Dream XI Team KKR vs RCB IPL 2019 – Cricket Predictions Tips For Todays IPL Match Kolkata vs Bangalore at Eden Gardens Stadium, Kolkata: Rejuvenated by a World Cup call-up, Dinesh Karthik would be eager to impress India captain Virat Kohli and also arrest the Kolkata Knight Riders’ three-game losing streak, when they lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore in an Indian Premier League clash here on Friday. Toss will take place in 10 minutes. Another question that all fans would like to know is the Andre Russell situation; will he play or be rested. KKR has won the toss and opts to bowl first. Karthik would like defending as KKR has lost the last two games batting first. Meanwhile, AB de Villiers is not playing and Dale Steyn is in the playing XI.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Heinrich Klaasen, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Andre Russell, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney
It won’t be easy for KKR with Andre Russell doubtful for the RCB game after injuring his left shoulder during practice at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.
Russell, who is KKR’s leading run-getter and main hope, was hit by a bouncer from a net bowler during training and was seen writhing in pain as the support staff rushed to the ground.
It is the same left shoulder where Russell was hit by a Harshal Patel delivery during KKR’s match against Delhi Capitals at the Kotla.
Although team sources said, there was no major fracture or dislocation, it remains to be seen whether the big-hitting West Indies all-rounder is fit for Friday’s clash.
In their first-leg clash in Bengaluru, Russell made all the difference with a whirlwind 13-ball 48 to drag KKR out of the woods and guide them to a remarkable five-wicket win.
While Russell’s availability is a big concern for the home side who have not won in their last three matches, and placed sixth in the points table, there would be no shortage of inspiration for 33-year old Karthik who got the nod ahead of Rishabh Pant in the 15-member World Cup contingent.
“It’s a dream come true for me,” Karthik had said after the selection on Monday. The veteran stumper-batsman hasn’t been among runs so far but would look to deliver against RCB and more importantly, in front of Kohli.
Kohli has his own problems as far as RCB is concerned with the team all but out of the competition if they lose on Friday. Rock-bottom in the table with just one win from eight matches, RCB just haven’t been in the groove this year. From the remaining six games, they would have to win all to give themselves any chance of a playoff berth.
Kohli has also not led from the front, cutting a forlorn figure on the field more often than not and also failing to fire with the bat.
The team’s main problem has been their bowling which has been poor to say the least, except for Yuzvendra Chahal. In KKR, they would face an opponent hungry to return to winning ways after losing back-to-back home games.
If Russell does not play, in-form Chris Lynn would have to step up along with the likes of Karthik, Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa.
For the visitors, Kohli would want AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali to continue their good form besides him getting back among runs.
The Eden track has been a batting paradise and Kohli would also hope his floundering bowling battery get their act right, with experienced South Africa pacer Dale Steyn now also roped in as replacement to Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Time: 8:00 IST
Venue: Eden Gardens Stadium, Kolkata
Dream XI Predictions:
Batting: AB de Villiers because of the danger he brings to the fore and world’s No 1 batsman Virat fit into any Dream11. They should get picked. Apart from that, it is a toss-up between Gill and Sarfaraz. Gill should win this because of his technique and temperament. Robin Uthappa purely because of the experience he has of playing at Eden he should be picked.
Wicketkeeper: Parthiv is good with the bat, but Karthik should pip him because of the way he plays under pressure.
All-Rounder: Andre Russell and Sunil Narine without a doubt. Both of them are proven match-winners and can bowl and bat.
Bowling: Chahal and Kuldeep, they may not be bowling in tandem but they are the top two spinners in the country. With spin sorted, young and fast Saini can be picked along with Dale Steyn who is making a comeback and looked sharp in the nets on the eve of the match.
My Dream 11 Team: AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Shubman Gill, Robin Uthappa, Dale Steyn, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini and Kuldeep Yadav
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) Probable 11 – Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Sunil Narine, Harry Gurney, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Kuldeep Yadav, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shubman Gill
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Probable 11 – Parthiv Patel (wk), AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (c), Umesh Yadav, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Marcus Stoinis, Navdeep Saini, Dale Steyn
Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Harry Gurnley, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, KC Cariappa, Shubman Gill, Rinku Singh, Shrikant Mundhe, Nikhil Naik, Anrich Nortje, Prithvi Raj, Prasidh Krishna.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), Parthiv Patel (wk), AB de Villiers, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee, Dale Steyn.
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