Till the time you are not in the playoffs, you are not in the playoffs, these are the words of Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir. Placed at the third position, Kolkata Knight Riders are just a few steps away from making it to the playoffs. Kolkata Knight Riders have inched back a little from the top two position and a win over RCB will make their way a little easier. Royal challengers Bangalore are completely out of form and at this juncture any team would love to face them. Kolkata Knight Riders would be pleased to witness how Kings XI Punjab bowlers dented the RCB batsman on previous match at Chinnaswamy. While Bangalore is facing difficulty in getting a win or probably getting a respectable loss, it would not be easier than this to gain some points against them. Kolkata Knight Riders would be aware that making to the top two makes the road to trophy a lot more easier and their aim must be getting the spots.
Last time they played: Kolkata Knight Riders murdered the batting line up of Royal Challengers Bangalore when they were against each other at Eden gardens previously in this season. RCB clinched to the lowest of total and accumulated just 49 runs on the board. Kolkata Knight Riders posted a total of just 131 runs which was probably far more to get a win over Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Head to head battle: before the start of this season, head to head battle between these two teams were on equal before Kolkata Knight Riders gained a bonus in this season. Now they have played a total of 19 games against each other and KKR have been on the winning side for 10 games while rest nine times Royal Challengers Bangalore have been the winner.
Royal challengers Bangalore: LLLLD
Kolkata Knight Riders: LLWWW
Royal challengers Bangalore: if RCB are bound to release Chris Gayle after this season than it would be his final match at Chinnaswamy in RCB jersey. So for providing him a fitting farewell he can be included in the team. Shane Watson was poor with both bat and ball in his previous outing as well and can be replaced by either Pawan Negi or any one of the seamer Billy Stanlake or Adam Milne. Bangalore can make even more changes and could try their bench strength.
Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Kedar Jadhav, Travis Head/Shane Watson/Adam Milne, Mandeep Singh, Pawan Negi, Aniket Chaudhary, S Arvind, Samuel Badree, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Kolkata Knight Riders: if Robin Uthappa is completely fit he will be surely be backed in the team. And if he is only fit to bat then Sheldon Jackson could be only kept to keep the wickets. Chris Lynn had a long practice session a day before and could be included in the playing XI. This will mean that a force exclusion of Nathan Coulter-Nile or Colin de grandhomme will take place. The pitch conditions suits Piyush Chawla and he can be included in place of Yusuf Pathan as Surya Kumar Yadav was better in the last match.
Probable XI: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Colin de grandhomme, Sheldon Jackson, Yusuf Pathan/Surya Kumar Yadav, Sunil Narine, Nathan Coulter-Nile/Chris Lynn, Umesh Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla.
Players in the Spotlight:
Pawan Negi: Apart from Pawan Negi no other player from Royal Challengers Bangalore looked in good touch from last few games. The pitch of Chinnaswamy suits him and RCB would love if he wins a match for them.
What: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, 7th May 16:00 IST.
Where: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
What to expect: pitch will suit bowlers and late evening shower can be expected which means D/L method can come into play.
Toss Prediction: Pitch will suits bowlers at the start of the innings. Hence, team winning the toss would choose to bowl first.
Match prediction: Royal Challengers Bangalore have looked sloppy in whole tournament where as Kolkata Knight Riders have looked determined and disciplined. Kolkata Knight Riders looks the better team to win unless Royal Challengers Bangalore show some fight.
* A low scoring match can be seen, hence smaller session should be choosed.
* Match odds for the game are 88-89 KKR.