It will be a test of Virat Kohli’s tactical skills against Eoin Morgan’s icy demeanor when Royal Challengers Bangalore take on former champions Kolkata Knight Riders at the IPL Eliminator in Sharjah on Monday (October 11). Kohli, who has decided to step down from captaincy after this edition, has led RCB to the finals in 2016, apart from reaching the play-offs twice in 2015 and 2020, and he took things by storm in his last storm as captain. Would like to finish at a higher level. .
For Morgan, it’s almost To regain lost glory for KKR, a team that achieved great success under the leadership of Gautam Gambhir, who led them to two IPL titles in a span of three years in 2012 and 2014. On paper, it will be a battle between two equally prepared teams, but overall, KKR have a slight edge, winning 15 of the 28 matches they have played over the years.
RCB, however, will be full of confidence after securing a thrilling victory over Delhi Capitals with a last-ball six in their last league match, finishing third in the standings with 18 points from 14 matches. KKR, on the other hand, made a spectacular change after a poor performance in the first leg, winning five out of seven games in the UAE leg to finish fourth on 14 points.
Ahead of the do or die clash, take a look at the crucial stats of RCB vs KKR:
head to head:
– RCB and KKR have locked in another 28 times in 13 IPL seasons since their inception in 2008 and have the upper hand with Kolkata side with 15 wins, while RCB won 13 of those 28 matches Is.
In two matches of this season, both sides have won one each. Royal Challengers Bangalore won the first match in Chennai where AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell combined to help their side post 204, which proved to be too much for the men in purple and KKR won the second game in Abu Dhabi where they The men were banned for just 92 runs in red and chased down the target in just 10 overs.
– RCB captain Virat Kohli is the highest run-scorer in RCB vs KKR games with 735 runs. Chris Gayle, who has previously played for both KKR and RCB, is second on the list with 631 runs against fixtures in the IPL.
– KKR captain Eoin Morgan needs 14 runs to become the 13th player to complete 1000 runs for KKR in IPL.
– KKR’s Dinesh Karthik needs 3 outs to become the second wicketkeeper to have 150 dismissals in the IPL. MS Dhoni (160) is currently the only holder of the record.
Harshal Patel is 3 wickets away from beating Dwayne Bravo’s highest number of wickets (32) in an IPL season.