The 39th match of the 13th season of IPL will be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Abu Dhabi from 7.30 pm today. Both teams in the top-4 of the points table have a chance to strengthen the place for the play-offs. If RCB wins the match, it will reach number-2.
RCB defeated KKR in the last match
RCB are currently at number three in the points table, winning 6 out of 9 matches. At the same time, KKR retained the fourth position by winning 5 out of 9 matches. Both teams are winning their respective previous matches. Both teams are face to face for the second time in the season. In the previous match, Bangalore defeated Kolkata by 82 runs. RCB scored 194 runs in the match played in Sharjah. In response, KKR could score only 119 runs.
Power of bengaluru
RCB’s top-4 batsmen are in excellent form. He has scored more than 200 runs in 9–9 matches for the team so far. Captain Virat Kohli has the highest record of 347 runs. In bowling, Yuzvendra Chahal, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana and Washington are bowling beautifully. Chahal has taken 13 wickets for the team so far.
Flop batting big tension for Kolkata
Apart from Shubman Gill and captain Eoin Morgan, none of the batsmen are in form in the KKR team. It remains a major tension for the team. Gill has scored 311 runs in 9 matches for the team and Morgan has scored 248 runs. Former captains Dinesh Karthik (141) and Nitish Rana (184) have been struggling to score runs so far. The bowling of the team is also not able to show amazing. Varun Chakraborty and Shivam Mavi have taken the most 7-7 wickets.
Most expensive players from both teams
Kolkata’s most expensive player is Pat Cummins. He will get Rs 15.50 crore for the season. After this comes the number of Andre Russell, who will get 8.50 crores of the season. At the same time, Captain Kohli is the most expensive player in RCB. The team will give him 17 crores of a season. After him, AB de Villiers is named in the team, who will get Rs 11 crore this season.
Weather and Pitch Report
The sky will be clear during the match in Abu Dhabi. Temperatures are likely to be between 26 and 34 degrees Celsius. The pitch in Abu Dhabi can help batsmen. Having slow wickets here will also help the spinners a lot. The team that wins the toss here will like to bat first. The success rate of the first batting team in the last 13 T20s in Abu Dhabi has been 54%.
Total T20: 13 on this ground
First Batting Team Won: 7
First bowling team won: 6
High-score made this season: 195
Low-score made this season: 125
Kolkata won the title 2 times, Bengaluru still waiting
Kolkata have played the final twice (2014, 2012) so far in IPL history and have been champions both times. At the same time, RCB played the final under the captaincy of Anil Kumble in 2009 and Daniel Vettori in 2011. The team also reached the final under Virat’s captaincy in 2016. But, could not win the title even once.
Kolkata’s success rate higher than Bengaluru
Kolkata has a success rate of 52.40% in IPL. KKR has played a total of 187 matches so far, in which it has won 97 and lost 90. At the same time, Bengaluru has a success rate of 48.11%. RCB has played a total of 190 matches so far, in which it has won 90 and lost 96. 4 matches remain inconclusive.