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KKR would like to continue the winning journey, Bangalore will have to improve their bowling


Navi MumbaiAfter starting with a win in the first match, Kolkata Knight Riders will try to consolidate their position in the Indian Premier League match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday. Will do Shreyas Iyer-led KKR beat defending champions Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in their opening match while RCB lost to Punjab Kings by five wickets despite scoring more than 200 runs. had to face.

RCB captain Faf du Plessis is in excellent form. He scored 88 runs in 57 balls in the first match and he will try to maintain his form. Opener Anuj Rawat could not take advantage of a good start and would like to bring consistency in his performance.

After being relieved from the pressure of captaincy, Virat Kohli has indicated a return to form and he will look to play a big innings against Kolkata. If RCB want to register a win, then wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik will also have to play a bang like the previous match.

While KKR’s bowling unit will have to be particularly wary of du Plessis’s six-hitting skills, RCB’s bowlers will also have to forget the shambles against Punjab.

Mohammad Siraj had conceded 59 runs in the last match. They have to improve their game soon. The role of another bowler, Harshal Patel, who is a specialist in the death overs, will also be important. Even Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga’s role in the middle overs will be crucial.

KKR did well in all departments in the first match and they would like to repeat the same. The biggest positive for KKR was Ajinkya Rahane’s return to form. Though all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer managed only 16 runs in the first match, he can destroy any attack. The middle-order consists of skipper Shreyas Iyer, Sam Billings and Sheldon Jackson. has to take responsibility.

In the bowling department, Umesh Yadav played brilliantly in the last match but others including Shivam Mavi, spinners Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine will need to do better. All-rounder Andre Russell’s role with bat and ball can make the difference between the two teams.

The teams are as follows:

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Mohammad Siraj, Faf du Plessis (c), Harshal Patel, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dinesh Karthik, Josh Hazlewood, Shahbaz Ahmed, Anuj Rawat, Akash Deep, Mahipal Lomror, Finn Allen, Sherfane Rutherford, Jason Behrendorff, Suyash Prabhudesai, Chama Milind, Anishwar Gautam, Karn Sharma, David Willey, Lavanith Sisodia, Siddharth Kaul.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Abhijit Tomar, Ajinkya Rahane, Baba Inderjit, Nitish Rana, Pratham Singh, Rinku Singh, Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Ashok Sharma, Pat Cummins, Rasikh Dar, Shivam Mavi, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakraborty, Aman Khan, Andre Russell, Anukul Roy, Chamika Karunaratne, Mohammad Nabi, Ramesh Kumar, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson.

The match will start at 7.30 pm.

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