Kolkata appear down and out after seven games
- KKR win the last contest between these teams earlier this year
- RCB will hope for spinners to step up
Quite a few things have changed since KKR beat RCB earlier in the season. Kolkata have since lost four matches on the trot and are struggling to find heroes in their line-up. Kolkata Knight Riders have odds of 2.07 to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore have had two wins on the trot, beating Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals in back-to-back games and will hope to take down a struggling KKR to win their fifth match of the season and head into the top four. Royal Challengers Bangalore have odds of 1.73 to Kolkata Knight Riders.
Head-to-head record, RCB v KKR
The head-to-head record between these teams has seen Kolkata edge ahead in recent matches including a brilliant win earlier in the season against RCB. Overall, Kolkata have 18 wins and Royal Challengers Bangalore have 14 victories.
The pitch and conditions in Chinnaswamy stadium would suit batters without a shade of doubt. There could be early help for seamers too, which could mean the team winning the toss bowling first.
Royal Challengers Bangalore are on a roll while Kolkata are struggling to stay afloat in the competition. With their strong batting line-up, expect RCB to dominate this contest. They have a win probability of 58% to win this game.
The average score at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru is around 170-180 runs. Given that it’s a night game, expect 200 to be a bare minimum to post a winning total here.
Pitch and conditions
The pitch here is expected to be a belter with plenty of runs on offer. The spinners have struggled in the night matches and batters, particularly while chasing, have enjoyed better returns.
Players to keep an eye on…
RCB Predicted playing XI:
Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli(C), Mahipal Lomror, Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed, Dinesh Karthik, Suyash Prabhudessai, David Willey, Wanindu Hasaranga, Mohammed Siraj, Vyshak Vijaykumar
KKR Predicted playing XI:
Jason Roy, Narayan Jagadeesan, Nitish Rana(C), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, David Wiese, Kulwant Khejroliya, Suyash Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy
Virat Kohli: Kohli was dismissed for a first-ball duck last match but has had a good record this season, particularly at home. Kohli could be tested by the KKR spinners here, though, making this a challenge for Kohli, but expect him to shine here.
Jason Roy: With a flat surface on offer, expect Jason Roy to shine here against the RCB attack if he manages to get through the Mohammed Siraj spell.
IPL 2023, Match 36 predictions
Based on all of the above factors, we predict that Royal Challengers Bangalore will win the match.Recommended Bet by 10CRIC
RCB v KKR Betting tips
Apart from betting on Bangalore to win the match, check our other recommended bet about RCB’s best bowler.
Mohammed Siraj has been sharp in the powerplay and against a weak batting line-up like KKR’s, Siraj could get a truckload of wickets early on to dent the visitors. Back Siraj at 4.46 to be RCB’s top bowler!