RCB aim to continue winning run when they take on KKR
Riding high on their opening match triumph, Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to continue in their winning streak when they take on a struggling Kolkata Knight Riders at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Led by Daniel Vettori, RCB beat Delhi Daredevils by 20 runs on Saturday and the New Zealander will hoping that his men pull off yet another victory to make sure they don't go haywire after making a good start, which has been their story until the last IPL.
On the other hand, after tasting two defeats in a row, Kolkata Knight Riders will look to reverse their fortunes when they play their third match against southern powerhouse RCB.
RCB were impressive against DD, both A B de Villiers and Muttiah Muralitharan starred with bat and ball respectively.RCB were served well by wily Muralitharan's three for 25, after de Villiers set it up with a blazing 64 off 42 balls. He hit six fours and two sixes in an innings that gave Bangalore the platform.
Image: RCB captain Daniel Vettori
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Gayle, Kohli will look to come out all guns blazing
On Tuesday, RCB will be hoping to get a rollicking start from Chris Gayle, who sat out due to fitness issues in the last match, and Tillakratane Dilshan and Virat Kohli will hope to fire after he had a brief stay at the crease scoring just eight runs.
If given a chance, Cheteshwar Pujara and Saurabh Tiwary can also make useful contributions.
The rest of the batting too has solid names such as Andrew McDonald, De Villiers, Mayank Agarwal and Vettori apart from a tail which consists of Vinay Kumar, Zaheer Khan and Harshal Vikram Patel, who all have skills to add a few quick runs.
KKR, on the flipside, have failed to capitalise on their good batting and bowling lineup so far. They first lost to Delhi Daredevils in a rain-curtailed game and then went down to Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.
Image: Virat Kohli
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Gambhir-Kallis will have to lay platform for KKR
In their next encounter with the RCB, KKR, who became the first team to lose both their matches this IPL, will look for a better batting performance and build partnerships to bounce back.
Losing nine wickets in a truncated match will be a cause of worry for any captain and this continued even in their next outing against RR where they lost four quick wickets in the form of Jacques Kallis, Gautam Gambhir, Brendon McCullum and Debabrata Das for just 25 runs in six overs.
Gambhir will look to give KKR a solid start alongside Kallis. A good start would help players like McCullum, Manoj Tiwary, Yusuf Pathan and Laxmi Ratan Shukla break the shackles.
Tiwary will be desperate to prove a point to the Indian team management after being denied a single opportunity during the entire tri-series in Australia and the subsequent Asia Cup in Bangladesh. Tiwary was the only batsman for KKR to make a half century scoring 59 against RR.
The Teams (from):
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Lakshmipathy Balaji, Rajat Bhatia, Manvinder Bisla, Debabrata Das, Marchant de Lange, Brad Haddin, Iqbal Abdulla, Chirag Jani, Jacques Kallis, Sarabjit Ladda, Brett Lee, Brendon McCullum, Eoin Morgan, Sunil Narine, Yusuf Pathan, James Pattinson, Sanju Samson, Pradeep Sangwan, Iresh Saxena, Shami Ahmed, Shakib Al Hasan, Laxmi Shukla, Ryan ten Doeschate, Manoj Tiwary, Jaydev Unadkat
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Daniel Vettori (c), Mayank Agarwal, KP Appanna, Sreenath Aravind, Arun Karthik, Raju Bhatkal, AB de Villiers, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Muralidharen Gautam, Chris Gayle, Mohammad Kaif, Abrar Kazi, Zaheer Khan, Virat Kohli, Charl Langeveldt, Andrew McDonald, Abhimanyu Mithun, Muttiah Muralitharan, Karun Nair, Dirk Nannes, Ryan Ninan, Harshal Patel, Asad Pathan, Luke Pomersbach, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rilee Rossouw, Jamaluddin Syed Mohammad, Saurabh Tiwary, Vinay Kumar, Vijay Zol.
Image: Gautam Gambhir