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Will Wanindu Hasaranga Make His Debut?

Kolkata Knight Riders are all set to renew their Indian Premier League journey by taking over third-placed Royal Challengers Bangalore on the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. With simply 4 factors of their bag, Eoin Morgan’s KKR are at present on the seventh place and they might have to set the ball rolling proper from the primary match in the event that they hope to qualify for the playoffs. Royal Challengers Bangalore, in the meantime with 10 factors from seven video games sit comfortably within the high half of the desk however a successful begin by no means hurts.

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Last time these two groups met, Virat Kohli’s males beat KKR by 28 runs. However, lots has modified in previous couple of months for RCB; The Bengaluru-based franchise has been pressured to vary as many as 4 gamers. Adam Zampa, Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson and Finn Allen are all out, and so they have been changed by Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, George Garton and Tim David. Their coach Simon Katich additionally stepped down resulting from private causes and Mike Hesson took over the reins, along with his present function of Director of Cricket Operations, RCB.

Kolkata Knight Riders themselves misplaced their highest wicket-taker of the season Pat Cummins and have changed him with Tim Southee.

Last 12 months when RCB performed within the UAE, they only managed to qualify for the playoffs – based mostly on web run charge. So, when the season resumes, they might hope for a significantly better outing and ebook their place within the knockouts in a way more relaxed method.

KKR leads in head-to-head document towards RCB, successful 18 and shedding 13 out of 28 fixtures performed between the 2 sides.

KKR could be Subhman Gill and Nitin Rana discover their kind within the UAE leg of IPL 2021. Captain Eoin Morgan would additionally have to let his bat do the speaking and lead from the entrance. Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Rahul Tripathy and Shakib Al Hasan too want to come back good for the Kolkata-based aspect.

Meanwhile, Time Southee will likely be heading KKR’s tempo bowling assault.

As for RCB, Glenn Maxwell (223 runs from 7 video games) and AB de Villiers (207 runs from 7) are main the run scorers chart. Skipper Virat Kohli with 198 runs is having a disappointing outing thus far, by his personal requirements.

On the bowling entrance, Mohammed Siraj and Kiwi Kyle Jamieson would lead the assault which additionally has Harshal Patel, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal. The additions of Sri Lanka duo of Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera must also maintain the workforce in good stead.

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Probable Playing XI:

KKR PROBABLE PLAYING XI: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers,  Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal

RCB PROBABLE PLAYING XI: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell, Shakib al Hasan, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna, Tim Southee, Sandeep Warrier

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