In the 10th match of the IPL 2021, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will face each other at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk, Chennai) this Sunday (18th April) afternoon, which will be the first day of the double-header in the IPL 14.
Both teams will play their third game of this season during this forthcoming match. RCB won both their first two matches of this tournament as they are now the only unbeaten team in this IPL 2021. Meanwhile, KKR have won once and suffered one defeat in their first two matches of this tournament.
IPL 2021, Match 10: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders (RCB vs KKR) – Match Preview
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)
RCB are now the only team in the IPL 2021 who haven’t lost a game in this season yet as they have won both their first two matches of this season as they beat the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) and SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH).
RCB had very close games in both their first two games and they ultimately finished as the better team in those days. Captain Virat Kohli scored identical 33 runs off 29 balls in both those matches while AB de Villiers played the match-winning knock of 48 runs off 28 balls in the first match of this tournament. Currently, Glenn Maxwell is their leading run-scorer in this tournament who scored 39 and 59 runs respectively. But there was no other strong support in the first games of this season which was not a strong shine for the RCB.
RCB pacer Harshal Patel has hugely impressed in the first two games of this IPL 2021, especially in the death overs, as he is currently holding the Purple Cap after picking up 7 wickets in two games. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed highly impressed in their last game where his three wickets in the second over changed the entire game against SRH and RCB ultimately won that match.
Pacer Mohammed Siraj is also really economical with the ball in hand.
Virat Kohli (C), AB De Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Devdutt Padikkal, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa, Shahbaz Ahmed, Pavan Deshpande, Daniel Sams, Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Daniel Christian, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Suyash Prabhudessai, KS Bharat, Finn Allen.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)
After winning their first game of this IPL 2021 by 10 runs against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) suffered a shocking 10-run defeat against Mumbai Indians (MI) in their second match of this season.
Opener Nitish Rana is holding the Orange Cap of this season by scoring 137 runs in the first two games as he scored 80 and 57 runs respectively in this IPL season. Rahul Tripathi also scored 53 runs in their season opener while another opener Shubman Gill scored 33 runs in their second game. Dinesh Karthik also scored a crucial 22 not out off 9 balls in their first match of this tournament.
Andre Russell has taken six wickets in this IPL 2021, including picking up a fifer in their last match against Mumbai Indians. Also, Pat Cummins and Prasidh Krishna have taken three wickets each in this tournament.
Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Gurkeerat Singh, Rahul Tripathi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russell, Tim Seifert, Sunil Narine, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Harbhajan Singh, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Pawan Negi
IPL 2021, Match 10: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders (RCB vs KKR) – Match Prediction
Both teams are currently in the very early stage of the IPL 2021 where they still have to prove many things as the team. While KKR have the better head-to-head records against RCB (15-12), RCB won all their last three matches against this Kolkata franchise.