- Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders will meet in the tie
- Glenn Maxwell and Devadath Padikkal are RCB’s hitting prospects
- Super hitter Andre Russell could be at Kolkata playing XI
Bangalore is one of the best performing teams of the season. The team that is destined for the title this time has the best players in both batting and bowling. Besides Captain Virat Kohli, the form of Glenn Maxwell and Devadath Padikkal is promising. RCB also has a bowling line-up with Mohammad Siraj, Harsha Patel and Yusvendra Chahal.
Kolkata beat the Mumbai Indians by a run average to reach the play-offs. The strong performance in the UAE edition gives Kolkata confidence. Kolkata’s bowling line includes Sunil Narine, Varun Chakraborty, Shivam Mavi, and Loki Ferguson. All-rounder Andre Russell is expected to play in the tie. If so, it will give the team the advantage. Venkatesh Iyer is expected to shine as a newcomer to hitting.
The two teams have met 29 times so far and KKR leads with 16 wins. RCB won 13 games. Both teams have won each time this season.
Likely RCB Team: Devadath Padikkal, Virat Kohli, KS Bharat, Villiers AB, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, George Gorton, Hershal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yusvendra Chahal.
Probable Kolkata Knight Riders: Shubhman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell / Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Varun Chakraborty, Shivam Mavi, Loki Ferga.
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