IPL 2018, Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore, Match Preview

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On the other hand, RCB is again the strongest team on paper with some big hitters like AB de Villiers, Brendon McCullum, Parthiv Patel, Corey Anderson.

Trivia ahead of KKR vs RCB match: The captain winning the toss opted to chase in each of the 7 IPL matches played at the Eden Gardens last season.

A change of season and a rejigged side did not change the fortunes for Kohli and Co as Narine smashed RCB bowlers all across Eden Gardens. Nitish Rana also showed up average performance by chasing 34 out of 25 balls, and skipper Dinesh Karthik managed to score 33 out of 27 balls.

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After winning the toss, KKR has chose to bowl first against RCB.

Despite losing Chris Lynn early, Narine kept playing his shits as he toyed with the RCB bowling attack. New Zealand all-rounders Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme and bowler Tim Southee join former global superstar Brendon McCullum on the roster. In his innings of 44 from 23 balls, he struck a whopping five sixes to go with a four.

Sunil Narine has increasingly proven his utility as a batsman in recent years. Since the 2015 IPL, Karthik has batted 16 times in the first six overs and faced 63 deliveries for a strike rate of 92.1. We made a pretty good game out of it, to drag it till the 19th over and take those wickets was a big positive. Narine's assault began against Chris Woakes in the fourth over.

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Asked to bat, Bangalore lost Quinton de Kock (18) early.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Brendon McCullum, Quinton de Kock (wk), Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Washington Sundar, Chris Woakes, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Aniket Choudhary.

At least Virat Kohli is fit to start the competition: The skipper and his side never really recovered from his absence at the beginning of the 2017 campaign and he will need to come close to his IPL 9 form where he took the Orange Cap with 973 runs. After taking a well-deserved break from cricket, Captain Kohli will be raring to go. Bringing on a part-time spinner with de Villiers and Kohli at the crease was risky indeed, but their prediction for a 30-run over turned into a masterstroke when he had both batsmen dismissed off the next two balls.

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