Despite Royal Challengers Bangalore are facing the Kolkata Knight Riders at Eden gardens but they will be no lesser in support from the fans. Like the last the Eden was bisected into two halves when these two teams were playing. Kolkata Knight Riders have lost their both last matches due to losing track of the game at the death overs. Their latest loss was that against Gujrata Lions when Suresh Raina and co. Chased the target rather easily. Royal challengers Bangalore at last got the services of universe boss Chris Gayle and were able to triumph over Gujarat Lions by 21 runs posting a target of 213 runs. Both teams will lock horns against each other, while Royal Challengers are placed down at the bottom, Kolkata Knight Riders are among the two top team.
Last time they played: Chasing a target of 184 runs, Royal Challengers Bangalore won the match rather easily with 9 wickets in hand and 8 balls remaining. Top three batsman of RCB were the top scorer and among runs. Kolkata Knight Riders on the other hand despite putting a show with the bat, were not able to restrict Bangalore and went on to lose the match.
Head to head battle: they have played 19 times against each other including one that in champions league and Kolkata Knight Riders have won 10 out of 19 games while Royal Challengers Bangalore have won the rest 9. In IPL they have played 18 times and the scores are on level with both teams getting 9 wins each.
Royal challengers Bangalore: WLLLW
Kolkata Knight Riders: LWWWL
Kolkata Knight Riders: given the opening onslaught provided by Narine, KKR should open with him again and there might be a shuffle between Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla. Piyush Chawla is more likely to get a game as there are as many as six right handers in RCB line up. Shakib Al Hasan will get a game more despite getting for plenty in the previous outing.
Probable XI: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Surya Kumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Chris woakes, Sunil Narine, Nathan Coulter-nile, Kuldeep Yadav/ Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav.
Royal challengers Bangalore: AB de Villiers and Samuel Badree are both match fit and can get a game in place of Shane Watson or Travis Head. While with Tymal mills fit again there is solid confusion for the pick among Mills, Milne and Stanlake. Madhya Pradesh Batsman Harpreet Singh who was recently included in the RCB squad could get a game in place of Mandeep Singh.
Probable XI: 1 Chris Gayle, 2 Virat Kohli (capt), 3 Travis Head/AB de Villiers, 4 Kedar Jadhav (wk), 5 Mandeep Singh/Harpreet Singh, 6 Stuart Binny, 7 Shane Watson/Samuel Badree, 8 Pawan Negi, 9 Adam Milne/Billy Stanlake/Tymal Mills, 10 S Aravind, 11 Yuzvendra Chahal
Players in the Spotlight:
Sunil Narine: he has the best economy rate against Chris Gayle in Indian premier league and will be keen to perform against him. And he has dismissed the big Jamaican four times. Sunil Narine is now even fruitful at the top of the order in batting which is an added benefit.
Chris Gayle: he loves to score runs at Eden gardens and after M Chinnaswamy, Eden gardens is his favourite scoring ground. And has the second best average also on this ground.
What: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, 23rd April 20:00 IST.
Where: Eden gardens, Kolkata.
What to expect: a warm night with little chances of drizzle. Pitch would favor the fast bowler with swings but later spinners will be handy.
Toss Prediction: Chasing is always on the card here so team winning the toss will choose to bowl first.
Match Prediction: with Chris Gayle back in form and the names which are in RCB squad, chance of Royal Challengers Bangalore winning the game are on higher side.
* A very high six over scores are expected.
* Match odds for the game are 93-94 RCB.