The first half of the tournament is almost complete and all the teams have already got into the race to reach the playoffs. Match 28 pits Kolkata Knight Riders against Royal Challengers Bangalore at the high-scoring Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday.Both teams sit pretty in the top half of the table with four wins in six games. On the one hand, we have the Kolkata Knight Riders, who have picked up steam after a slow start to the competition. RCB wouldn’t be too fond of their IPL record against KKR which reads 15-10 against them. Either side won a game each last season in the IPL, in fixtures that saw Andre Russell star with the bat in hand. If their encounters in IPL 2019 are any indication of things to come on Monday, we should be in for another high-scoring thriller considering the venue as well. With the likes of Virat Kohli and Shubman Gill taking the field, we should be in for an absolute treat.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 28
12th October 2020, at 7:30 PM IST
Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
What To Expect:
Another high-scoring encounter beckons in Sharjah with the average first innings score in IPL 2020 at the venue being 212. Although the pacers have enjoyed some success at this venue, the batsmen have ruled the roost with the dimensions of the ground playing into their hands. However, the spinners varied their pace to perfection last time around at Sharjah, which could be a template for the likes of Chahal and Narine on this surface. Both captains would ideally look to chase on this surface with the conditions not likely to change much during the game.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
KKR’S won their last 2 matches despite not being at their best. They come into this game on the back of two sensational wins, including an absolute heist against KXIP on Saturday, which should give them a lot of confidence heading into this match. They shouldn’t make any changes to their playing XI unless an injury.
KKR Predicted Playing XI:
Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C&WK), Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Varun Chakravarthy.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
RCB have also done exceedingly well this season with the additions of Chris Morris and Devdutt Padikkal reaping the rewards so far. Their bowling unit that has been the centre of criticism for the last few seasons has also performed admirably with Chahal leading the way. With the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers also looking in fine form, they would ideally fancy their chances of a second consecutive win at Sharjah.
RCB Predicted Playing XI:
Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (WK), Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh, Chris Morris, Washington Sundar, Navdeep Saini, Isuru Udana and Yuzvendra Chahal