Kolkata Knight Riders face Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Eliminator on Monday in IPL 2021. The loser of this game will get eliminated from the tournament while the winner faces Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier. CSK have already booked a spot in the final. Both the teams are heading into this game on the back of wins in their last game.
RCB got over Delhi Capitals in the final ball of the game with KS Bharat hitting a last-ball six. Banglore boasts of a settled top-order and bowling attack but is struggling to find a perfect number four. They have tried various players at the position but to no avail so far. KKR might exploit that weakness of RCB and with AB De Villiers not in the best of form can work in Kolkata’s advantage.
"Now the tournament starts"
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) October 11, 2021
KKR, on the other hand, have looked the more settled unit among the two teams. Shubman Gill’s return to form is a good sign for the two-time champions. Lockie Ferguson is also back to his full fitness while Andre Russell’s fitness remains a concern. KKR’s spin trio have played a big part in their success so far in the UAE leg and the side might go with the same combination in the Eliminator as well.
Match – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Eliminator IPL 2021
Date & Time – October 11, 2021 7:30 PM IST
Venue – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
RCB v KKR, Eliminator Preview: Game Day
Maxwell, Siraj and Mike Hesson preview the Eliminator, and talk about the mindset of the team heading into the playoffs, on @myntra presents Game Day.#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #IPL2021 #RCBvKKR #PlayOffs pic.twitter.com/9MRwA1PUY4
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) October 11, 2021
KKR scored 171 against Rajasthan Royals in the final game at the venue. That remains the highest score in Sharjah in the UAE leg. Conditions are expected to be a lot better given that its the Eliminator. Small ground and smaller dimensions mean that sixes can be hit in plenty at this venue. A score between 160-170 is expected.
Predicted Playing XI In IPL 2021 Eliminator
KKR: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan/Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy
RCB: Virat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, George Garton, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal
IPL 2021: Qualifier 1 –RCB vs KKR– Fantasy Team Suggestions
Kona Srikar Bharat, AB de Villiers, Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell (C), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy (VC)
Kona Srikar Bharat, Nitish Rana, Virat Kohli, Rahul Tripathi (c), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell (C) Glenn Maxwell (VC), Venkatesh Iyer, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Lockie Ferguson
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