BLR vs KOL Team Prediction: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders – 18 April 2021 (Chennai). Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Nitish Rana will be the best fantasy picks for this game.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will take on Kolkata Knight Riders in the league match of IPL 2021, aka Indian Premier League, which will be played at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have started the tournament with a bang, and they would want to continue their good form. Glenn Maxwell is in brilliant form, whereas AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli are world-class players. Harshal Patel and Kyle Jamieson are bowling well, whereas Chahal needs to recover from his bad form.
Kolkata Knight Riders suffered a defeat in their last game, and they would want to bounce back. Nitish Rana has been batting brilliantly, whereas Andre Russel is taking wickets at the death overs. The rest of the team needs to fire in this game.
Pitch Report – This track has a history of supporting spinners. The average 1st innings batting score in the IPL 2021 games played here is 162 runs.
Total IPL 2021 Games: 4; Batting 1st Won: 3; Batting 2nd Won: 1
Match Details :
Time:- 3.30 PM, Stadium:- MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai; Live on Star Sports Network
Probable XI for both sides:-
Royal Challengers Bangalore – Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Shahbaz Ahmed, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Harshal Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Nitish Rana, Shubhman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russel, Shakib al Hasan, Pat Cummins, Harbhajan Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna.
Clean-Hitters in the Team
Royal Challengers Bangalore – Glenn Maxwell, Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers.
Kolkata Knight Riders – Shubhman Gill, Nitish Rana, and Andre Russel.
Death Overs Specialist Bowlers
Royal Challengers Bangalore – Harshal Patel
Kolkata Knight Riders – Pat Cummins
5 Must-Have Players in the Squad
Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, Nitish Rana, Harshal Patel, and Andre Russel.
BLR vs KOL Team Wicket-Keeper
AB de Villiers (Price 10) will be the wicket-keeper of our squad. Villiers scored 454 runs last season at an average of 45.40, whereas he has scored 49 runs in just a couple of innings this season. He is a world-class player.
BLR vs KOL Team Batsmen
Shubhman Gill (Price 9) and Nitish Rana (Price 9) will be our batsmen from the Kolkata Knight Riders. Gill scored 440 runs last season, whereas Rana scored 352 runs. Rana has scored 137 runs in just a couple of innings this season, whereas Gill is also a technically skilled player. Both of them open the innings together for the side.
Virat Kohli (Price 10.5) will be our batsman from the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Virat scored 466 runs at an average of 42.36 last season, whereas he has scored 66 runs in IPL 2021. He is a world-class player and just cannot be dropped.
BLR vs KOL Team All-Rounders
Andre Russel (Price 10) will be our all-rounder from the Kolkata Knight Riders. Russel has been brilliant at the death overs, and he has scalped six wickets in just a couple of games. He has to improve his batting performances, but he is a match-winner.
Glenn Maxwell (Price 9) and Shahbaz Ahmed (Price 8) will be our all-rounders from the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Maxwell had a stellar BBL10, whereas he has scored 98 runs in just a couple of innings in IPL 2021. Ahmed will bat at the number three slot, whereas the track of Chennai will support his bowling. Both of them performed well against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last game.
BLR vs KOL Team Bowlers
Pat Cummins (Price 9) and Varun Chakravarthy (Price 8.5) will be our bowlers from the Kolkata Knight Riders. Cummins scalped 12 wickets last season, whereas Varun scalped 17 wickets at an economy of 6.84. Cummins has scalped three wickets this season, whereas the track of Chennai will assist Varun.
Harshal Patel (Price 8.5) and Mohammad Siraj (Price 8.5) will be our bowlers from the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Patel has already scalped seven wickets in a couple of games, whereas Siraj is also bowling well, and he has scalped a couple of wickets.
Alternative Changes: You can replace Shahbaz Ahmed with Rahul Tripathi.
Match Prediction: Royal Challengers Bangalore will be the favourites to win this game.
Top Names for the Captaincy Role:-
Virat Kohli and Nitish Rana
Top Names for the Vice-Captaincy Role:-
Both the captain’s pick + Andre Russel and Glen Maxwell
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Fantasy Team Disclaimer
All our selections are based on in-depth and astute analysis of the players partaking in the match, pitch report and a perusal of other reasoning. Please incorporate a slew of factors while crafting your own side with this article serving as a guide to the match and players.