Royal Challengers Bangalore have not won against Kolkata Knight Riders since 2016. (Image credit: Twitter)
On a losing streak in the last four matches, Royal Challengers Bengalore are expected to ring in changes and experiment in search of their first win when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in an IPL match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on Friday. RCB's performance this IPL has been disappointing, both with the bat and ball, and a dejected captain Virat Kohli has conceded that his struggling team is yet to get the right balance but will continue experimenting with its combinations. They lost their last game by seven wickets against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur and now they will be up against a balanced KKR side, who have won two matches out of three they have played so far. Last time, the RCB beat KKR was in May 2016 at Eden Gardens and they have suffered defeats in their last three encounters against the Kolkata-based side at Chinnaswamy Stadium here. Batting collapse is the biggest worrying factor for RCB and to made matters worse captain Kohli's form has not been up to the mark by his high standards. He has managed a below 20 average in four games. Parthiv Patel and AB de Villiers are the only batsmen who have above 20 average. In their first match against Chennai Super Kings, RCB were bowled out for a paltry 70 in 17.1 overs after their top-order crumbled before the bowling of Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir.
Against Sunrisers Hyderabad, the RCB bowlers allowed SRH to post a mammoth 232 with centuries from Jonny Bairstow and David Warner. RCB then collapsed to an embarrassing 35 for 6 in the eighth over, with Kohli and de Villiers contributing just four runs between them. In the end, they were skittled out for 113 to lose the match by a massive 118 runs. Against Rajasthan Royals too, RCB top order failed, except Parthiv who scored a half century. The RCB think-tank would be hoping that their top order batsmen come out with flying colours on Friday against KKR.
When and where to watch IPL 2019 RCB vs KKR match?
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 will be broadcast live on Star Sports in eight languages, including Hindi and English. The RCB vs KKR match will also be live streamed at Hotstar. The match will start at 8 pm on Monday at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Kolkata Knight Riders (From): Nikhil Naik, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney, Yarra Prithviraj, KC Cariappa
Royal Challengers Bangalore (From): Parthiv Patel(w), Shimron Hetmyer, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Prayas Barman, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Tim Southee, Devdutt Padikkal, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Milind Kumar, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Akshdeep Nath, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya