RCB have not won IPL yet. At the same time, KKR has won the title twice.
Royal Challengers Bangalore in the quest for their maiden title when they face former champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator of IPL 2021, Virat Kohli’s strategic skills and Eoin Morgan (Eoin Morgan) There will also be a severe test of patience. RCB reached the final in 2016 under Kohli, who had decided to step down from the captaincy after this season. Apart from this, under his leadership, the team reached the playoffs in 2015 and 2020 as well and now Kohli would like to take a grand farewell from the captaincy with the title. Morgan faces the challenge of regaining KKR’s lost reputation. The team won the title twice under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir in three years between 2012 and 2014.
On paper, it is a match between two teams that are equally strong but KKR have a slight edge in terms of numbers. He has won 15 out of 28 matches played between the two teams. However, the RCB team is full of confidence after registering a last-ball six victory against Delhi Capitals in their last league match. She finished third in the points table with 18 wins in 14 matches. KKR, on the other hand, won five out of seven matches in the UAE leg after a poor performance in the first leg and finished fourth with 14 points. Morgan’s team secured a place in the playoffs with a massive 86-run win against Rajasthan Royals and will look to maintain their momentum going forward.
RCB’s strength is the middle order
But the past records on the field will not matter much and the team that performs well at crucial times in the match will register a win. Both Kohli and Morgan know this very well. Both the captains have good skilled players. Apart from Kohli, RCB has strong batsmen in the form of AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell and Devdutt Padikkal. Sreekar Bharat’s good performance is a positive sign for the team but the team needs to find the right combination in which it has failed so far. Wicket-keeper batsman Bharat scored an unbeaten 78 off 52 balls in the last match of RCB and hit the winning six off the last ball. However, Maxwell has played an important role for RCB. This Australian batsman has scored 498 runs in this season. However, Kohli needs to play a big innings.
There is a tough competition in bowling
Harshal Patel has given a sensational performance in bowling. He took 30 wickets in 14 matches including a hat-trick against Mumbai Indians. Mohammad Siraj and George Garten have been impressive while Yuzvendra Chahal has given a befitting reply to his critics with 16 wickets. The bowlers have also played a good role from KKR’s side. Lockie Ferguson and Shivam Mavi have returned to form at the right time while spinners Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan have been impressive.
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana have done well with the bat and it remains to be seen how they face Patel and Chahal on the slow pace of Sharjah. Captain Morgan’s poor form is a matter of concern for the team.
Teams are as follows
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), Navdeep Saini, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Rajat Patidar, Dushmantha Chamira, Pawan Deshpande, Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Baby, Vanindu Hasranga, George Garten, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal , Kyle Jamieson, Suyash Prabhudesai, KS Bharat, Tim David, Akash Deep, AB de Villiers.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Ouen Morgan (Captain), Dinesh Karthik, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Karun Nair, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pawan Negi, M Pranand Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell, Ben Cutting, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert.
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