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Kolkata Knight Riders [KKR] v Royal Challengers Bangalore [RCB]
Indian Premier League
Match #3 – Eden Gardens, Kolkata
08-Apr-18 – 14:30 GMT [20:00 IST]
RCB start the tournament with a visit to Eden Gardens after a poor last season. KKR’s willingness to retain their core players has cost them the balance. They may be weak on paper, but will look for their home advantage to help them.
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Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa(w), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Mitchell Johnson, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhade, Rinku Singh, Shivam Mavi, Cameron Delport, Javon Searles, Tom Curran, Ishank Jaggi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Quinton de Kock(w), Manan Vohra, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Mandeep Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Chris Woakes, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Sarfaraz Khan, Brendon McCullum, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, Kulwant Khejroliya, Aniket Choudhary, Navdeep Saini, Murugan Ashwin, Pawan Negi, Corey Anderson, Aniruddha Joshi, Pavan Deshpande, Tim Southee
Eden Gardens pitch has been known to produce runs in the early part of the tournament. It may be become slower as the tournament progresses.
Historically the teams had issues defending scores against each other. The head to head record of 18 chasing wins in 20 matches tell you something. Also rain is on the cards today. A truncated game with DLS coming into play helps chasing sides.
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Two days from the Eden Gardens’ curtain raiser, there was camaraderie in the air. Both Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore were close to full strength with the only notable absentees in the form of both skippers who had flown out to Mumbai for the trophy unveiling formalities.
Just as both units were easing through their drills on Friday (April 6), partners in crime for most of the year – Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav – took time out to gather in front of the Dr. B.C. Roy Clubhouse and engage in a chat.
Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme and Umesh Yadav were all local boys in Kolkata last year, and the recent switch to RCB didn’t come in the way of a joyous reunion with the old KKR boys. But that jolly mood, of course, is only till they cross over and get onto the field.
There are challenges aplenty, especially for the hosts Knight Riders. With Gautam Gambhir at helm, the franchise didn’t just arrest a three-year landslide but bagged a couple of IPL titles too, in 2012 and 2014. Off the field, the team also managed to overcome the undeniable Sourav Ganguly hangover that prevailed in the city. And now, come the eleventh edition, KKR have undergone a sea of changes. Although they retained as many as five of their linchpins who are definite starters, the move to part ways with Gambhir was a significant move.
Dinesh Karthik, all of a sudden, finds himself filling in the big boots of Kolkata’s adopted son – Gambhir – from the last seven years. There will be no dearth of love for him though, for the City of Joy must have rejoiced the timely announcement of Karthik’s second arrival during the match-winning knock in the Nidahas Trophy final. The keeper-batsman showed a great sense of calm under pressure in Colombo, an aspect of his game he’d be eager to bring to the fore in KKR colours.
The other challenge for KKR will be to keep their first eleven on the park for as long as possible, given the injury frailties attached with a few of their top guns. Chris Lynn’s troubled shoulder and Andre Russell’s rustiness born out of a year-long suspension will be a key determinant in driving the team’s fortunes forward. So will be Sunil Narine’s bowling action that had been reported as illegal by the match officials during the recently concluded Pakistan Super League.
That aside, how the franchise utilise the promising youngsters at their disposal will also be vital. KKR snapped up three players from India’s Under19 World Cup-winning campaign, and it remains to be seen how the trio fit into the final XI.
RCB, this season, wear their most balanced look, with a lot of thought having gone into compiling its bowling unit. Woakes won’t mind starting on a pitch he has had success on. He was one of the chief wreckers of RCB – his new franchise – when they last played at the Eden Gardens and folded for just 49. Umesh too will be aware of the conditions.
RCB’s spin unit is well armed too, with Chahal, an in-form Washington Sundar and Pawan Negi – who bagged 16 wickets last season – donning the spinners’ roles. Batting, too, is in good hands, with Kohli, AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum expected to lead from the front. There are a few scores to settle for Kohli’s boys, and the intensity with which he practised on the match eve, just before rains came lashing down, was indicative of what lies ahead.
What: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
When: April 8, 2018, Eden Gardens, Kolkata,8:00 PM IST
What to expect: Untimely thundershowers ensured there was little practice ahead of Sunday’s clash, and with a forecast for 80 per cent showers on the match day, there’s a high risk of the match being curtailed. Kolkata’s tryst with inclement weather is not a memorable one, with a T20I between India and South Africa having been called off after just a 30-minute shower, in 2015. However, under Ganguly’s leadership, the Eden outfield has been overhauled but a truncated game might not be the best of starts for the KKR loyalists.
KKR have a slight edge over RCB with 11 wins under their belt in comparison to nine wins for the latter. Last season, KKR had won both the home and away fixtures.
Kolkata Knight Riders: The hosts have done well to keep their strategy under covers, especially the one pertaining to Sunil Narine’s batting position. Whether or not, that element holds any surprise or value, will be a gamble worth watching. That, in more ways than one, should define Shubman Gill’s position in the eleven.
Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Mitchell Johnson, R Vinay Kumar/Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Kohli was chuffed with his squad’s balance coming into this season and also claimed that his bowling unit will take everyone by surprise, given their batting had been the talking point in the past so many years.
Probable XI: Parthiv Patel (wk), Brendon McCullum, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Chris Woakes, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav
Did you know?
– AB de Villiers vs Piyush Chawla: Chawla has dismissed de Villiers four times – the joint-most he has gotten out to any bowler. Since 2013, Chawla has got de Villiers out twice in 14 balls.
– Narine vs Kohli: Kohli has scored only 52 runs off 51 balls from Narine since 2013 – the strike-rate of 101.96 is the lowest for Kohli against a bowler in IPL (30+balls). He has crossed 50 only once in seven innings at the Eden Gardens.
What they said:
“I think as a captain, I will be looking to stay as calm as I can. Lot of times I am sure I will be put under the pump and I have to be able to react in a calm manner without getting too emotional about it. That’s a good takeaway for me from that game [Nidahas Trophy, Final]. It gives me a lot of confidence in my batting skills. It’s important that I keep using that as an experience where I can propel to do better things in the future.” Dinesh Karthik, Captain, Kolkata Knight Riders.
“It’s not RCB’s batting versus KKR’s bowling. Our team is very balanced. You will be surprised to see our bowling dominating in this IPL. It will be a pleasant surprise for everyone to see RCB’s bowling coming along nicely this season, and not just relying on batting.” Virat Kohli, Captain, Royal Challengers Bangalore
When Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore walk out on Sunday, both sides will be conspicuously lacking a familiar left-handed opener. Royal Challengers let go of Chris Gayle, perhaps their biggest match-winner ever, ahead of the January auction, and Knight Riders did the same with Gautam Gambhir, their captain for seven seasons in which they won two titles.
If these events show us anything, it’s how unpredictable this league, and by extension the format, can be. Just in 2016, Virat Kohli, the Royal Challengers captain, called out Sarfaraz Khan for his fielding and fitness. And yet, he was one of three players retained, alongside AB de Villiers and Kohli himself. This is a slightly different RCB line-up. After falling flat in 2017, when they finished last, they seem to have made amends with smart buys aimed at remedying their over-reliance on the top order. They will also be served well by domestic talents who have successfully transitioned to international cricket, such as Yuzvendra Chahal.
Knight Riders have endured three seasons without a trophy, and have sought to address that by appointing a new captain in Dinesh Karthik, who is in the middle of a late career renaissance of sorts. Karthik, who has a wealth of leadership experience in domestic cricket, recently earned a recall to the Indian side and responded by playing probably the defining innings of his career: all signs of a man high on confidence and at peace with his game. Not a bad way to start.
In the news
Mitchell Starc has been ruled out of the tournament with a tibial bone stress fracture in his right leg, and the Knight Riders coach Jacques Kallis has pinned his faith on Tom Curran, the bowling allrounder from England, to fill in ably. There were also doubts surrounding Chris Lynn and Andre Russell, who pulled out of the PSL due to injuries, and Sunil Narine, who was reported for a suspect action in the same tournament. But the Knight Riders management has assured fans that all three will be available for the opener.
Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was Knight Riders’ second-highest wicket-taker last season, will miss the opportunity of taking on his former franchise. As he has continues to recover from a back stress fracture, Coulter-Nile has been withdrawn from the Royal Challengers squad and replaced by Corey Anderson.
The likely XIs
Kolkata Knight Riders: 1 Chris Lynn, 2 Shubman Gill, 3 Robin Uthappa, 4 Dinesh Karthik (capt, wk), 5 Nitish Rana, 6 Andre Russell, 7 Piyush Chawla, 8 Sunil Narine, 9 Tom Curran, 10 Kuldeep Yadav, 11 Shivam Mavi/Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 1 Brendon McCullum/Quinton de Kock, 2 Parthiv Patel (wk), 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 AB de Villiers, 5 Sarfaraz Khan, 6 Colin de Grandhomme, 7 Washington Sundar, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Umesh Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Navdeep Saini
Dinesh Karthik would do well to unleash Piyush Chawla at the Royal Challengers line-up. De Villiers has an appalling record against the legspinner in IPL: 43 runs in eight innings at a strike rate of 97.7, while being dismissed four times. McCullum fares even worse, averaging 8.00 and striking at 80 while also being dismissed four times in eight innings. That’s two of the opposition’s most dangerous batsmen.
Stats that matter
- Sixteen out of 26 matches at the Eden Gardens in T20Is and IPL since 2015 have been won by the chasing team: a strong case for bowling first.
- Sunil Narine has increasingly proven his utility as a batsman in recent years. His effectiveness shoots up significantly when he’s facing spin. Since IPL 2015, Narine has averaged 17.2 against pace and struck at 145.8. Against spin, the corresponding numbers are 29.5 and 226.9.
- Both teams are relatively evenly matched at the Eden Gardens. In their five most recent meetings at this venue, Knight Riders hold a marginal 3-2 edge. However, Knight Riders have won all their three matches batting first, while RCB have chased down totals for both their victories.
- While Dinesh Karthik is solid in the middle overs and a blazing finisher, he has trouble getting going in the Powerplay. Since the 2015 IPL, Karthik has batted 16 times in the first six overs and faced 63 deliveries for a strike rate of 92.1.
- If Knight Riders win on Sunday, they will tie Chennai Super Kings for 41 home victories – the second-highest among all IPL teams.
- First, the obvious choices: Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. You’d have to be brave and perhaps foolish to leave either out.
- Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are coming off a bumper limited-overs tour of South Africa. They took 33 wickets between them in six matches and averaged 13.88 and 16.37 respectively. Royal Challengers struggled at the death in the last IPL, losing an average of three wickets per innings in the last five overs, and scoring at just 8.64 per over. Kuldeep was the most successful spinner at the death last year, taking seven wickets and conceding a boundary once every 6.67 deliveries.
“Unfortunately Starc got injured but we have got a replacement in [Tom] Curran. We look forward to some exciting stuff from Tom who should stand up and play a big role in the absence of Mitchell.”
Knight Riders coach Jacques Kallis has high hopes from the young England quick