Heading back home to the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, RCB will be desperate to break their losing streak which currently sits at four in IPL 12. It doesn’t get any easier for the struggling-Royal Challengers as they host the electrifying Kolkata Knight Riders under lights.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Very-rarely does this RCB batting line-up get scrutinized for underperforming in the IPL, but that’s all about to change this season as they appear to be at breaking point with the current make-up of this side. Virat Kohli himself has had his own troubles in the early stages of the tournament averaging under 20, at the moment he’s shouldering all the responsibility and the pressure seems to be getting to the Bangalore skipper. Even the exceptionally-talented AB de Villiers has found himself in a spot of bother so far, it’s not the competitive RCB we’re used to seeing. The Shimron Hetmyer experiment has been one of their biggest failures yet, the 22-year-old has scored a mediocre 15 runs from four outings and can’t survive in the side much longer with a form guide as poor as that. The inclusion of Aussie all-rounder Marcus Stoinis is a breath of fresh air to this Bangalore side, especially given that their star-duo along with Hetmyer and Moeen Ali haven’t been able to string together any consistency. Parthiv Patel has probably been their best batsman so far with 138 runs for the tournament.
Virat has been reluctant to rotate his chosen bowling attack with the bench players, that could all change in the next couple of matches. Umesh Yadav has conceded 87 runs for no wickets in his past two games, and Navdeep Saini is yet to take a wicket in his three IPL outings in 2019. The current purple cap leader Yuzvendra Chahal has had a big impact as the specialist spinner with 8 wickets in the tournament, but apart from that RCB look in desperate need of a bowling makeover. Nathan Coulter-Nile could be the perfect inclusion for Bangalore, he’s been taking wickets in International cricket and provides some big-hitting down the order. RCB are also yet to utilize the likes of Tim Southee and Washington Sundar who were both expected to be in their preferred playing XI.
Top 4 fantasy picks – Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Yuzvendra Chahal
- Virat Kohli
- AB de Villiers
- Marcus Stoinis
Wildcard pick – Nathan Coulter-Nile
Top 4 fantasy picks – Kolkata Knight Riders
- Robbie Uthappa
- Nitish Rana
- Kuldeep Yadav
- Chris Lynn
Wildcard pick – Shubman Gill
Royal Challengers Bangalore (possible) – 1. Virat Kohli © 2. Parthiv Patel (wk) 3. AB de Villiers 4. Marcus Stoinis 5. Moeen Ali 6. Akshdeep Nath 7. Washington Sundar 8. Nathan Coulter-Nile/Tim Southee 9. Umesh Yadav 10. Mohammed Siraj 11. Yuzvendra Chahal.
Kolkata Knight Riders (possible) – 1. Chris Lynn 2. Sunil Narine 3. Robbie Uthappa 4. Nitish Rana 5. Dinesh Karthik (c & wk) 6. Shubman Gill 7. Andre Russell 8. Piyush Chawla 9. Kuldeep Yadav 10. Prasidh Krishna/Sandeep Warrier 11. Lockie Ferguson/Harry Gurney.
Zak Varik is an Australian columnist/writer who specializes in the sports category cricket. With over four years of experience covering all sorts of cricket tournaments around the world, Zak has gained extensive knowledge in International cricket as well as domestic.
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