Royal Challengers to take on seething Knight Riders
Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Tuesday, April 10th 4pm
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
The Royal Challengers Bangalore will wish to build on their win against a weak Delhi Daredevils side on Saturday in their match against Kolkata Knight Riders on Tuesday.
Importantly for Bangalore, their win came with two big players Chris Gayle and Tillakaratne Dilshan sitting out while another, Virat Kohli couldn’t make a major contribution. The win was a result of resolute batting from AB de Villiers with the tail and superb defending from the whole side.
A team effort like that can add a spring to the steps of the Royal Challengers when they step on the green at M Chinnaswamy on Tuesday.
Kolkata Knight Riders on the other hand are coming off two defeats, both due to batting failures. Quick setbacks in the rain riddled game against Delhi and a slow choke that consumed the top and middle order against Rajasthan have marred what is one of the best batting line ups on paper.
Skipper Gautam Gambhir also has not played his best overseas line up with Marchant de Lange and Sunil Narine getting games at the cost of Shakib Al Hasan.
Daniel Vettori will not have a problem though if Chris Gayle is fit enough for the think tank to take a chance on, Andrew McDonald did no wrong on Saturday but Muttiah Muralitharan’s 3/25 means he won’t be the one sitting out.
Virat Kohli and Gayle if he plays will want to announce themselves in IPL 5 immediately while up against a proud Kolkata side, one that under Gambhir has proved itself to be more than capable of dealing with any side in their path.
The clash between a side with camaraderie and momentum and another that is hungry, hurt and dangerous will make for great viewing for another expected full house at the Chinnaswamy.
Gautam Gambhir is India’s best player of spin and negating the guiles of Vettori and Muralitharan will be just another day in the office for him. But Zaheer Khan knows a thing or two about getting left handed openers back to the pavilion in no time.
Brett Lee can shake the best in the business. Chris Gayle can hit the best in the business out of the park and he’s done it to Lee once before.
Harshal Patel was held back late by Vettori against Delhi and when finally brought into the attack the youngster bowled with impressive pace and showed superb control and cunning with his variations. Expect him to get a longer run and an exciting clash against the likes of Yusuf Pathan, Jacques Kallis and Manoj Tiwary.