Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will resume their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign on September 20 by wearing a blue jersey against the Kolkata Knights Riders in Abu Dhabi.RCB had announced in May that they would be sporting blue jerseys to honour the frontline workers fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic in India. However, before their next fixture, the IPL was suspended due to positive Covid-19 cases in the bio-bubbles of franchises in Delhi and Ahmedabad.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shifted IPL out of India and said that the remaining season will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19 to October 15."RCB to wear Blue Jersey v KKR on 20th. We at RCB are honoured to sport the Blue kit, which resembles the colour of the PPE kits of the frontline warriors, to pay tribute to their invaluable service while leading the fight against the Covid pandemic," RCB said in a statement.RCB to wear Blue Jersey v KKR on 20thWe at RCB are honoured to sport the Blue kit, that resembles the colour of the PPE kits of the frontline warriors, to pay tribute to their invaluable service while leading the fight against the Covid pandemic.#PlayBold #1Team1Fight pic.twitter.com/r0NPBdybAS— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 14, 2021Instead of the flagship "Go Green" campaign jersey, RCB will wear a blue this year. The blue jerseys will also have important health messages engraved on it.Virat Kohli and Mohamed Siraj arrived in the UAE on a chartered flight from Manchester were India played a test series against England. The fifth and last test of the aforementioned series has been canceled after the Covid-19 scare in the Indian camp.The likes of AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell also arrived in the UAE earlier this month to prepare for the rest of the season.Mike Hesson, who has doubled as coach after Simon Katich's withdrawal, has been overseeing the training with the available RCB players in the UAE.RCB will be looking to reach the play-offs for the second successive IPL season. Virat Kohli's men are currently in third place with 5 wins from 7 matches, tied on 10 points with the Chennai Super Kings, who are in second place. Delhi Capitals leads the points table with 12 points from 8 games.Also Read- T20 World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal among big names missing from India's 15-man squad
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) even before they kickstart their campaign in the second leg of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was in the news as their skipper Virat Kohli is all ready to step down from captaincy after the 2021 edition.While the news has certainly gained all the limelight, they will be looking to give their captain a proper farewell as they will take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Abu Dhabi.Royal Challengers Bangalore had the perfect opportunity to lift the IPL trophy this year. The group of foreign players they possess will hand them a big advantage in the UAE leg. Wanindu Hasaranga, who is likely to make his IPL debut in this match, was in a good form for Sri Lanka. RCB are currently placed at the third spot in the standings with 10 points.As for the Kolkata Knight Riders, they will hope to start fresh in the league as they failed to pose any threat in the first half. They are currently second-last in the standings with just two wins and five losses.Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore will face each other in the 31st match of the IPL 2021. Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi will host the contest between the sides.Match Details:Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match 31Venue:Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu DhabiDate & Time:September 20th at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local timeLive Streaming:Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:The surface here at Zayed Cricket Stadium has got good carry and bounce, and the quick bowlers can make most of the conditions. The par score on this wicket is 160-170. Bowling first is an excellent option.KKR vs RCB Probable Playing XIsKolkata Knight RidersNitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Sunil Narine / Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shivam Mavi / Kamalesh Nagarkoti, Lockie Ferguson / Tim Southee, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh KrishnaRoyal Challengers BangaloreVirat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga/Tim David, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra ChahalDream11 Prediction – Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore – Match 31, IPL 2021KKR vs RCB Dream11 Team: Fantasy cricket predictions and tips for Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers BangaloreTop Picks for KKR vs RCB Dream11 Match:Top Picks – BatsmenVirat Kohli is a right-handed batsman from Royal Challengers Bangalore who leads the team. He has achieved 193 runs in this season so far.AB de Villiers is a right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman from Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has hammered 207 runs in this season so far. He stacked 76 runs against KKR in the last head-to-head game.Glenn Maxwell is a right-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler from Royal Challengers Bangalore. He has scored 223 runs in this season so far. He smacked 78 runs against KKR in the last head-to-head match.Nitish Rana is a left-handed batsman and right-arm off-break bowler from Kolkata Knight Riders. He has smashed 201 runs in this season so far. He scored 18 runs against RCB in the last head-to-head game.Andre Russell is a right-handed batsman and right-arm fast bowler from Kolkata Knight Riders. He has smacked 167 runs and picked up 7 wickets in this season so far. He knocked 31 runs against RCB in the last head-to-head match.Shubman Gill is a right-handed batsman from Kolkata Knight Riders. He has piled 132 runs in this season so far.Top Picks – BowlersVarun Chakravarthy doesn’t give any sort of room to the batsmen, while his ability to generate extra bounce from the surface makes him one of the tougher bowlers to face. He is highly deceptive and a must pick player for your fantasy teams.Harshal Patel has an economy of 9.17 in this IPL, it is his wicket-taking knack that makes him the real deal. He is the leading wicket-taker so far, having picked up 17 wickets, with the best figures of 5/27.Top Picks – WicketkeepersAB de Villiers on any day is the saviour number 1 for RCB. He has won plenty of matches single-handedly for his team. In 6 innings in this year’s IPL, de Villiers has scored 207 runs at an average of 51.75 and an excellent strike rate of 164.28.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for KKR vs RCB Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:AB de Villiers (c), Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, Nitish Rana (vc), Wanindu Hasaranga, Andre Russell, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Varun ChakravarthySuggested Playing XI No.2 for KKR vs RCB Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell (c), Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Shahbaz Ahmed, Andre Russell (vc), Prasidh Krishna, Mohammed Siraj, Shivam MaviKKR vs RCB IPL 2021 Match 31 Expert Advice:Glenn Maxwell and Virat Kohli will be among the safe captaincy choices for the small leagues. Shubman Gill and Shahbaz Ahmed are the punt-picks hereKKR vs RCB IPL 2021 Match 31 Probable Winners:Royal Challengers Bangalore won the last head-to-head game against KKR and is expected to win this match as well considering their form in this season.