RCB has won last 5 out of 7 encounters again KKR which puts them ahead in psychological contest.
Andre Russell can make a huge impact considering his hitting ability and impact that he makes.
RCB batting lineup looked balanced with Faf , Kohli and Maxwell in the department .
The Bengaluru and Kolkata teams have taken each other on 30 occasions in the IPL history. Out of these 30 matches, Bengaluru has won 14 while Kolkata has emerged victorious on 16 occasions.This might turn out to be the season the entire RCB fans section was looking for. The first match they played provided a glimpse of this with their opening batters Virat Kohli and Faf du Plessis bringing a lot of joy to the Chinnaswamy Stadium as they chased a target of 172 runs against the Mumbai outfit.The RCB middle order will be in the hands of players such as Shabaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik, and Michael Bracewell. They will miss the services of Reece Topley though who has a dislocated shoulder. He picked up this injury in the first match of the season. This injury can lead to David Willey coming back into the side. Siraj khan and Karn sharma were economical in the previous outing.
Things for KKR are getting worse by the day as they are being marred by injuries more and more. One of their top batters Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the IPL this season and now Shakib Al Hasan has pulled out. Jason Roy is likely to come as an overseas replacement.T hey have decided to play Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Mandeep Singh as their openers in place of Venkatesh Iyer. The KKR middle order will be in the hands of Venkatesh Iyer, skipper Nitish Rana, and Andre Russell. These are dangerous batters and will be the players to watch out for this season. Sunil Narine would be the lead spinner for the side along with Varun chakraborty. Tim Southee and Umesh Yadav has the knack of picking up wickets earlier and KKR would love that.
PITCH AND CONDITIONS
The weather during this game will be clear. Temperatures are expected to vary between 25 degrees and 37 degrees. The wicket on offer at the Eden Gardens ground is a batting-friendly one. The ball will come onto the bat nicely and you can expect even bounce from the track. Average first batting score on this venue is 175+.
KKR VS RCB TOSS PREDICTION
In the 12 T20 international games played at the Eden Gardens, the side batting second has won seven matches while the side batting first has won 5 games. Team would like to bat second on this track considering dew factor.
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