Today’s IPL clash sees KKR take on RCB. With 3 losses in the last 4 games, KKR face a must win situation in order to keep their playoff hopes alive. Also the availability of Andre Russell has become a doubt following his injury in the nets.
Kolkata Knight Riders arrive into today’s contest having lost three out of their last four games. They currently languish in 6th place with 8 points having been table toppers once. Since the beginning of the season, KKR have been too dependent on Andre Russell to pull off victories from impossible situations for them.
But now the speculation of Andre Russell’s unavailability following his injury in the nets will mean that KKR might have to do the work in the absence of the big West Indian. Russell, who already faced couple of niggles was taken down by a nets bowler on Wednesday and was absent from the training yesterday.
Thus with KKR not performing well as a single unit, today’s game might be an opportunity for them to prove to everyone that they aren’t a one man team. Meanwhile RCB stay bottom of the pile having won just one game so far.
Their bowling coach Ashish Nehra was the talk of the town in their previous game after his decision to bowl Negi in the penultimate over backfired big time. RCB face similar problems as KKR, with over reliance on both Kohli and AB de Villiers to do the bulk of the scoring.
Now with just 2 points after 8 games, RCB have no chance of qualifying from here on. But each game will still remain important to them and they will hope to spoil other team’s chances of making it into the last 4.
It is still not clear whether Andre Russell is fit for tonight’s clash or not. In case if the West Indian is set to miss the game, he will be replaced by his fellow countrymen Carlos Brathwaite.
RCB on the other hand might offer Dale Steyn his first game of the campaign and hope that his inclusion will offer the much needed firepower to the bowling attack.
KKR: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell/Carlos Brathwaite, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, Harry Gurney.
RCB: Parthiv Patel (wk), AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (c), Akshdeep Nath, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav.