Putting in great shifts this season, KKR and RCB are mounting a title challenge at the business end of the standings. Both sides in high-spirits heading into this contest, one will be heading home in defeat when the umpire blows for full-time here.
Now, they are placed fourth on the log, having garnered a whopping eight points from their six matches. The opening combination of Aaron Finch and Devdutt Padikkal haven’t fared so well recently. Alongside AB de Villiers, Washington Sundar; Virat Kohli has been magnificent in the middle order.
De Villiers will already be relishing the prospect of batting on Monday, given how small the playing pitch is. Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh and Chris Morris are good hitters that cannot be overlooked. To crown it up, RCB’s bowlers have been in inspired form lately.
Their batting problems well-documented, coach Brendon McCullum will be looking to address that soon enough. Openers Rahul Tripathi and Shubman Gill are in red-hot form at the moment, scoring important runs in their preceding two fixtures.
Still yet to hit the ground running, Andre Russell will be hoping to come good in this contest, making quality use of the smaller boundaries at Sharjah. Forming a good partnership in attack, Pat Cummins and Prasidh Krishna could use their pace to unsettle RCB’s strong batting unit.
Same can be said for KKR whose players have struggled with inconsistency all season. A close one to call, KKR might just have the upper hand – thanks to their superiority in h2h encounters. Hence, feel free to wager on the Kolkata Knight Riders delivering an outright win.
Royal Challengers Bangalore To Win the Match, 1.83
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