The IPL 2021 season, the 14th edition of the cash-rich cricket league has its 30th match on 3rd May when Kolkata Knight Riders will face Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Down in 7th in the league table, KKR have managed only two wins so far and was lacklustre against DC last Thursday. The efforts from Shubman Gill (43-off-38) and Andre Russell (unbeaten 45-off-27) paddled their total to 154, but the bowlers did not stand a chance against the Delhi batting order.
Except for Pat Cummin’s 3-wicket haul with a 6.00 economy rate, the rest of KKR bowling lineup gave up costly figures as DC reached the target by the 16th over courtest of Shaw and Dhawan’s batting prowess.
Full Squad: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Karun Nair, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Gurkeerat Mann Singh, Tim Seifert, Dinesh Karthik, Sheldon Jackson, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, Vaibhav Arora, Pat Cummins, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Starting their IPL 2021 campaign with a stunning 4-win streak, RCB somehow lost their rhythm, losing to CSK and PBKS as well as edging past DC by just a single run. Although Punjab made good use of the costly bowling from Bangalore, the target of 180 did not look out of reach for Virat Kohli and co.
Unfortunately, the chase did not reflect what was expected as RCB batsmen failed to get a hold on the pitch, with only Kohli, Patidar and Harshal Patel at the end managing to touch the 30-run mark as they exhausted the 20-overs at just 145 runs.
Full Squad: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Washington Sundar, Pavan Deshpande, Finn Allen, Shahbaz Ahamad, Navdeep Saini, Adam Zampa, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Daniel Christian, KS Bharat, Suyash Prabhudessai, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel.
Waging Odds: Kolkata Knight Riders (2.25) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (1.72)
KKR are the underdogs and are priced at 2.25, meaning if you bet ₹100 on them and if they win the match, you’ll be making ₹225.
RCB are priced at 1.72 and are the favourites. Betting ₹100 on them will earn you ₹172 if they come out as winners.
While both teams are coming off of a loss each, RCB has already beaten KKR this season back on 18th April and will be looking out to replicate the same against Eoin Morgan and the company, who are still unable to find their cadence this year.
Both of Bangalore’s last two defeats have come as chasing failures so putting up a massive score in the first innings on the score-friendly Ahmedabad pitch will give Kohli’s side the upper hand, but they will still have the odds in their favour even if KKR bats first.
RCB will win the match.