The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will go up against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Match 30 of IPL 2021 tonight at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Both teams are coming off comprehensive defeats at the hands of Delhi Capitals (DC) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) respectively. RCB have five wins out of seven at the halfway stage and have played some quality cricket, despite faltering in two games against CSK and PBKS, which dented their Net Run Rate. KKR meanwhile have just two wins out of seven this season.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana/ Karun Nair, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson / Shakib Al Hasan, Varun Chakravarthy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti/ Harbhajan Singh, and Prasidh Krishna.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), Shahbaz Ahmed/ Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (WK), Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
AB de Villiers averages 15.33 against Narine. Out of everyone he has faced in the IPL (minimum 30 balls) only four others take his wicket for fewer runs. All of them are spinners.
The Royal Challengers have the fastest-scoring opening partnership of this IPL. Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal have been ticking along at a run rate of 9.66 this season. And given they average 55.83 as well, they invariably offer their middle-order superstars a very solid platform to launch from. Knight Riders must be a bit envious.
HEAD-TO-HEAD RECORD: (28 MATCHES - KKR 15 | RCB 13)
Kolkata has faced off against Bangalore 28 times in the IPL since 2008, holding a 15-13 win-loss advantage in the process.
BREAKING: Tonight’s #RCBvsKKR game has been postponed after a couple of KKR players tested positive.
It is understood that two players of the KKR contingent, Varun Chakravarthy and Sandeep Warrier, have tested positive for Covid-19.
“The IPL SOPs say if any member of the team is infected the rest of the group needs to isolate for seven days. So we have informed the IPL on Monday,” Viswanathan, CSK CEO said.
Today’s Mumbai vs Sunrisers to go ahead
Today’s match between Mumbai and the Sunrisers Hyderabad is set to run as per schedule. There were questions whether the match should go ahead for two primary reasons. First, Mumbai had played the Super Kings on Saturday with Balaji in the dugout. Although all members of the Mumbai franchise were subsequently tested, there was lingering concern whether they, too, should have isolated.
The second reason was some members of the ground staff at the Arun Jaitley Stadium had tested positive. The Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) president Rohan Jaitley confirmed there was no positive case among the group of staff members that had been present over last weekend’s matches. Mumbai and the Sunrisers did not train at the venue on Monday.
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