Match Preview – RCB vs KKR
In today's IPL match, Royal Challengers Bangalore will grapple against Kolkata Knight Riders at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. While the Virat Kohli-led RCB is unbeaten in the two games so far, KKR is placed sixth in the IPL 2021 Points table. In the previous encounter, KKR succumbed to a defeat against Mumbai to lose out two crucial points. On the other hand, RCB secured a come from behind victory to reach atop of the points table.
Both the teams have had a variety of players standing up in both the encounters so far. While Nitish Rana and Andre Russell have been the stand-out performers for KKR so far, Glenn Maxwell and Harshal Patel have had major winning contributions for RCB in IPL 2021.
Before we make RCB vs KKR Today IPL Match Prediction, here’s a look at what does today’s IPL fixture has to offer:
RCB vs KKR – Predicted Playing XIs for Today’s IPL Match
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB is expected to feature an unchanged playing XI in today's IPL match vs KKR. The return of Devdutt Padikkal has been a decisive factor for the team’s top-order batting unit. Moreover, skipper Virat Kohli embraces a strong playing XI in the presence of the experienced AB De Villiers and Glenn Maxwell.
Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Despite losing a close thriller against Mumbai Indians in the previous outing, KKR would look to back their same playing XI in today's IPL match vs RCB. Kolkata's failure in the last game was attributed more to their execution rather the personnel. The bowlers have responded well coupled with the batters who have stood up to the task so far.
Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Shakib Al Hasan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna
RCB vs KKR Head-to-Head record in IPL| H2H IPL stats
RCB won: 12
KKR won: 14
In the 26 matches ever since the inception of IPL, RCB and KKR have played out some of the finest performance for the fans. KKR would be mulling to enhance their lead whereas RCB would step onto the field to do the necessary correction in the head-to-head record tally. Eventually, RCB vs KKR Today's match prediction will be interesting to watch out for.
Players to Watch out for in Today's RCB vs KKR IPL match
The Orange Cap holder in IPL 2021, Nitish Rana has done the bulk of scoring for KKR in the season so far. Rana has scored two consecutive fifties while opening the batting for the Kolkata franchise. The bowling spearhead Pat Cummins had a great outing vs MI and will be one of the players to watch out for in today's RCB vs KKR IPL match. KKR would also expect a lot more from skipper Eoin Morgan who hasn't made a lot of contribution in the season so far.
On the other hand, RCB will hope that their batters can yet again come good today including the likes of Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers. However, their bowling has been a huge positive, considering the effort in the last match to defend such a low total. Harshal Patel, who currently holds the Purple Cap for most wickets in 2021, will be another player to watch out for RCB in today's IPL encounter,.
RCB vs KKR Match Prediction – Who will win today's IPL match?
KKR will need to put away the loss against Mumbai behind them before they take on the RCB in the afternoon game of the first double-header in IPL 2021. However, it will be tough for the Morgan-led side to get past RCB, who'll be riding high on confidence after two successive wins. While KKR's middle-order has failed to get going, different players have responded for RCB in the last matches. There's no doubt that RCB will go in as favorites to win today's RCB vs KKR IPL match on April 18.