IPL 2019, Match 35 – KKR vs RCB: Dream11 Fantasy Cricket Tips – Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Update
AB de Villiers isn't playing.
Published - Apr 18, 2019 5:15 pm | Updated - Apr 19, 2019 7:41 pm
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are going downhill very fast in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). They started the season on a bright note but have fallen apart since then losing three on the trot and Andre Russell magic isn’t working any more with the team completely depending on him. However, they have a chance to resurrect their season against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) who are more or less than out of the contention for the playoffs.
RCB have won only a solitary game so far after playing eight matches and another loss will definitely crash the grim hopes of making it to the playoffs. Having said that, they have been boosted by Dale Steyn‘s arrival and he looks set to play in this game. Though it remains to be seen if he fits into the fold quickly. Also, it remains to be seen who will be left out for him. Even Kulwant Khejroliya can play after warming the bench so far.
KKR, on the other hand, are fretting over Andre Russell‘s injury who has been struggling a lot and despite that, has played in the last two-three matches. He was hit on the neck in the nets on Wednesday and it will be interesting to see who replaces him if Russell is rested.
The 35th game of the IPL between KKR and RCB will be hosted by Eden Gardens in Kolkata.
The match starts at 08:00 PM local time (14:30 GMT).
The game will be live on Star Sports in India. (Live streaming on Hotstar).
The weather in Kolkata is troublesome on Friday. In the lead up to the match, it is likely to rain with thunderstorms. Until 7 PM, the chances of rain are close to 50 percent. However, by the start of the match, the possibility of raining dramatically decreases to 3% according to Accuweather. It could be a start-stop kind of a game if the clouds open up frequently.
Last five completed T20 matches: (Most recent- first)
Kolkata Knight Riders – L, L, L, W, W
Royal Challengers Bangalore – L, W, L, L, L
The Eden surface turned a fair way in the previous game as it was an afternoon start. But things should get back to trend with the evening start as the dew starts to come in the second innings. It should be another high-scoring game at the Eden Gardens.
Average first innings score: 184.5 – 4 IPL matches this season
Record of chasing team: Won – 3, Lost – 1
Probable Playing XI:
Kolkata Knight Riders
Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh Krishna.
Bench: Rinku Singh, Nikhil Naik, Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Sandeep Warrier, Yarra Prithviraj, KC Cariappa, Carlos Brathwaite, Joe Denly.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Parthiv Patel (WK), Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Akshdeep Nath, Pawan Negi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, two out of Umesh Yadav/Mohammed Siraj/Dale Steyn/Kulwant Khejroliya.
Bench – Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann Umesh Yadav, Shivam Dube, Heinrich Klaasen, Tim Southee, Prayas Ray Barman, Washington Sundar.
Dale Steyn has joined the RCB camp and he trained with the team on Wednesday.
The injury status of Andre Russell is still unknown. He was hit on the neck in the nets on Wednesday. He played the last couple of matches with injury.
Virat Kohli vs KKR in the IPL: 20 inns 574 runs 33.76 avg 4 fifties
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options: Chris Lynn, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Robin Uthappa.
Vice-Captain Options: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Moeen Ali.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Head to Head/ Small Leagues:
Keeper – Parthiv Patel
Batsmen – Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli (VC), Chris Lynn (C), Shubman Gill
All-Rounders – Moeen Ali, Andre Russell, Marcus Stoinis
Bowlers – Yuzvendra Chahal, Navdeep Saini, Piyush Chawla.
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Grand/Mega Leagues:
Keeper – Dinesh Karthik
Batsmen – Nitish Rana, Virat Kohli (C), Robin Uthappa
All-Rounders – Marcus Stoinis, Moeen Ali, Sunil Narine (VC)
Bowlers – Dale Steyn, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney.
If you want to have Kohli, De Villiers, Lynn and Russell in the same team, then will have to leave out Uthappa and Narine. Also, have to pick a couple of players with 8 credits.
If one of them is left out, then a lot of options open up and you can make a better team.
KKR should get back to the winning ways unless RCB put their best foot forward.