RCB vs KKR: Live Blog
“This wicket doesn’t have that shine that has been accustomed so far here in Sharjah, it looks quite dark and it means it could play a little bit slower. There was quite a lot more spin in the last game compared to the games that were played before in this venue, it’s just not spin but the seamers will have a role to play, especially if they use their variations. Overall, it’s a good wicket and you need to respect the bowlers. Toss might not prove to be a big factor today” – Kevin Pietersen
Hello and welcome to the live coverage of Match No. 28 of the Indian Premier League 2020 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in Sharjah.
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STATS THAT MATTER
* Virat Kohli’s form has progressively gotten better against KKR. His last six innings against them read 0, 5, 31, 68*, 84 and 100
* Chris Morris has IPL success against two of KKR’s finishers – Karthik & Russell. He has dismissed both of them thrice
* Pat Cummins will eye the Finch scalp at the start of the innings. Cummins has bowled 27 balls to his compatriot this season, giving away just 18 runs
Kolkata Knight Riders will have a lot on their plate when they take on a resurgent Royal Challengers Bangalore in an IPL match tonight with their lethal weapon Sunil Narine blunted by a chucking complaint and fitness clouds hovering over enforcer Andre Russell.
Narine, who have had multiple complaints of suspect action against him, is again in trouble after on-field umpires’ report post KKR’s thrilling two-run win against Kings XI Punjab in which the spinner played a massive role.
However, the first warning (a second one would bar him from bowling) from the IPL authorities is certain to ring alarm bells in the KKR camp as he was supposed to be Dinesh Karthik’s ‘go-to’ man in pressure situations.
The two sides have won four of their six games with KKR ahead of RCB on net run rate but inconsistency in batting has been an issue for both the teams.
KKR are placed third in the standings and the two-time champions will be going all out for a victory at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium after registering two back-to-back wins against Chennai Super Kings and Kings XI Punjab.
Andre Russell, who hurt his knee when he accidentally dived into the advertisement boards after missing a catch on Saturday, could also be a doubtful starter. Skipper Dinesh Karthik did not reveal the extent of the injury after the match against KXIP.
“Whenever Russell gets injured, you know it is hard. He is a very special player, he is a very special person. We need to go and look at him,” he said.
RCB, on the other hand, are coming into the game following a 37-run morale boosting victory against CSK and will fancy their chances.
The biggest positive for RCB is that captain Kohli is slowly hitting the peak with the tournament reaching halfway stage. His unbeaten 90 off 52 balls agaist CSK with gold standard running between wickets will be remembered for years to come.
Young Devdutt Padikkal has been in good touch, but AB de Villiers, who played some exquisite knocks at the beginning of the tournament, has looked off colour in recent outings.