IPL 2019: Bangalore may not be having the best run in the ongoing edition of IPL, but skipper Virat Kohli will be on the cusp of a major milestone when RCB host Kolkata at M Chinnaswamy. Kohli needs 17 more runs to become the second Indian to 8000 T20 runs. The Indian captain would join Suresh Raina to the feat. The southpaw recently became the first player to breach the 5000-run-mark in IPL. Kohli became the second player to 5000 IPL runs which shows they are neck-and-neck. Kohli has 5026 runs in the IPL and is second in the highest run-getters list behind Raina who is on 5086.
Kohli has amassed 76 runs in four matches so far in the ongoing season which is way below his career standards. Bangalore will now host Kolkata in their fifth IPL game and would be desperate to win the match and open their account.
On the other hand, KKR has won two out of their three games and are in a much better position. KKR also have a better record against RCB, where the two teams have met on 22 occasions and Kolkata has won 13 times, compared to nine by Bangalore.
Kolkata Knight Riders (From): Nikhil Naik, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Joe Denly, Shrikant Mundhe, Carlos Brathwaite, Sunil Narine, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney, Yarra Prithviraj, KC Cariappa
Royal Challengers Bangalore (From): Virat Kohli(c), Parthiv Patel, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath(w), Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Devdutt Padikkal, Heinrich Klaasen, Himmat Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Prayas Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee, Nathan Coulter-Nile