Faf du Plessis-led Royal Challengers Bangalore will look to return to winning ways when they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in their second game of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 at the DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday (March 30). While RCB succumbed to a loss to Punjab Kings in their opening fixture, Shreyas Iyer’s KKR stunned defending champions Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2022 opener.
RCB batters did the job by posting a 200-plus total with Du Plessis, Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik leading the way but will be up against in-form KKR bowlers like Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine and Varun Chakravarthy.
The biggest positive for KKR was Ajinkya Rahane finding his mojo and scoring runs. Although all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer managed only 16 runs in the first game, he is capable of pummelling any attack into submission.
Skipper Shreyas Iyer along with Sam Billings and Sheldon Jackson would need to shoulder responsibility in the middle-order. On the bowling front, Umesh Yadav was sensational at the Wankhede. But others including Shivam Mavi, spinners Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine would need to put up an improved show.
All-rounder Andre Russell’s role with the bat and ball could eventually be the difference between the two sides. KKR are unlikely to tinker with their winning combination. Being an evening game, dew would certainly be a factor and one can expect a high-scoring affair.
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match No. 6
Venue: DY Patil Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: March 30th at 7:30 PM IST
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network, Star Gold and Disney+Hotstar
RCB vs KKR Dream 11 Prediction
Wicketkeeper: Dinesh Karthik, Anuj Rawat
Batters: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis
All-rounders: Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer
Bowlers: Umesh Yadav, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj
Captain: Andre Russell
Vice-Captain: Faf du Plessis
RCB vs KKR Probable Playing XI
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Faf du Plessis(c), Virat Kohli, Anuj Rawat, Dinesh Karthik(w), Sherfane Rutherford, Shahbaz Ahmed, Wanindu Hasaranga, David Willey, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Mohammed Siraj
Kolkata Knight Riders: Venkatesh Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer(c), Nitish Rana, Sam Billings, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Sheldon Jackson(w), Umesh Yadav, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakaravarthy