RCB Vs KKR IPL 2021 Eliminator Prediction: Playing 11and Pitch
The much-talked RCB Vs KKR match is about to begin and here are some predictions.
The IPL 2021 Eliminator match between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will be played today. Both teams will face at Sharjah Cricket Stadium at 7.30 p.m.
It’s a “do or die” encounter for both sides, as the losing team will be eliminated from contention for the final. Simultaneously, the winner team will face the Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2. After a strong performance in the league, RCB has advanced to the playoffs with 18 points. Virat Sena came in third place in the points table. KKR performed better in the second leg than in the first. With 14 points, Kolkata finished fourth in the table.
Kolkata has an advantage over Bangalore.
Bangalore and Kolkata will square off for the third time this season. They had each won one match when they met in the league stage. At the same time, Kolkata has the advantage in the total 29 IPL matches played between RCB and KKR. While KKR won 16 games, RCB triumphed 13 times.
However, the Bangalore side has dominated the last five meetings between the two. During this period, RCB won four matches while Kolkata won one. Let us remind you that KKR has won the title twice, in 2012 and 2014, whereas Bangalore has yet to do so.
Will either team’s starting lineup change?
Bangalore won their most recent league encounter by a score of 7 wickets. Bangalore defeated Delhi on the final ball. RCB would aim to keep this momentum going in the Eliminator. The RCB starting XI is unlikely to alter. Virat Kohli wants to stick with the winning combo.
In the last league encounter, Kolkata defeated Rajasthan Royals by an impressive 86-run margin. Despite this, there may be a change in the KKR team. After missing multiple games owing to injury, swashbuckling all-rounder Andre Russell might return to the starting XI. Russell is expected to be healthy for the playoffs, according to KKR chief advisor David Hussey.