Royal Challengers Bangalore will go head-to-head against Kolkata Knight Riders in Eliminator of the IPL 2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore are still looking for their first IPL title and it is a perfect opportunity for them this year as they have secured the perfect mix of experienced and talented youngsters. They missed the chance to finish the race in the top two spots on the basis of net run rate, as Virat Kohli's men finished third in the standings with 18 points. However, they are still playing an excellent brand of cricket throughout this IPL and will be looking forward to do their best in the playoffs.
On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders had an exceptional second leg of IPL, where they bounced back from the bottom half of the table and finished fourth in the standings. They relied mainly on youngsters, who did not disappoint them. They had won their last two matches and look to extend their winning streak. Whoever wins this match will go through to Qualifier 2, whereas the loser will be knocked out of the tournament.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Eliminator
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
Date & Time:
October 11th at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local time
Star Sports Network and Disney+Hotstar
The surface here at Sharjah has become a bowling-friendly one and the batters have struggled to score runs. The highest score registered so far here in the 2nd leg is 171. The surface might get slow down as the game progresses and hence batting first is an excellent option.
Probable Playing XIs for RCB vs KKR:
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Kona Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Christian, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy
Top Picks for RCB vs KKR Dream11 Match:
Top Picks – Batters
RCB skipper Virat Kohli hasn’t fired in the last couple of matches. However, he is a big match player and can deliver in this crucial game. In 14 matches in this edition, he has mustered 366 runs at an average of 28.15.
Shubman Gill has scored 2 half-centuries in the last 2 matches, which is a positive sign for the Knight Riders ahead of playoffs. Overall in this tournament, he has scored 352 runs in 14 matches at an average of 25.14.
Top Picks – All-Rounders
Glenn Maxwell has made a massive impact with the bat for RCB, as he played a vital role in taking them till the playoffs. The Aussie has scored 498 runs in 13 innings at an average of 45.27, with the highest score of 78. Maxwell has chipped in with 3 wickets as well.
Venkatesh Iyer is the new sensation of the second leg of the IPL. He has got good reach and can play the shots freely, which is giving him positive results. In 7 matches so far, he has scored 239 runs at an average of 39.83 and picked up 3 wickets as well.
Top Picks – Bowlers
Harshal Patel has been consistently picking wickets for RCB this year. He is the current Purple Cap holder with 30 wickets in 14 matches, with the best figures of 5/27.
Varun Chakravarthy has been the pick of the bowlers from Knight Riders in this edition. Tamil Nadu’s deceptive spinner has picked up 16 wickets in 14 matches at an economy of 6.5, with the best figures of 3 for 13.
Top Picks – Wicketkeepers
Kona Srikar Bharat became a hero by hitting a last-ball six to win a match for RCB against Delhi Capitals. He was the player of the match for his match-winning knock of 78* runs from 52 deliveries.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for RCB vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Kona Srikar Bharat, AB de Villiers, Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell (c), Venkatesh Iyer (vc), Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for RCB vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
Kona Srikar Bharat, Nitish Rana, Virat Kohli, Rahul Tripathi (c), Sunil Narine, Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Venkatesh Iyer, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Lockie Ferguson
RCB vs KKR Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:
498 runs 3 wickets
Kona Srikar Bharat
239 runs and 3 wickets
RCB vs KKR Risky Captaincy Choices:
AB de Villiers is a finisher for RCB. He has not got adequate chances in this leg, but the South African can be backed to deliver whenever needed. It’s worth a risk to pick him as your fantasy team skipper in the big match.
Sunil Narine has picked up 10 wickets in 11 matches in this IPL at an economy of 6.52. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper.
Player you should avoid:
George Garton has picked up 3 wickets in 4 matches so far in this IPL. Considering his average performances, it’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.