Bangalore have got off to the perfect start in the 2021 edition of the Indian T20 League. They participated in the inaugural game of the competition, where they defeated the most successful team of this tournament – Mumbai. In their second match, they got the better of another strong team in Hyderabad.
Having gained the early momentum that they wished for, their job now is to maintain consistency and not let complacency hamper their performance. For Kolkata, who suffered a demoralizing defeat against Mumbai in their last match, it will be about getting their season back on track.
Bangalore vs Kolkata
Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai
Date & Time: 18th April at 3:30 PM IST
Live Streaming: Star Sports Network, Disney+ Hotstar
The track here in Chennai is favouring the bowlers slightly more than the batsmen. That being said, the batsmen can also do well here if they take their time to settle down.
Probable Playing XIs for BAN vs KOL:
Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli, Shahbaz Ahmed, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj.
Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (C), Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (WK), Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Harbhajan Singh, Prasidh Krishna.
Top Picks for BAN vs KOL 11Wickets Match:
Virat Kohli has scored 66 runs in the first 2 games of this competition. He is looking in good touch and a big knock can be expected from his blade.
Nitish Rana has been excellent in his role of an opener for Kolkata. He has scored 130+ runs in the first two matches, having scored half-centuries in both matches.
Andre Russell’s bat hasn’t got going yet, but he has been excellent with his bowling. In the last game against Mumbai, he scalped 5 wickets.
AB de Villiers had a grand start to his season against Mumbai, as he scored a match-winning 48. He will be aiming to play a similar knock in this game.
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for BAN vs KOL 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:
AB de Villiers, Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli (C), Devdutt Padikkal, Nitish Rana (VC), Andre Russell, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Mohammad Siraj
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for BAN vs KOL 11Wickets Fantasy Cricket:
AB de Villiers (C), Virat Kohli, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Glenn Maxwell, Andre Russell (VC), Shakib Al Hasan, Washington Sundar, Harshal Patel, Pat Cummins, Mohammad Siraj
Captain and Vice-Captain Options
Captain Options: AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli
Vice-Captain Options: Nitish Rana, Andre Russell