Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are enduring their worst ever start to an IPL season and will almost certainly miss the playoffs for a third year running if they cannot get off the mark against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR).
RCB’s batting woes have been well documented: just one of the 17 players to have compiled 100+ series runs (after Tuesday’s game) belong to the franchise (Parthiv Patel), while KKR own three (Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa).
Despite Russell and Rana collecting nearly half (49.66%) of KKR’s total runs in 2019, the 2018 bronze medalists have enjoyed contributions from the majority of their top order, with five separate players involved in their five highest partnerships (all worth 65 or more runs) of the campaign.
The coin toss will be vital here: away teams at the M. Chinnaswamy have been sent in to bat first on 22 of 25 (88%) occasions when losing the toss, and have won only 12 of 29 (41.38%) matches when batting first.
Furthermore, KKR have won just two of seven (28.57) matches against RCB at this venue as part of an overall H2H record of 9-13 in KKR’s favour. Conversely, RCB have defeated KKR only once when batting first (14.27%) and once when losing the toss (11.11%).
RCB vs KKR T20 – Expected Playing XI
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Parthiv Patel (wk), Marcus Stoinis, Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Colin De Grandhomme, Akshdeep Nath, Washington Sundar Nathan Coulter-Nile, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (C & WK), Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Prasidh Krishna.
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Colin de Grandhomme (RCB) made his first contribution with bat or ball on Sunday (37), but he reached double figures on consecutive occasions only twice last year.
Chris Lynn (KKR) has never completed four consecutive IPL innings without passing a score of 20.
Away teams at this venue have won the toss and chosen to bat on just seven of 41 (17.07%) occasions – the lowest of any of the eight 2019 venues.
RCB’s win rate of 56% (28 from 50) as a home favourite is the third-poorest win rate of all 2019 franchises. RCB’s highest partnership of 53 is the lowest of all 2019 franchises.