The ninth game of IPL 2023 will be played between two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders and perennial underachievers Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. This will be KKR’s first home game of the season.
While RCB still continue to search for their first IPL title, it can be noted that they have been one of the top teams in the last three seasons of the tournament. And they started the on-going season too on a strong note, defeating Mumbai Indians comprehensively in their first game. They put up a combined bowling effort to restrict MI to a first innings total of 171 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, which they chased down in only 16.2 overs. Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 82 off 49 while Faf du Plessis scored 73 off 43. RCB have reached the playoffs in each of the last three seasons and will be looking to go all the way to the final this year.
KKR, on the other hand, appear to be one of the weakest teams this season. They lost to Punjab Kings in a rain-curtailed match and will be looking to bounce back stronger at their home ground. KKR have been Jason Roy as replacement for Shreyas Iyer, but Roy will not be available for the next game. He will be available from April 8 onwards.
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IPL 2023 KKR vs RCB Predicted XI
Kolkata Knight Riders Predicted XI
N Jagadeesan (wk), Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Nitish Rana (c), Venkatesh Iyer, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Shardul Thakur, Sunil Narine, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy
Royal Challengers Bangalore Predicted XI
Faf du Plessis (capt), Virat Kohli, Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Michael Bracewell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shahbaz Ahmed, Harshal Patel, Akash Deep, Reece Topley, Mohammed Siraj
KKR vs RCB Match 9 Details
Match: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Date & Time: April 5, 7:30 PM
Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Kolkata vs Bangalore Match 9 Fantasy Team
Wicketkeeper: Rahmanullah Gurbaz
Batters: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis (vc), Nitish Rana
All-rounders: Sunil Narine, Glenn Maxwell, Andre Russell (c)
Bowlers: Umesh Yadav, Harshal Patel, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj
KKR vs RCB IPL Match Weather and Pitch Report
The Eden Gardens pitch is a balanced one. It has something for both the pacers and spinners. The average first innings score in IPL matches at this ground is 165 and the teams chasing have had a better chance at winning.
The weather, meanwhile, will be humid during the game. The temperature is likely to be in the range of 27 to 29 degree Celsius. No rain has been forecast.
KKR vs RCB Head to Head History
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KKR vs RCB IPL 2023 Match Broadcasting Channels
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KKR vs RCB Match Live Streaming
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KKR vs RCB Match Prediction
Going by how both the teams performed in their respective opening games, RCB surely have an upper hand in this contest. However, the boundary at Eden Gardens isn’t as small as that of Chinnaswamy, so run scoring will not be as easy as Kohli and du Plessis made it look like against Mumbai Indians. Andre Russell and Sunil Narine will be playing their 100th and 150th IPL game respectively, and will be looking to make it memorable.