Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) this Sunday (18th April) afternoon when they will play their third match of the IPL 2021 at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk, Chennai).
After starting this IPL 2021 with a 10-run win against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), KKR suffered a 10-run defeat against the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI).
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In their first two matches of the IPL 2021, KKR batsman Nitish Rana hit two half-centuries as he scored 80 and 57 runs respectively. He has started this IPL season in a strong way as his batting has eased KKR’s big early tension of their opening batting selection.
Youngster Shubman Gill started this IPL 2021 with 15 runs knock but then scored 33 runs off 24 balls (5 fours and only four) against Mumbai Indians and set up the strong 72 runs opening partnership with Rana. He can change the game situation very quickly as he has the strong abilities to play powerful shots.
After scoring 53 runs in their first match of this IPL 2021, Rahul Tripathi disappointed in the second game of this tournament by scoring only 5 runs. In the top-order batting line-up, Tripathi has to play crucial roles for KKR and needs to prove his consistency.
Eoin Morgan (C)
In recent times, England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan hasn’t batted much which can affect his batting performance. In the first two games of the IPL 2021, the KKR captain scored 2 and 7 runs respectively, which were not the positive images.
Shakib Al Hasan
Bangladesh cricketer Shakib Al Hasan can play a vital role for KKR with his impressive all-round skills. During KKR’s first two matches of the IPL 2021, Shakib has got two wickets and scored only 12 runs. But everyone knows how a big quality player he is.
Dinesh Karthik (wk)
Former KKR captain Dinesh Karthik is currently in good form with the bat and he continued it in their first match of the IPL 2021 where he scored a crucial 22 not out off 9 balls (2 fours and only six). In their second game, Karthik was not out on 8 runs off 11 balls as the regular wicket falling restricted his batting.
In the last game, Caribbean cricketer Andre Russell got a fifer against Mumbai Indians as he had bowling figures of 2-0-15-5. But he has failed with the bat as he has scored only 14 runs in this IPL 2021 after batting in two innings. KKR fans and team management are eagerly waiting to see his smashing knocks with the bat.
Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has just returned to the professional game after almost two years and KKR are using him strategically in the early moment of this IPL 2021. Singh has bowled only three overs in this tournament where he has conceded 25 runs and he is still waiting for his first wicket of this season.
Australian cricketer Pat Cummins has started this IPL 2021 in a positive way who has got three wickets in two games and moreover his economy rate of this IPL season is currently 6.75. Cummins is a very important name for KKR in this IPL season.
The leg-spinner Varun Chakravarthy has just returned to the game after recovering from his injury who has taken a wicket after the first two matches of this IPL 2021. KKR team management is waiting for his return to the familiar form with the ball.
Indian cricketer Prasidh Krishna is currently in very good form with the ball. However, he has started the IPL 2021 in a little bit expensive way as he has taken 3 wickets in this tournament but conceded 77 runs in 8 overs.