IPL 2021, Match 31: KKR vs RCB, Stats Preview: Player records and approaching milestones

IPL 2021, Match 31: KKR vs RCB, Stats Preview: Player records and approaching milestones

Virat Kohli needs 71 runs to become the first Indian and fifth overall player to complete 10,000 T20 runs.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders will resume their respective Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaigns against each other. The high-voltage encounter takes place at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Monday (September 20). The two teams have developed a sort of rivalry over the years and it would be interesting to see who emerges victoriously in the upcoming contest.

It has to be noted that both these sides had entirely different campaigns in the first installment of the gala tournament. Virat Kohli’s RCB was on a roll and their position in the team standings narrates the entire story. With five wins in seven games, the Bangalore-based team was third in the team standings at the time of season suspension. This means the side needs to win just three of their remaining eight games to officially secure a place in the playoffs.

On the contrary, KKR’s journey hasn’t been that pleasant. Nothing much has gone their way this season and they face a hefty challenge in the UAE leg. As of now, the Eoin Morgan-led side is reeling at the penultimate place, having won just two of their first seven games. Hence, a couple of defeats this season might end their hopes of securing a place in the playoffs.

For the unversed, RCB walked away with a comprehensive 38-run triumph when these two sides crossed swords in the first leg. Electing to bat first in Chennai, RCB posted a mountain of 204/4 thanks to fiery half-centuries from AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell.

In reply, KKR could only score 166 for the loss of eight wickets in their allotted 20 overs. While RCB would like to replicate their heroics, the two-time champions will fight for redemption.

Meanwhile, let’s look at important stats and numbers ahead of the 31st game of the Indian Premier League 2021:

Head to Head record: In the IPL history so far, both teams have played 27 games against each other. In these games, Knight Riders have a slight edge as they won 14 games while RCB emerged victoriously 13 times.

200 – Virat Kohli will become the first player to play 200 IPL matches for a franchise. Overall, he’ll be the fifth to get the feat.

71Virat Kohli needs 71 runs to become the first Indian and fifth overall player to complete 10,000 T20 runs.

5 – AB de Villiers is five hits away from becoming the second player after Chris Gayle to hit 250 sixes in IPL.

54 – Dinesh Karthik needs 54 runs to become the 7th Indian and 11th overall to slam 4000 runs in IPL.

2 – Karthik is two grabs away from becoming the wicketkeeper with most catches in IPL. While he has taken 113 catches so far, MS Dhoni (114) is ahead of him.

5 – Mohammed Siraj needs five wickets to complete 50 wickets in IPL. The right-arm pacer has amassed 45 wickets in 42 appearances so far.

98 – Sunil Narine is 98 runs away from completing 1000 runs in IPL. So far, he has scored 902 runs in 124 appearances.