KKR vs RCB – Match Preview
The two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Match 30 of the VIVO IPL 2021 in Ahmedabad. The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium will most likely favor the batsman. Considering the batting might be possessed by both the teams, one could expect today's KKR vs RCB IPL match to be a high-scoring thriller.
Both KKR and RCB come into this match on the back of a defeat in their previous matches. KKR fell prey to an onslaught from Prithvi Shaw who completely took the game away from them. RCB, on the other hand, would be disappointed with the batting performance in the last as they fell short of their target by 34 runs. Both teams will be eager to right their wrongs and be on the winning side tonight.
Before we make KKR vs RCB Today Match Prediction, here's a look at what does today's IPL fixture has to offer:
KKR vs RCB – Predicted Playing XIs for Today's IPL Match
Kolkata Knight Riders
We could see the inclusion of Shakib Al Hasan in place of Sunil Narine to strengthen the batting lineup. Also, the wicket at the Narendra Modi Stadium has provided some assistance to the spinners. With that in mind, Shivam Mavi is likely to make way for the veteran Harbhajan Singh.
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB has been one of the most settled teams this year in IPL 2021. However, we could see one change for today's match. Considering the pitch, they could consider bringing in Washington Sundar in place of Shahbaz Ahmed to boost up the spin department.
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Washington Sundar/Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Sams, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj
KKR vs RCB Head to Head record in IPL | H2H IPL stats
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In terms of KKR vs RCB head-to-head IPL record, Kolkata has a slender lead against their opponents for tonight. They have won 14 out of the 27 matches whereas, RCB has won 14 out of them. With the competition so tight, we could be in for a thrilling encounter.
Players to Watch out for in KKR vs RCB IPL match:
Shubhman Gill must have derived immense confidence from his innings in the last match and will look to provide a solid start in the upcoming match. KKR's wicketkeeper-batsman, Dinesh Karthik has the ability to clear the ropes at will and can provide the finishing touches required during the death overs. He will be ably supported by Andre Russell who has been striking the ball for the last couple of matches. With the ball, Pat Cummins will be their main man and can make a major impact on the result of this fixture.
Royal Challengers Bangalore has had impressive batting performances so far this season, starting with their openers, Devdutt Padikkal and skipper Virat Kohli. In the middle order, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers will shore up the responsibility of moving the game forward and scoring at a brisk rate as well. The purple cap holder, Harshal Patel will once again be the bowler to watch out for, for the opponents. With the pitch offering some assistance, Yuzvendra Chahal will also be in the game and can make an impact.
KKR vs RCB Match Prediction – Who will win today’s IPL match?
Royal Challengers of Bangalore have had a brilliant first half in IPL 2021. The batting combinations have clicked all the players are willing to put up their hands and take the responsibilities to win the match for their team. With the load distributed throughout the team, players like Maxwell and Kohli can now play with freedom without worrying about a collapse. As a result, RCB is likely to win today's KKR vs RCB IPL match on May 3.