Kolkata Knight Riders meet Royal Challengers Bangalore in a crucial contest. KKR come into the match with five consecutive wins on their back while RCB come bruised after Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated them. As two teams will be in action later we take a look at top five players who can be potential game changer in match number 49.
1. Robin Uthappa (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Robin Uthappa is in supreme touch and has scored 489 runs in 12 innings so far at an average of 40.75. He gets into the attacking mode right from beginning and never looks back. Uthappa has also scored seven 40-plus consecutive scores, the only batsman in IPL history to do so and there is every possibility of him ameliorating his record when he comes out to bat against RCB.
2. Shakib AL Hassan (Kolkata Knight Riders)
The best thing about Shakib Al Hassan’s game is that he contributes effectively in both the departments. He has been economical and tightens the screws around batsmen with his slow left-arm bowling. Shakib doesn’t stop there and is a prime figure in KKR middle order. He has a strike rate of 158.13 from seven innings and plays as a finisher in the team.
3. Virat Kohli (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Virat Kohli’s knock of 67 runs against Chennai Super Kings must have been relieving for RCB and his fans. Kohli struggled to come to terms throughout the tournament and now having found his lost elegance he needs to be consistent which has been the main feature of his career and distinguishes him from others.
4. Chris Gayle (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Chris Gayle is not in best of his form and is evidently struggling to score runs. Facing KKR should come as an impetus for the Jamaican as his record against the Kolkata side has been impressive. He has scored 346 runs at a strike-rate of 157.99 in six innings with one century and two half-centuries to his name.
5. Dark Horse: Gautam Gambhir (Kolkata Knight Riders)
Gautam Gambhir is a happy captain now having led his team to five successive wins but his form has taken a dip as in last few games he has not scored much as his team would have wanted. Gambhir needs to be back amongst runs with some important games coming up.