VIVO IPL 2017
46th game:Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Royal Challengers Bangalore will square off against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 46th game of Indian Premier League. The visitors Kolkata will want to bring their A-game as the next couple of games will make things pretty clear as to which four teams make it to the playoffs of the competition. Kolkata will need big performance from their captain Gautam Gambhir as side has faltered in the last couple of games but will aim to get back to winning ways against Bangalore that has been in woeful form in the competition.
The game will be played at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium at Bengaluru on 7th May at 4pm Indian standard time as both sides will fight it out get a win under their belt. Kolkata will keen to move past the two defeats conceded recently and march towards securing their place in the playoffs. Royal Challengers have been hopeless to say the least losing five games on the trot as batting has not delivered at all this season with likes of Gayle, de Villiers and Kohli in the lineup. The side will aim to end their poor season with wins in their remaining games to give something to their fans that have flocked in huge numbers to support them despite producing failures continuously. Bangalore could not chase 138 runs after restricting Kings XI in their last game as Kohli looked dejected in his posture while speaking in an after-game ceremony.
Gambhir could be key for Kolkata in this game as left-handed batsman has delivered in terms of pressure games for the side in the past as well. Virat Kohli will know how to respond to failure as a big innings here would certainly do a world of cricket to him and lift his side confidence after string of wretched performances in the Indian Premier League. It will also be battle of spinner as Kuldeep Yadav will take on Yuzvendra Chahal as both budding spinners would want to make impression in this game for their sides respectively.
It will be another interesting battle when Kolkata take on Bangalore at Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.