KKR vs RCB IPL 2023: Kolkata Knight Riders financial institution on residence consolation to bounce again in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore | Cricket Information – Occasions of India

With out key gamers, KKR face formidable RCB at residence
KOLKATA: A packed Eden Gardens is about to welcome again Kolkata Knight Riders once they play their first match right here after three years in opposition to Royal Challengers Bangalore at this iconic venue on Thursday.
Nevertheless, the passion is not going to be devoid of issues after the workforce went right down to Punjab Kings of their opening match this season.


KKR tackle star-studded RCB at residence

In distinction, the Faf du Plessis-led RCB have been off the block in fashion, recording a dominant win in opposition to Mumbai Indians. Though it’s an away match, the RCB is not going to lack inputs in regards to the floor as their Bengal duo Shahbaz Ahmed and Akash Deep have performed sufficient cricket right here. The workforce administration may even not hesitate to hunt ideas from former KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik, who can be desirous to return to his former den.
Opening is as soon as once more more likely to determine the end result of the match. Whereas KKR proceed to battle in getting off to a good begin, RCB’s victory over MI was scripted by their opening duo, the skipper and Virat Kohli.
The necessity of a very good begin has develop into all of the extra necessary for KKR as their middle-order seems brittle within the absence of Shreyas Iyer and Shakib Al Hasan. Venkatesh Iyer seemed a pale shadow of what he did for KKR in his opening season whereas far more is anticipated from skipper Nitish Rana and Rinku Singh.
In any case, their key man Andre Russell will want a very good platform to launch his assault.


Nevertheless, KKR’s new coach Chandrakant Pandit is holding religion in his batting unit. “I wouldn’t say that experience is lacking (in the top six). Every individual has created some impact at the domestic and international levels and they are all reputed cricketers. One cannot be judgmental after the first game,” he mentioned.
Issues will in fact be robust in opposition to a very good tempo unit of Mohammed Siraj, Akash Deep and Harshal Patel on a monitor which is anticipated have bounce and carry.


IPL 2023: Depleted KKR search residence consolation in opposition to star-studded RCB

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There’s an opportunity of England’s left-arm pacer David Willey changing his countrymate Reece Topley, who has suffered a shoulder dislocation.
Nevertheless, the absence of Rajat Patidar can impact RCB because the Madhya Pradesh batter cemented his place within the facet, scoring 404 runs in 12 IPL matches.


The hosts’ bowling additionally lacked consistency with their trump card Sunil Narine going for 40 runs in his 4 overs within the final match. There’s some excellent news for KKR as pacer Lockie Ferguson was seen bowling on the nets after recovering from an harm.
Nevertheless, it stays to be seen whether or not the New Zealand participant is match-fit to exchange Tim Southee, who leaked runs within the final recreation.

Roy joins KKR
In a transfer to strengthen their prime order, KKR have roped in England’s Jason Roy. With skipper Shreyas Iyer and Shakib Al Hasan out for the season, KKR wanted an skilled batter. Roy has earlier performed for 4 IPL sides particularly KKR, Delhi Capitals, Gujarat Lions and Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Coach Pandit welcomed Roy stating that “apart from being a top-order batter, he can be used as an impact player too.” The correct-handed batter, nonetheless, is not going to be out there for Thursday’s match and can be a part of the facet in Ahmedabad for KKR’s subsequent recreation in opposition to Gujarat Titans on Sunday.

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