IPL 2019 Match Preview: M17 – RCB VS KKR

IPL 2019 Match Preview M17 - RCB VS KKR

IPL 2019 Match Preview: M17 – RCB VS KKR: Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to open their account in VIVO IPL 2019 when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders in Match 17.

Team news:

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kohli had suggested making changes in bulk following their loss to Rajasthan Royals. Nathan Coulter-Nile will only be available from April 13. But Tim Southee’s availability since the start has not inspired Kohli to give him a go, with them opting for the all-round option of Colin de Grandomme or Moeen Ali instead.

That, despite RCB conceding just under 10 in the death. Southee, also functional with the bat, could be a handy inclusion to provide the hosts some zip in the bowling. Yuzvendra Chahal has been their lone shining star in the bowling, and has lacked aid at the other end.

If RCB are hell-bent on having two all-rounders, like they do in Ali and Marcus Stionis, they could bring in Southee for Shimron Hetmyer, who has failed to kick on so far. They could also do with giving Washington Sundar a go. He proved his prowess for the Rising Pune Supergiant in the powerplay with some handy scores along the way.

Probable XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Washington Sundar/Moeen Ali, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer/Tim Southee, Marcus Stoinis, Akshdeep Nath, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

Kolkata Knight Riders

Sunil Narine is “good to go” in Piyush Chawla’s words. He will slot right back in if it’s the case in place of Nikhil Naik. KKR are unlikely to make further changes.

Probable XI: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk, c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna

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Did you know:

– KKR have beaten RCB in their last three head-to-head encounters at the Chinnaswamy. Only MI (2008-12) had a longer winning run at the venue against the home side.

– RCB have taken only one wicket in the Powerplay in their first four games – the fewest among all sides.

– AB de Villiers averages 24.92 against KKR in 18 matches – the lowest for him against any opponent.

Head to Head in IPL

Overall: Matches – 22,Royal Challengers Bangalore – 9, Kolkata Knight Riders – 13.

Since 2017: Matches – 4, Royal Challengers Bangalore – 0, Kolkata Knight Riders – 4.

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