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The clash of two teams one who is looking comfortable and cushy at the No. 2 position and another who is lingering at the moment at No. 7but when these two clashes we can surely hope that Eden Gardens will definitely be ignited.
Kolkata Knight Riders
The Knight Riders should open with Narine again unless they decide to trick everyone with another one of their surprise moves, but given Narine’s success in the previous game, he would be the first-choice opener. In what could be a shuffle between Kuldeep Yadav and Piyush Chawla, the experienced legspinner might get the nod with as many as five right-handers in the top six of the RCB batting line-up.
Probable XI: Gautam Gambhir, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes, Piyush Chawla, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Umesh Yadav
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Predicting the eleven for the RCB has become an arduous task, especially for the constant rejig that has taken place. Shane Watson would be debated hard and would only make a cut if his batting services are exuding enough confidence, otherwise, Mills might find his way back. Milne and Billy Stanlake present very familiar numbers and offer similar pace too, making it a tough pick here as well.
Probable XI: Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav, Mandeep Singh, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Adam Milne, Sreenath Arvind, Tymal Mills, Yuzvendra Chahal.
Did you know?
– Chris Gayle has scored 339 runs in five innings against KKR at Eden Gardens with a hundred and two fifties.
– RCB is the only team to score at less than seven in the powerplay this season (6.83). Last year, they were the only side to score at above eight (8.10).
– RCB have used 19 players so far this season – the joint most by any team alongside RPS in this edition.
– Since 2013, KKR hasn’t lost a game at the Eden Gardens while chasing.
History and Head-to-Head
Both the sides have faced off against each other on as many as 18 occasions in the IPL, with the honours equally shared between the two. If you include the one occasion when KKR locked horns with RCB in a Champions League contest, KKR won that comprehensively, taking the overall T20 head to head numbers to 10-9.
When: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, April 23, 20:00 IST
Where: Eden Gardens, Kolkata