Notably, IPL 2020 has been a disappointing one for the big-hitting Russell. After smashing the bowlers all over the park in the previous two seasons, a lot was expected from the Caribbean this season but he hasn’t lived up to the expectations.
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The West Indies all-rounder hasn’t been at his usual best as he has struggled to perform with the bat as his scores in the IPL 13 till now read, 11(11), 24(14), 13(8), 2(4), 5(3), 16(10), 12(9) and 9(11).
Also, the problems have compounded for KKR as Russell has also struggled with injuries.
Meanwhile, KKR, who won the toss and opted to bat first against RCB, also dropped Shivam Mavi and they included Tom Banton and Prasidh Krishna in the squad.
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Shubman Gill, Tom Banton, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan(c), Dinesh Karthik(w), Rahul Tripathi, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers(w), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal