Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) is likely to rest both Sunil Narine & Andre Russell for today’s match against Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2020. Both, RCB and KKR have won 4 of their first 6 matches and would look to further consolidate their position with a victory.
Royal Challengers Bangalore The biggest positive for RCB is the return to top form of Virat Kohli. He scored more than half of his team’s runs (90 off 52 deliveries) against CSK in Dubai. RCB would be hoping for a big score from Aaron Finch and AB de Villiers – both have failed in the last couple of matches.
Chris Morris was the star with the ball against CSK – RCB would hope he can continue from where he left in Dubai. Although Yuzvendra Chahal is the more famous name in the XI and has been their leading wicket-taker in IPL 2020, it is the off-spinner, Washington Sundar, who has been their unsung hero and the most restrictive with an economy rate of 4.88.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Will Andre Russell get fit for the match ?
KKR have won their last two matches and will be confident of making it three in a row. Shubman Gill will remain the pivot at the top of the order – he is their highest run-scorer this season with 220 runs in 6 matches. He plays the role of the accumulator as his strike rate of 117.02 indicates.
Kolkata Knight Riders have had a crack at Sharjah and even come into the clash with an identical 4-2 record they had at this point last season, a measure of consistency.
The biggest headache for KKR currently is controversy surrounding Sunil Narine’s action and Andre Russell’s creaking knee. The pair has been central to KKR’s tweaked death-overs strategy.
Will Narine be rested ?
Chris Green is an almost like-for-like bowling replacement option for Narine, if the Trinidadian is rested following the latest flux around his action. Green himself has undergone remedial work to fix his action recently but brings PowerPlay bowling smarts with him.
Will Russell be fit for the match ? Has he completely recovered ?
KKR is yet to come out with statement on the same. If the 48-hour turnaround is too little for Russell to shrug off his leg injury, the exciting Tom Banton too could be drafted in KKR squad.
WHAT: IPL 2020, Match 28
WHEN: October 12, 7:30PM IST
TELECAST: Star Sports Network
LIVE STREAMING: Disney + Hotstar
Live Score : InsideSport.co
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) – Devdutt Padikkal, Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Gurkeerat Singh, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Chris Morris, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini