Match 49 of Pepsi IPL 2014 will feature the Kolkata Knight Riders clashing with the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
This is a huge contest, given how the teams have stacked up in the standings at this point. KKR have an edge over their opponents, for who it is a do-or-die affair. KKR have 14 points from 12 matches and need one more to win to seal the third Playoffs slot. Gautam Gambhir’s team is on a roll, having won five matches on the bounce.
RCB’s defeat to the Sunrisers Hyderabad has made things difficult for the team from Garden City. The way the table has taken shape, there is a possibility of one of five teams progressing to the Playoffs on 14 points, and for RCB, who have 10 points from 12 matches, to stay in the race, they have to win both their remaining fixtures and hope other results will help their cause too.
What our expert think about the game? Read on...
KKR would like to win this game to proceed an inch closer to the play-offs whereas RCB would like to keep in hunt by winning the game. Kolkata won their last six matches in style, though most of because of their luck favoured them a lot. Whereas RCB has played rubbish cricket at most of their appearances in this season, some of the games they lost are the good enough reasons they are at a stage right now.
If one has to think logically, KKR last six wins are not because of their superb performances but because of some very poor play by teams against them. As far as RCB is concern, initially their batsmen didn't do good and now their bowlers are struggling. Though we have seen some good performances on an off.
But keeping prediction on the basis of only and only cricket at this stage is not a good idea. We are thinking how this tournament can be more interested and to follow the trend and the ON/OFF performances by the teams our experts have decided to go with Banglore today.
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49th match - Kolkata Knight Riders v Royal Challengers Bangalore, May 22, 2014
- Royal Challengers Bangalore (50% Votes)
- Kolkata Knight Riders (50% Votes)