Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will play their third game of the IPL 2021 this Sunday (18th April) afternoon when they will face Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chepauk, Chennai).
In the IPL 2021, RCB are the only unbeaten as they have won both their first two games of this IPL 2021. After beating the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) by two wickets on the last-ball thriller in the first game of this tournament, RCB beat SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 6 runs in their next game.
IPL 2021, Match 10: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders (RCB vs KKR) – RCB Predicted Playing XI
Virat Kohli (C)
Captain Virat Kohli played two identical knocks in their first two games of the IPL 2021 as he scored 33 runs off 29 balls in both those matches. Kohli is currently in good touch with the bat and he can play bigger knocks if he gets better batting pitches.
Opener Devdutt Padikkal played the second game of RCB in the IPL 2021 where he scored 11 runs. In the recent domestic matches, especially in the Vijay Hazare trophy, he performed impressively with the bat and RCB camp is waiting to see a similar form in this IPL season.
AB de Villiers (wk)
Former South African star cricketer AB de Villiers scored the crucial match-winning 48 runs in their first game of this IPL 2021. Though he scored just one run in their next match, the team is enough confident in him. Surely, he is one of the most crucial names in this batting line-up.
Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell has impressed in his initial outings in the IPL 2021 as he scored crucial 39 and 59 runs respectively in this IPL season. He has maintained the strike rate of 142.02, where he has hit 8 fours and 5 sixes. His strong presence in the middle-order batting is a big relief for RCB.
Experienced Australian cricketer Daniel Christian hasn’t put much impact in the early period of this IPL 2021 yet. However, more importantly, he got very limited opportunities in those matches which can’t determine his latest condition in the team.
While RCB won the second game in stunning style, left-arm spinner Shahbaz Ahmed played a huge role for RCB despite bowling only two overs (2-0-7-3). In his second over in that game, he got three wickets as he dismissed Jonny Bairstow (12) and Manish Pandey (38) in back-to-back deliveries and then picked up the wicket of Abdul Samad (0). It was totally a game-changing over as SRH failed to come over from that moment. Surely, he will be now more confident as a bowler.
As an off-spinner, Washington Sundar has got only three overs in this IPL 2021 where he picked up a wicket of Mumbai Indians cricketer Chris Lynn. He also opened during the first match of this tournament where he scored 10 runs. He can play more positive roles if get better chances.
New Zealand cricketer Kyle Jamieson has got two wickets in this IPL 2021 as he picked up one wicket in each game of this season. The right-arm pacer is growing up as a brilliant bowler who can control the game.
Harshal Patel has highly impressed in the early moment of the IPL 2021 as he has already taken seven wickets in this tournament. After picking up a five-wicket haul (5/27) in the first match of this season, Harshal bowled another impressive spell of 4-0-25-2 in their second game as he controlled the death overs in both those matches.
In both their first two games of the IPL 2021, RCB pacer Mohammed Siraj bowled economically as he became the first bowler to deliver a maiden over in this IPL season. After finishing the first game of this tournament with bowling figures of 4-0-22-0, Siraj had bowling figures of 4-1-25-2 in their second match.
Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal is a very very important member of RCB, who is currently struggling to take wickets. In the IPL 2021, he hasn’t picked up a wicket after two matches. While he was really expensive (0/41) in this tournament opener, he bowled in better control in the next game (0/29), where he didn’t concede a six.