RCB have won two out of two in Chennai. © BCCI/IPL
When MS Dhoni hasn’t exactly been “happy” with the Chennai dig in 10 years, it’s probably safe to assume that Royal Challengers Bangalore, with a bespoke batting line-up tuned to Chinnaswamy, must have had their justifiable share of adjustments this season. That they need managed to win both their games in Chennai, and remain the sole unbeaten team within the tournament, speaks of the crucial role played by the Harshal Patels and therefore the Shahbaz Ahmeds within the campaign thus far . This season already looks very different for them but as trends have shown over the years, it’s probably timely to assume anything.
In contrast, Kolkata Knight Riders are coming off a despairing loss to Mumbai Indians. Their amped-up powerplay game seems well-suited to a venue where scoring gets harder at the rear end, but the just one occasion their much vaunted middle-order was put to check , it crumbled. How Morgan can safeguard KKR’s new-found free-spirited approach to batting from that defeat could define the season for them, and it all starts with this game against RCB.
What to expect: Being the primary outdoor game of the season, it’ll be interesting to notice the change in tactics vis-a-vis batting second. Though it has been the well-liked option within the first four matches in Chennai, three out of these games are won by sides batting first. RCB did win while chasing but it had been off the last ball of the match.
Head To Head:RCB 12 – 14 KKR. within the last edition, RCB beat KKR by convincing margins in both the league games, including the just one occasion they restricted Morgan and Co. to 88 in Abu Dhabi , and caused a huge dent of -3.430 in their Net Run Rate. It meant KKR missed the Playoffs berth despite having an equivalent number of points (14) because the third-placed SRh and fourth placed RCB.