Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Prediction – September 20, 2021: Can Kohli get RCB off to a winning start? Plus Dream 11 selections

  • Match: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Date: September 20, 2021
  • Start Time: 2:00pm
  • Stadium: Sheikh Zayed Stadium
  • Tournament: Indian Premier League – 2021 – 31st Match
  • Format: T20


Kolkata Knight Riders won by 9 wickets (with 60 balls remaining)

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Stats and Trends


Kolkata Knight Riders Trends

  • Played: 8
  • Won: 3
  • Lost: 5
  • NRR: 0.1100
  • Last 5 results: W, L, W, L, L

Kolkata Knight Riders Top Batters

RunsSR4s6sAvg Runs
Pat Cummins
Dinesh Karthik
Nitish Rana
Top 3 Batsmen This Season for Kolkata Knight Riders

Nitesh Rana is the top batsman for KKR and will be key to improving their IPL performances. Cummings picked up some runs at a good strike rate but will not be in the side. Eoin Morgan is a player who will be looking to have a good IPL to get ready for the T20 World Cup, also taking place in the UAE.

Kolkata Knight Riders Top Bowlers

Pat Cummins
Prasidh Krishna
Varun Chakravarthy
Top 3 Bowlers This Season for Kolkata Knight Riders

Tim Southee is a good replacement for Cummings, who has taken the most wickets but has always been expensive for runs in IPL 2021 and IPL 2020. Southee should improve on his economy numbers.

Kolkata Knight Riders Last Match vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

KKR played thier last match against top of the table Delhi Capitals. They posted 154/6 batting first. Dehli Capitals chased them down in 16.3 overs losing just 3 wickets. With the low wickets from KKR they should have posted a bigger score, 180 would have been a decent score on that wicket.


Royal Challengers Bangalore Trends

  • Played: 8
  • Won: 5
  • Lost: 3
  • NRR: -0.7060
  • Last 5 results: L, L, W, L, W

Royal Challengers Bangalore Top Batters

RunsSR4s6sAvg Runs
AB de Villiers
Devdutt Padikkal
Glenn Maxwell
Top 3 Batsmen This Season for Royal Challengers Bangalore

RCB has quality throughout their batting lineup. Kohli is on 198 runs and these are all top players. Maxwell really impressed in the first half of the IPL. This batting lineup is good enough to win the trophy, in our opinion.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Top Bowlers

Harshal Patel
Kyle Jamieson
Mohammed Siraj
Top 3 Bowlers This Season for Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kyle Jamieson has decided not to return to RCB this time. RCB have added well to replace him with quality T20 bowlers.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Last Match vs Chennai Super Kings

The last match was a defeat to Punjab where the run chase never got going. RCB has won when batting first every time but has a 50% win rate when chasing. The UAE pitches will make batting second harder as we saw in IPL 2020.

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Match Prediction

Before the IPL stopped everyone would have predicted RCB to win this match. They are in better form and have better players. KKR has been below par so far. Moving the event to the UAE will have an impact on this but we still believe that RCB will have too much for KKR.

The players they have brought in have added to the squad depth and they still have plenty of quality across the squad. The best chance for KKR is to bat first!

Match prediction: RCB to win the match by over 20 runs/ 20 balls to spare

Predicted scores if batting first:

RCB: 175-190/6

KKR: 140-155/8

Dream 11 players to watch

  • Glenn Maxwell
  • Hasaranga
  • Nitesh Rana

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