Sharjah: Virat Kohli’s tactical skills will be put to the test against Eoin Morgan’s icy demeanor when Royal Challengers Bangalore take on former champions Kolkata Knight Riders at the IPL Eliminator here on Monday. Also Read – BLR vs KOL Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Hints VIVO IPL 2021 Eliminator: Captain, Vice-Captain – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Playing 11 for today’s T20 match at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, 07:30 11th October IST Monday
Kohli, who has decided to step down from captaincy after this edition, has led RCB to the finals in 2016, apart from reaching the play-offs twice in 2015 and 2020, and he took things by storm in his last storm as captain. Would like to finish at a higher level. . Also Read – Live DC vs CSK IPL 2021 Live Cricket Score, IPL Live Match Qualifier 1 Latest Updates: Prithvi Shaw Falls After Fifty; Chennai Super Kings stop Delhi Capitals with a quick wicket
For Morgan, it is about regaining the glory that has been lost for KKR, a team that achieved great success under Gautam Gambhir, leading them to two IPL titles in a span of three years in 2012 and 2014. Also Read – DC vs CSK Dream11 Team Prediction, Vivo IPL 2021 Qualifier 1 Fantasy Hints: Captain, Vice-Captain – Delhi Capitals vs Chennai Super Kings, 11s to play for today’s T20 match at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, 07: 30 PM IST 10 October, Sunday
On paper, it will be a battle between two equally prepared teams, but overall, KKR have a slight edge, having won 15 matches out of the 28 matches they have played over the years.
RCB, however, will be full of confidence after securing a thrilling victory over Delhi Capitals with a last-ball six in their last league match, finishing third in the standings with 18 points from 14 matches.
KKR, on the other hand, made a spectacular change after a poor performance in the first leg, winning five out of seven games in the UAE leg to finish fourth on 14 points.
Morgan’s team made it to the playoffs with a colossal 86-run win over Rajasthan Royals and will look to take the momentum into the eliminator.
But past records would count for little and it would boil down to winning small moments in the match, which Kohli and Morgan would be well aware of.
Both the captains have enough ammunition and it will be all about managing the resources.
RCB have a strong batting line-up that includes AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell and Devdutt Padikkal apart from Kohli but they have failed to find a perfect combination so far.
While their top-order has started on most occasions, the middle-order looked uncertain with the move to bring Daniel Christian back to number three. Also AB de Villiers has been ruined at No 5 but Srikar India’s emergence has been a big positive.
The wicketkeeper-batsman scored 78 off 52 balls at number three and entered the record books for RCB in the last game by hitting a last-ball six.
One person who has stood up for RCB is Glenn Maxwell. The Australian power-hitter has 498 runs and has been Kohli’s favorite this season.
However, the RCB captain has been poor in the last two innings and needs to find his touch quickly.
In bowling, Harshal Patel has been sensational with 30 wickets in 14 matches, including a hat-trick against Mumbai Indians. Mohammad Siraj and George Garten have also been impressive, while Yuzvendra Chahal has responded to his critics with 16 wickets this season.
KKR have also been served well by the bowlers, who have put in some scintillating performances.
While the pace duo of Lockie Ferguson and Shivam Mavi have taken seven wickets in their previous match, the spinners led by Varun Chakravarthy, Sunil Narine and Shakib Al Hasan have also performed impressively.
Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana are crucial in the batting and it will be interesting to see how they handle the variety of Patel and Chahal’s deceit on a slow Sharjah pitch.
Captain Morgan’s form is going bad and it is a matter of concern.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (captain), Navdeep Saini, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Rajat Patidar, Dushmantha Chamira, Pawan Deshpande, Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Azharuddin, Sachin Baby, Oneindu Hasaranga, George Garten, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Kyle Jamieson, Suyash Prabhudesai, KS Bharat, Tim David, Akash Deep, AB de Villiers.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Karun Nair, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pawan Negi, M Pranand Krishna, Sandeep Warrier , Shivam Dubey, Tim Southee, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakraborty, Andre Russell, Ben Cutting, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert.