IPL 2021, Match 31, KKR vs RCB: KKR will lock horns with RCB in match 31 of the IPL 2021 on Monday, September 20 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The two teams lie at the opposite ends of the Points Table. RCB by winning five out of seven matches being played occupies the third spot in the IPL 2021 Points Table. RCB was last seen in action in a 34-run defeat to the Punjab Kings before the IPL 2021 got postponed due to rising COVID-19 cases.
Almost five players of the RCB squad have pulled out of the IPL 2021 second phase due to injury or withdrawal due to personal reasons. However, the withdrawals didn’t affect the team as the management has signed quality replacements for them.
Washington Sundar, Daniel Sams, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, and Finn Allen will miss out. They’ll be replaced by Akash Deep, Dushmantha Chameera, Wanindu Hasaranga, George Garton, and Tim David, respectively.
Getting a bunch of some quality players like George Garton, Wanindu Hasaranga and Tim David for the second leg of the IPL 2021 could prove to be a boon for the RCB squad. RCB would also be sporting a blue jersey in today’s clash against KKR to pay a tribute to the frontline workers in the battle against COVID-19.
RCB has also announced that for every boundary that the players hit & for each wicket they will scalp against KKR in their opening clash, RCB’s title sponsors will be donating money to help the frontline warriors.
Earlier on Sunday, Virat Kohli announced that he will step down as RCB captain after the end of the IPL 2021.
On the other hand, KKR is languishing in seventh place in the IPL 2021 Points Table by winning just two matches from seven games being played. KKR struggled to create a mark in the first half of the IPL 2021 due to fragile batting order. However, the KKR squad will bounce back & aim to turn around their fortunes in the second leg of the IPL 2021. They last came into a face-off with DC where the KKR squad suffered a massive seven wickets defeat to the Delhi capitals.
What comes as a major blow for the KKR squad is the unavailability of their star pacer Pat Cummins in the UAE leg of the IPL 2021. The franchise has signed Tim Southee as his replacement. KKR will hope that their key players stars display a good show with both the bat & the ball in the UAE leg of the IPL & guide the team to the playoffs of the IPL 2021.
With both the teams eyeing a victory in their season-opening clash the fans can expect a cracking contest between KKR & RCB on the grounds of Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Monday.
IPL 2021, Match 31, KKR vs RCB: Match Details
Date: September 20, 2021 (Monday)
Time: 7:30 PM IST
Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
The weather would be hot with the temperature ranging around 34 degrees Celsius.
The wicket at the Sheikh Zayed stadium traditionally has favored the teams bowling first. It should be a good wicket to bat on, with a score of around 170 being par. You can expect an even contest between bat & ball on this pitch.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Shakib Al Hasan/Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Kamlesh Nagarkoti/ Shivam Mavi, and Prasidh Krishna.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), Rajat Patidar, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (WK), Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmed, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, and Yuzvendra Chahal.
IPL 2021: KKR vs RCB Match Prediction
RCB looks more strong than KKR on papers. By considering RCB’s performances & recent form it seems that the Bangalore-based franchise would have an edge over KKR which has struggled to perform well & create a mark in the first phase of the IPL 2021.
Prediction: RCB to win.
IPL 2021: KKR vs RCB – TV and Live Streaming Details
TV: Star Sports Network.
Live Streaming: Disney+ Hotstar VIP.
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