IPL 2019 Match Preview: M35 -KKR VS RCB: Bangalore will fight another battle to keep their slim playoff aspirations alive when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders
When: Friday, April 19 at 8:00 PM IST
Where: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
What to expect: A batting-friendly wicket as has been through the season. However, Tahir showed that it is possible for the spinners to effective on a surface even if it offers little for them. Scattered thunderstorms are predicted for the afternoon, with temperatures rising up to 33 degrees.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Russell, who already was struggling a bit with some discomfort in his left shoulder, was hit by a bouncer at the same place by a net bowler during the practice session on Wednesday. He was helped off the field by Carlos Brathwaite and Robin Uthappa after he was writhing in pain. He took no further part in practice and wasn’t around on the eve of the match either. He was taken for preliminary scans, but skipper Dinesh Karthik said they would know tomorrow whether or not he will play. In the eventuality of him not being available, Carlos Brathwaite will slot in for him.
Probable XI: Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Harry Gurney, Andre Russell/Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Dale Steyn, who replaced Nathan Coulter-Nile in the RCB set-up, should get his first game this season after their pace attack has lacked zip from the onset. Besides, the wicket that is on offer this season, seems like the perfect start for Steyn.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (c), Akshdeep Nath, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav
What they said:
At this stage, every game is very important, whoever the opponent is. RCB is a very good team and we are all aware of it. Every game is going to be important at this stage of the tournament. We’re taking one game at a time and we’re going to try and do the best that we can. – Dinesh Karthik, KKR skipper.
If anyone thinks that if Russell is not playing, then it’s good for us, then it’s the wrong idea. As a cricketer, I would like to see Russell play, and the bowlers to do well against him and get him out. Fans also want to see good cricket. It’s not easy for Russell also to come all the time and hit big sixes. – Ashish Nehra, RCB bowling coach
Head to Head in IPL
Overall: Matches – 23,Kolkata Knight Riders – 14, Royal Challengers Bangalore –9.
Since 2017: Matches – 5, Kolkata Knight Riders – 5, Royal Challengers Bangalore – 0.