October 09, 2021 1:20 AM
Alex Sarwar

2021 IPL Eliminator – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders taking place? Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals will take place on Monday 11th October, 2021 at 15:00 (UK)

Where is Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders taking place? Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals will take place at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah

What is the expected weather for Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders? 31-35c with clear skies and light winds

Where can I get tickets for Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders? Check each team’s official website for the latest ticket information

What TV channel is Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders on in the UK? Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals will be televised live on Sky Sports

Where can I stream Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders? Sky Sports subscribers can stream Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals live on Sky Go

THE TEAM NEWS

ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore will be boosted heading into this one after edging a thrilling contest against Delhi Capitals which saw them complete a successful chase of 165 off the final ball of the match.
  • Despite many expecting him to be dropped, English bowling all-rounder George Garton maintained his place in the side against Delhi and whilst he bowled at a tight economy, he failed to take a wicket and alternate options such as New Zealand international fast bowler Kyle Jamieson and Sri Lankan international spin-bowler Wanindu Hasaranga are available if required with Dan Christian another who could be left out.

KOLKATA KNIGHT RIDERS

  • Kolkata Knight Riders secured their place in the IPL playoffs courtesy of a thumping 86-run victory over Rajasthan Royals, their fifth victory in this second phase of the competition played in the UAE.
  • Lockie Ferguson returned to action against Rajasthan following injury in place of fellow Kiwi Tim Southee and unless West Indian star Andre Russell is passed fit to play then KKR are expected to name the same team who demolished the Royals so impressively.

THE PREDICTION

Of all the sides in this year’s IPL playoffs, it feels like Kolkata Knight Riders contain the most momentum when taking into account their recent form and performances ever since the tournament’s restart. Whilst captain Eoin Morgan has been short of runs, his leadership skills cannot be called into question and KKR have established themselves as an excellent unit from top to bottom. Royal Challengers Bangalore have proven more inconsistent and aside from the fantastic form of Glenn Maxwell, it has been a struggle for a number of their batters. Morgan’s men are expected to make the most of the pitch at Sharjah once again as they did against Rajasthan and provided that they can dismiss Maxwell for relatively little runs, then Kolkata Knight Riders look like the side set to advance in this eliminator, knocking RCB out of the competition and extending their long wait for Indian Premier League glory.

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