been so outstanding for them has been expensive in recent matches. More consistency is required from the openers and Kohli is yet to get into his best batting shape. In bowling, with lefthanders in the KKR lineup, they should get back Sundar in the XI. However, with a strong middle order and good performers in the bowling lineup, RCB is expected to prevail over an unsettled KKR in this game.
Kohli, Paddikal , Patidar , Maxwell , De Villiers , Sundar , Jamieson , Harshal , Christain / Saini / Shahbaz , Siraj , Chahal
In the first leg match between the two teams , RCB has won comfortably.
With the dew factor and a decent batting pitch at Ahmedabad, the team winning the toss is expected to chase. However, KKR with their batting not firing should look to bat first without target pressure.