Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL Tips

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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Match Details

  • Date: 2023-04-06
  • Start Time: 19:30
  • Location: Eden Gardens, Kolkata
  • Tournament: Indian Premier League 2023
  • Format: Indian Premier League
  • Tipster: Brian Thorpe

Tip Summary

  • Kolkata Knight Riders will be eager to make a comeback after losing to Punjab Kings in their last game by seven runs.
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Mumbai Indians in their opening match of the tournament by eight wickets.
  • KKR have a better record in head-to-head games as they have scored a victory in 17 of 31 league matches. 

Cricket fans should brace themselves for a nail-biting thriller on Thursday in the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League as arch-rivals Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders will be going one-on-one against each other. The ninth match of the T20 Extravaganza is scheduled to be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. 

Kolkata Knight Riders are going through times in the tournament because of the absence of two key players including the likes of skipper Shreyas Iyer and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. The two-time champion succumbed to a poor performance in their first game of the competition. 

They suffered a loss by seven runs against Punjab Kings and are reeling in the seventh place in the points table. The KKR skipper Nitish Rana won the toss in the game and opted to ball first. The Shikhar Dhawan-led side showed great promise with the bat as they posted 191 runs on the scoreboard. Bhanuka Rajapaksa was the top run-scorer for Punjab while Tim Southee picked the most wickets for Kolkata i.e two.

Chasing the score, the Knight Riders ended up with 146 runs in 16 overs before the game was interrupted by rain. Andre Rusell showed good promise as he smacked 35 runs off just 19 balls. However, KKR recorded a loss because of the D/L method.

As far as Royal Challengers Bangalore are concerned, they started the tournament on a dream note. Faf du Plessis-led side is occupying third place in the competition with two points under their belt. Bangalore defeated Mumbai Indians in their first match of the Indian Premier League 2023 by eight wickets. 

MI batted first in the game and scored 171 runs in 20 overs. Karn Sharma was the top bowler for the team with two wickets while Tilak Verma was the lone warrior for Mumbai with an unbeaten knock of 84 runs. Following the score in the second innings, RCB witnessed carnage by their opening batters. Virat Kohli ended up as the top run-scorer with a knock of 82 runs while the skipper also made headlines by adding 73 runs to the scoreboard. The all-rounder Glenn Maxwell also made his presence felt as he hammered 12 runs off just three balls. 

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Kolkata Knight Riders vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Tips

Top Kolkata Knight Riders Batter: Venkatesh Iyer

Top Batter
  • Tip By: Brian Thorpe
  • Tournament: Indian Premier League 2023

Kolkata Knight Riders’ can not count batting as their strength following the exclusion of two main players namely Shreyas Iyer and Shakib Al Hasan. However, there are a few batters in the team who are still reliable and the all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer is one of them. The young rookie showed good signs in the team’s first game against Punjab Kings. Batting at number four, Iyer added 34 runs to the scoreboard off 28 balls with the help of three boundaries and one maximum. He is expected to continue the rhythm and come up with a better performance on Thursday to take his team to their first win in the 16th season of the Indian Premier League.

Top Royal Challengers Bangalore Batter: Faf du Plessis

Top Batter
  • Tip By: Brian Thorpe
  • Tournament: Indian Premier League 2023
  • Date: 2023-04-06
  • Best Odds: 4.25 @ 1xBet

The odds are in the favor of Royal Challengers Bangalore’s opening batter Faf du Plessis to churn out a spectacular performance in the game against Kolkata Knight Riders and take his team to another win in the competition. The captain led from the front in the RCB’s first game against Mumbai Indians as he took home the Man of the Match award. When the team was chasing 172 runs, Faf returned with a splendid knock of 73 runs off just 43 balls at a strike rate of 169.77. His opening partnership of 148 runs with the former skipper Virat Kohli was the highlight of the event. Moreover, the 38-year-old ended up as the top run-getter for RCB in the last season when the team finished in third place. He was the seventh-highest run-getter overall with a whopping 468 runs to his name in 16 games at an average of over 31.

Top wicket-taker of the match: Varun Chakaravarthy

Top Wicket Taker
  • Tip By: Brian Thorpe
  • Tournament: Indian Premier League 2023

The spinner Varun Chakaravarthy is considered a find of the Indian Premier League. After a good ride in the 13th and 14th seasons of the T20 Championship, the bowler failed to make an impact last season. However, he looked good in the last game against Punjab Kings. Varun dismissed one batter in the form of Shikhar Dhawan while giving away 26 runs in his four overs. He also has good IPL records to his name. In 43 matches, the spinner has picked a total of 43 wickets at an economy rate of 7.21 and an average of 27.84.