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 is about regaining lost glory for KKR, a team that achieved great success under Gautam Gambhir, who led them to two IPL titles in a span of three years in 2012 and 2014. On paper, it would be a fight. Between two similarly drawn teams, but overall, KKR have a slight edge, having won 15 out 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.
Morgan’s team made it to the playoffs with a massive 86-run win over Rajasthan Royals and will look to take that momentum into the eliminator. But past records would count for little and it would boil down to winning small moments in the match, which Kohli and Morgan would be well aware of. Both the captains have enough ammunition and it will be all about managing the resources.
RCB have a great batting line-up Which includes AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell and Devdutt Padikkal apart from Kohli, but they have failed to find a perfect combination so far. While their top-order has started on most occasions, the middle-order looked uncertain with the move to bring Daniel Christian back to number three. Also AB de Villiers has been ruined at No 5 but Srikar India’s emergence has been a big positive.
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One person who has stood up for RCB is Glenn Maxwell. The Australian power-hitter has 498 runs and has gone to Kohli this season.
In bowling, Harshal Patel has been sensational with 30 wickets in 14 matches, including a hat-trick against Mumbai Indians. Mohammad Siraj and George Garten have also been impressive, while Yuzvendra Chahal has responded to his critics with 16 wickets this season.
KKR have also been served well by the bowlers, who have put in some scintillating performances. While the pace duo of Lockie Ferguson and Shivam Mavi have taken seven wickets in their previous match, the spinners led by Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan have also performed impressively.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), Navdeep Saini, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Rajat Patidar, Dushmantha Chamira, Pawan Deshpande, Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Baby, Vanindu Hasranga, George Garten, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal , Kyle Jamieson, Suyash Prabhudesai, KS Bharat, Tim David, Akash Deep, AB de Villiers.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (Captain), Dinesh Karthik, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Karun Nair, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pawan Negi, M Pranand Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Dubey, Tim Southee, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell, Ben Cutting, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert.
At what time will the Eliminator of IPL 2021 between Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders start?
The Eliminator of IPL 2021 between Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders is going to start at 07:30 PM. The toss will take place at 07:00 pm.
Where is the Eliminator of IPL 2021 between Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders taking place?
The Eliminator of IPL 2021 between Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders will be played in Sharjah.
Which TV channel will telecast IPL 2021 Eliminator between Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders?
The Eliminator of IPL 2021 between Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders will be broadcast live on Star Sports 1/HD.
Where can I watch the live streaming of IPL 2021 Eliminator between Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders?
The live streaming of IPL 2021 Eliminator between Royal Challengers and Kolkata Knight Riders will be available on Hotstar app and website. You can also watch live commentary/scorecard and latest match updates here on zeenews.india.com.