Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will host Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in today's IPL 2020 match in Sharjah. Both teams arrive in today's contest on the back of a win in their previous match. While RCB defeated CSK in a convincing fashion, KKR managed to pull off a 2-run win over KXIP. Currently, KKR is ranked third in the IPL Points table with eight points in six games. In today's IPL match, the Dinesh Karthik-led side will have an opportunity to claim the top spot if they can manage a huge win against RCB.
On the other hand, with four wins in six matches, RCB finds itself in the fourth position with a relatively poor net run rate of -0.82. The Kohli-led side would not only aim to secure two crucial points but would even look to improve their NRR. Before we look at who will win today's IPL match, here's a brief insight into what to expect in today's match, and the head-to-head IPL stats between RCB and KKR.
What to Expect – Pitch and Ground Conditions?
RCB and KKR will locks horns at a relatively small stadium in Sharjah. With short boundaries, it can certainly be a six-hitting run-fest with some powerful hitters on both sides. The pitch at Sharjah is a batting paradise with very little margin of error for the bowlers. Teams might opt to bat first considering the results' trend on this ground and the effect of chasing a huge total in the second innings.
RCB vs KKR Head to Head IPL Records | H2H IPL Stats
Kolkata Knight Riders: 14
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 10
No Result: 0
Clearly, KKR has an edge over RCB considering the history of the last 12 years in the IPL. However, Virat Kohli and co. will be determined to improve their numbers against the 2014 IPL champions.
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Players to Watch out for in RCB vs KKR IPL match
Royal Challengers Bangalore had an all-round effort against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday. Skipper Virat Kohli starred with bat and would be one of the players to watch out for in today's IPL fixture against KKR. It will be interesting to see if Kohli can extend his recent form even against KKR. Also, all eyes will be on Chris Morris who made an impressive debut for RCB in the fixture against CSK.
For Kolkata Knight Riders, despite securing a win against KXIP, it was a nervy finish as they just managed to sneak out a lucky win courtesy of some good bowling in the last few overs. Skipper Dinesh Karthik would hope to continue his batting form from the last match. Sunil Narine, who pulled out his team from the jaws of defeat, would also be in focus after he was reported for suspect bowling action post his match-winning performance against KXIP.
Match Prediction – RCB vs KKR: Who will win today’s IPL match
Both the teams would be riding high on confidence after claiming a victory in their last IPL match. However, RCB secured a rather convincing victory over CSK and might have their noses ahead in the fixture against KKR in today's IPL match. Having said that, it should be a great cricket spectacle as both teams eye to break into the top two spots in the Points Table.