Misfiring Kolkata seek batting revival | PunterPolls Prediction
It's the start of the second week of the tournament and defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders' engine is yet to fire properly. They are now in Bangalore, facing the Royal Challengers, who despite their Super Over loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad have already started to rev up their machinery with last night's win in the rematch.
Knight Riders have a strong and vibrant bowling attack. Brett Lee has been generating pace, Rajat Bhatia has been difficult to go after and Sunil Narine is back at being mysterious after a comparatively not-so-productive time in international cricket. But it is their batting which has appeared off colour, with only Eoin Morgan managing a half-century. Manvinder Bisla, the hero of the final last year, has been consumed twice by his own aggression, while Jacques Kallis, Manoj Tiwary and Yusuf Pathan are yet to show any intent. Gautam Gambhir has had starts, but as he often reiterates, the team needs to fire collectively.
However, they have received a boost ahead of this game. Brendon McCullum, who kicked off the IPL in 2008 with a blazing 158 (still the highest score in IPL cricket), is available for selection.* The New Zealand captain had to postpone his trip, having to wait to recover completely from the hamstring injury he picked during the home series against England last month. He joined the Knight Riders camp on Wednesday.
Royal Challengers Bangalore's batting has an intimidating aura around it. It has also been bolstered with the addition of AB de Villiers and their bowling attack, despite the seesawing fortunes of Vinay Kumar, has shown incisiveness. However, their bottom half of the batting order appears thin, at least on paper, and will be tested if their top falters against Narine and Co.
Welcome punters, here comes another double header. RCB is in good shape, KKR is struggling a bit but not a bad team at all. Banglore pitch is full of runs with very fast outfield and small ground. Our experts believe that this should be another high scoring (150+) game and chasing less than 180 shouldn't be that difficult.
Players that can change the game are Chris Gayle and AB De Villers from RCB, Sunil Narine and Kallis from KKR.
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Match 12: RCB v KKR, 11 April
- Kolkata Knight Riders (45% Votes)
- Royal Challengers Bangalore (55% Votes)