Match 39 will see a clash between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Abu Dhabi. KKR are currently fourth on the points table while RCB are on the third. KKR are two-time champions, while RCB are still in the hunt for their maiden title.
It's been more than a month to the commencement of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and has sailed through well till now. As per schedule, Match 39 will see a clash of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Abu Dhabi. The match will see a fight between the third and the fourth position holders of the points table.
With nine matches played in the tournament, both KKR and RCB have tried their playing combinations at the start. Both the teams are pretty balanced with their playing XI so far.
The teams have clashed 25 times with each other, where KKR have won 14 times while RCB have won on 11 occasions.
The young guns of these teams have been in good form this season. The last matches are important for both the teams, as it will decide the fate of who qualify for the playoffs. In their previous clash this season, RCB had won by a whopping margin of 82 runs.
Weather and pitch report
The temperature in Abu Dhabi will be around 34 degrees. As the pitch gets slow towards the second innings, the team winning the toss will like to bat first. Any score around 170 will be quite competitive.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Shivam Mavi, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB): Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers (wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Shahbaz Ahmed, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Dream 11 Players
Batsmen: Devdutt Padikkal, Rahul Tripathi, Virat Kohli (c), Eoin Morgan- Padikkal and Tripathi can get the team off to a good start. Kohli can consolidate in the middle and Morgan can play as per the situation. Kohli escalating form makes him the captain.
Wicketkeeper: AB de Villiers (vc)- The wicketkeeper-batsman is a power hitter with the bat and can contribute in almost all situations. His ongoing purple patch makes him the vice-captain.
All-rounders: Chris Morris, Andre Russell- The all-rounders have a way with both the bat and the ball. They can scalp wickets and smash the runs as and when the situation demands.
Bowlers: Yuzvendra Chahal, Lockie Ferguson, Navdeep Saini, Shivam Mavi- The bowling consisting of spinner Chahal, and Ferguson, Saini and Mavi as pacers, they can restrict the opposition to a reasonably low score.
Players to look out for
Dinesh Karthik: The former KKR captain didn’t have an up to the mark tournament with the bat. He has been able to sustain himself just based on his wicketkeeping skills, as he would look to fire with the bat.
Andre Russell: The powerful hitter has been unable to put up an innings for which he is known for. Though he has done quite impressive bowling for the franchisee, as fans would love him to fire with the bat.
Last Updated 20, Oct 2020, 11:28 PM